City Moves for 31 March 2017 - who's switching jobs at RBS, Thrings and Formula 1

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Today's City Moves cover financial services, legal eagles and sports. Take a look at these movers and shakers:


Helen Cook has been announced as the new chief HR officer for RBS. Reporting directly to chief executive Ross McEwan, she will be responsible for all aspects of the bank’s human resources function. She will take on the role after serving as the bank’s HR director of organisation and performance – prior to this she held a number of other senior HR roles since joining in 2001. Helen began her banking career at Deutsche Bank (then Morgan Grenfell) where she spent six years. Helen then moved to Morgan Stanley before moving to Scotland where she joined RBS. Helen is a founding member of The Two Percent Club in Scotland, which aims to get more women into senior business roles. Helen was born in Birmingham, but grew up in Kenya and Pakistan. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is married with two young children. Helen will start her new role on 3 April, subject to regulatory approval. She will succeed Elaine Arden who held this role for seven years.


Top 100 law firm Thrings has strengthened its private client offering in London with the appointment of Stuart Crippin as partner. Stuart, who worked as a private client solicitor at Thrings between 2009 and 2011, returns to the firm’s Pall Mall office from City firm Mischon de Reya, where he was a managing associate in the private tax group. An expert in personal taxation and wealth planning, Stuart’s work has also been recognised by the Legal 500. His practice encompasses UK and offshore tax, trust and estate planning, and he has a particular interest in contentious probate work and the UK tax aspects of resolving estate and trust disputes. Stuart is also a full member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners), the worldwide body for trust and estate professional profession. Stuart will work closely with Thrings’ commercial teams to offer tax and planning advice to private clients.

Formula 1

Formula 1 (F1) has appointed Ian Holmes as global director of media rights and Kate Beavan as global director of hospitality, experiences and packages. Ian will lead a team with core responsibilities for the licensing of audio visual rights to third parties across linear, non-linear, full length and short-form content. His role will also involve managing additional rights for archive footage, post-produced programming, the newly rebranded F2 series, GP3, the Porsche Supercup and other subsidiary events. Kate will be responsible for continuing to grow a “best in class” hospitality programme as well as driving innovation in all aspects of corporate and fan packages associated with the F1 schedule.

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