M&S hires Lloyds director to board

Marks and Spencer has hired Alison Brittain, one of the most senior women in the banking industry, as a non-executive director. Brittain, who is currently head of retail banking at Lloyds, will help bring her experience of running one of the UK’s biggest branch networks to the group, which has suffered a decline in clothing and homeware sales for nine consecutive quarters. She is due to join the board in the New Year.