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People on the move: Mortgages

Nationwide has appointed Andy McQueen as divisional director for mortgages and savings. McQueen, who replaces Matthew Carter, was previously divisional director of specialist lending, covering both The Mortgage Works and the building society’s former intermediary arm UCB Home Loans. He will be responsible for the creation and marketing of all mortgage and savings products.

Simon White, the former director of the now defunct Ashdown Lyons, has launched a new surveyor called London’s Chartered Surveyors and Valuers. Based in London’s Pall Mall, White’s new firm will look to service the same customer base that he worked with at Ashdown Lyons Mayfair. Ray Clune, formerly a senior surveyor at Ashdown Lyons Mayfair, joins White as a director at the new surveyor.

LeadPoint has appointed Emma Smith and Keri Butler as it looks to expand its business. Smith has joined the corporate development team, which is responsible for recruiting and managing lead suppliers, and Butler has joined as an account manager to work with new and existing lead buyers.

Paul Munford has bought up the remaining 50 per cent of Purely Mortgages as he plans to deregulate the Mortgage Centre IFA. Mortgage Centre IFA will continue to offer commercial and investment lending but only Purely Mortgages will remain as a regulated adviser, trading as an appointed representative under Mortgage Intelligence.

Yorkshire Building Society spokesman David Holmes is retiring after 32 years with the mutual to spend more time with his family. recruitment


Draw a clear dividing line on distribution

This newspaper’s exposure of errors at Barclays Bank which allowed the Aviva global income fund to be wrongly classified and expose clients to unacceptable risk and financial loss has since been picked up in the wider media and we continue to unearth more examples of the bank’s clients receiving inappropriate advice concerning this fund.

Analysis: The City’s future

A group of British-based financial services leaders attempted today to “draw a line in the sand” under the industry’s recent woes, saying in a Treasury-commissioned report that the country would remain globally competitive in the field.At a press briefing to launch the report, UK international financial services: the future, Sir Winfried Bischoff, the former chairman […]

Gartmore appoints head of high yield

Kam Tugnait is joining Gartmore as head of high yield with responsibility for the High Yield Corporate Bond fund. He will run the £130.7m fund with Simon Surtees, although the group has not yet decided who will be the named lead manager. Surtees previously managed the fund with Karl Bergqwist, the co-head of the fixed […]

Choose life…

Sarah Scott  – Marketing Consultant, Royal London  This month sees the return of Renton, Sickboy, Begbie and Spud in the sequel to the film Trainspotting. Just over 20 years later, we return to see exactly how life treated the characters whose lifestyle was less than ideal back in 1996. Did they choose a job, choose […]


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