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While on the subject…

While on the subject of Godiva Mortgages, the Diary wonders if some modern-day Godiva were to ride naked round, say, the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association dinner in protest at outrageous arrangement fees or stamp duty – would the males of the mortgage industry manage to look away and keep her dignity? The Diary, believing very much in human nature, thinks they would.


Winterthur unveils new management structure

Winterthur has unveiled a new management team for its UK IFA business following David Thompson’s recent appointment as managing director with all roles recruited internally.In a newly formed department, Nick Lee will be head of marketing and Winterthur’s Professional Edge adviser support service.Bernard Henshall will be head of investment distribution, Frank Parsons will be director […]

Philip Williamson

Nationwide’s outgoing chief executive recalls how he took a £45,000 pay cut in his enthusiasm to join the society in 1991. Since then, he has helped to double its mortgage book and gain a reputation for fairness with customers and staff. When he departs this week, he will leave the UK’s most prominent mutual poised to become the country’s second-biggest lender. Interview by Guy Anker.


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