UK real estate business, The Crown Estate, has appointed Robin Budenberg as chairman. Robin is a prominent figure from the UK finance sector and his appointment follows the retirement of Sir Stuart Hampson. He is currently London chairman of Centerview Partners and a non-executive director for Charity Bank and the Big Society Trust. Robin is the former chairman and chief executive of UK Financial Investments, whose responsibilities include managing the government’s shareholdings in The Royal Bank of Scotland Group and Lloyds Banking Group.
Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Daniel Trinder as head of regulatory reform. Daniel will report to Neil Barry, group head of compliance and be based in London. He will join Standard Chartered from Deutsche Bank where he was the managing director and global head of regulatory policy. Daniel will be responsible for ensuring the bank is prepared to meet the challenges of constant and rapid regulatory change. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Daniel worked at Goldman Sachs and held a number of positions in Her Majesty’s Treasury, including heading the European and international financial services division.
Smith & Williamson
Tim Adams, Luke Brooks, Rebecca Shepherd and Chris Springett have all been promoted to partner at Smith & Williamson, the accountancy, investment management and tax group. Tim, who is a founding member of Smith & Williamson’s Entrepreneurs Group, has been promoted to partner within the assurance and business services division while Luke specialises in advising partners in law firms, sportspeople and entrepreneurs on their financial planning. Rebecca, who manages a selection of investment, has been promoted to partner of Smith & Williamson Investment Management. Meanwhile, Chris has been promoted to partner within the private client tax services team.
Specialist financial services group, Ecclesiastical, has appointed John Blundell as managing director of its UK general insurance business. Before joining Ecclesiastical from Covea, where he was Deputy CEO, John was managing director at Sterling Insurance Group prior to their acquisition in February 2015. He was MD of St Andrews Group (part of HBOS), and held senior roles at Mercantile/Barclays and Consolidated Insurance Group. John holds a law degree from Sheffield University and is ACII qualified.
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