Aberdeen boss gets helicopter ambulance off to a flying start

THE CAPITALIST recently reported that ex-Deutsche chief Graham Hodgkin had taken on the job of London’s Air Ambulance CEO – and he is wasting no time putting his stamp on the charity. The rescue chopper has had a makeover and returned from its annual service with emergency codes emblazoned on the tail. Hodgkin explained: “Our aircraft provides the opportunity to deliver messages to potential donors, hence the strategic new look.”

The Capitalist can also reveal that Aberdeen Asset boss Martin Gilbert has become a Patron of the charity: “It deserves the backing of everyone who lives, works and travels in London,” said Gilbert.

■ Time for an inspirational story to warm the cockles. The Capitalist hears that Londoner Kofi Owusu-Ansah (pictured) has managed to teach himself the syllabus for the accountancy ACCA qualification, while at the same time studying for a degree in physics and working part-time as a cleaner in the City to fund his studies. Despite not having any financial support, Owusu-Ansah has now passed 18 fundamental and professional qualification papers, all on the first attempt. He is now pursuing a career in accountancy and tells The Capitalist he has got through the first recruitment round at PwC.

■ Before it melts away, Broadgate Ice Rink is having one last hurrah tonight, hosting a singles speed skating evening with Lovestruck.com. The Capitalist isn’t sure if falling into an icy puddle is the best icebreaker for our City singles. Unfortunately the cocktails provided by Square Mile watering hole Corney & Barrow are strictly non-alcoholic, so no chance of numbing the inevitable fall. However good news if your Valentine is from UBS, Icap, or RBS, as The Capitalist is told speed skaters from all three are set to appear. There is capacity for 300, so be sure to get your skates on.