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Virgin brings in staff for bank

Virgin Money has appointed former senior staff of Royal Bank of Scotland, Bradford & Bingley and HBOS as it develops its banking proposition.

Virgin has recruited former RBS executive Finlay William-son as finance director, former Bradford & Bingley director of savings Ian Cornelius as banking director and HBOS head of legal for retail Marcus Eze-kiel as commercial director.

A Virgin Money spokesman says: “We are hiring people with the relevant skills and experience and Finlay, Ian and Marcus will be invaluable to the Virgin business.”

Earlier this month, Virgin Money agreed a deal to buy small regional private bank Church House Trust for £12.3m and the company will use it as the platform for its retail banking launch.


Aviva academy signs 5,000 members

The Aviva Financial Adviser Academy has signed up 5,000 members since its launch in March 2008. The academy, in partnership with the Chartered Insurance Institute, offers an education package which aims to help advisers attain the CII diploma in financial planning. Since the academy was laun-ched, more than 2,800 members have sat a CII diploma […]

Hornbuckle shuts London office in Sipp admin move

Hornbuckle Mitchell is closing its London office and transferring its Sipp administration services to Leicester. The firm says no staff are being forced to take redund-ancy although there may be some who do not want to move from London. Managing director Dave White says that while the company is not reducing staff numbers, the relocation […]


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