Former Rock director moves on

Simon Laffin, the former Northern Rock director who helped devise the lender’s rescue strategy, will join healthcare support services firm Assura as chairman in September. Laffin, a former Safeway finance director and Mitchells & Butlers chairman, will succeed Rodney Baker-Bates at Assura. Laffin currently chairs Hozelock Group, is on the boards of marketing group Aegis and property developer Quintain, and advises CVC Capital.