Marion Dakers
Sally Bott has joined the bank as group human resources director and member of the executive committee. Bott will start her role in April, replacing Cathy Turner. She joins from BP, where she was HR director, and has also recently served as a non-exec board member at UBS. Before this, she was managing director and head of HR at Marsh & McLennan. This will be Bott’s second stint at Barclays, having worked there in HR from 1997 to 2000.

Amanda Blanc yesterday started as chief executive of the insurer’s commercial lines business, including its distribution arm Bluefin Insurance Services. She will report to group chief executive Paul Evans and will become a member of the AXA UK board – the first woman to do so.

Blanc won the title of City Woman of the Year in 2008. She comes to AXA from Towergate Partnership, where she was most recently deputy group chief executive officer having joined in 2006.

She has also held senior positions at Commercial Union, AXA and Groupama.

Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets
Four new hires were announced yesterday, as part of the banking division’s push for new and existing clients this year.

Alex Wilson has been appointed managing director and head of banks for northern Europe, after more than ten years in client-facing roles in the business. Wilson will be responsible for Sofia Larsen and Anders Jensen, who have taken newly-created roles as relationship managers in the global financial institutions team, and Philippe Wenden who will work with French bank clients.

Larsen, originally from Sweden, has spent ten years covering financial firms at WestLB, HSBC and most recently NAB. Anders has been with Lloyds since October, and has previously covered German-speaking firms for BNP Paribas Fortis and Saxo Bank. Wenden also joins from BNP Paribas.

Lester Aldridge
The law firm has hired Allan Reason as a partner in its London dispute resolution team. Reason has experience of disputes in banking, commercial and property sectors, and has advised high net worth individuals on contentious matters. He has worked on both litigation and alternative dispute resolution, with experience of the London Court of International Arbitration.