Santander UK executive director for retail distribution and intermediaries Alison Britt- ain has quit to join Lloyds Banking Group.
She will stay at Santander until September to hand over to her successor when one is appointed. Abbey for Intermediaries managing director Alan Matthewson will take over Brittain’s role until then.
Brittain will join as group director for the Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland retail banks on September 5, subject to approval from the FSA.
She will report to LBG group chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio, who also moved across from Santander in March, and will be a member of the group executive committee.
Before joining Santander, Brittain spent 19 years with Barclays in roles including director of the Barclays and Woolwich retail networks and managing director of Barclays Business Banking.
Santander has made a number of recent appointments. It promoted head of corporate and commercial banking Steve Pateman to executive director of corporate and commercial banking, subject to FSA approval.
Jennifer Scardino has joined Santander from Citigroup as director of communications, corporate social responsibility and public policy and as a member of its executive committee.
Capital Fortune managing director Rob Killeen says: “Lloyds is clearly on a headhunting mission and is bringing in heavy hitters to assist in its fut- ure strategy.
“One hopes directorship losses for Santander of Antonio Horta-Osorio and now Alison Brittain will not be deemed fundamental when it lists on the stock exchange later this year.”