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TV quiz show host gets down to Earth

TV quiz show host Nick Han- cock is joining Earth Mort- gages as sales and market- ing director.

Hancock, long-time host of sporting quiz show They Think It’s All Over, has joined the mortgage intermediary firm after meeting its directors earlier this year through a mutual friend.

Earth chief executive and managing director Mike Worthington says a shared passion for sport triggered a friendship with Hancock, who says he is looking for a long-term business challenge giving him the leeway to still pursue his acting and presenting career.

Rotherham-based Earth has 200 staff, including a number of mortgage advisers, and is also looking to appoint a non-executive director with significant financial services experience to strengthen its board.

Hancock, who spent last week entertaining business clients of the firm, was unavailable for comment.

Worthington says: “We were looking for a high-profile marketing manager to take over the work we had done over the past few years.

“We needed someone with a media background, a household name with a very positive high profile to help develop the brand into a nationally recognised one.”


Taylor leaves Origen and looks for new challenge

Origen business development director Tudor Taylor is leav- ing the firm and seeking a move elsewhere within fin- ancial services. Taylor was part of the executive team which brought together the five IFA businesses under the Origen brand and was chief executive of Wentworth Rose, Aegon UK’s first IFA acquisition in 2002. Origen says it […]

Build a wood pile

The Kyoto agreement has created an investment opportunity for higher-rate taxpayers who can make an initial investment of 100,000. This opportunity has arisen because commercial polluters of the environment, such as chemical and gas compan- ies, face a punitive climate levy tax on their businesses unless they buy carbon credits.

Investec hires fixed income specialist

Investec has appointed Peter Eerdmans as emerging markets portfolio manager in its global fixed income team. Based in Cape Town, Eerdmans will be responsible for expanding the emerging market fixed income capability at Investec.Eerdmans joins after four years at Watson Wyatt where he was a senior investment consultant responsible for UK and European fixed income […]


I married an alien

Pre-owned asset tax Scottish Equitable International technical manager Margaret Jago warns on spouse-alienation plans


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