Lloyds boss returns with a smile for the cameras

LLOYDS chief executive António Horta-Osório returned to his first day of work after two months’ sick leave yesterday, taking five minutes out of his morning to pose for photos outside its Gresham Street HQ.

His return came as the bank appointed Rothschild, the investment bank, to advise on its options for its business in the United Arab Emirates, with a possible sale on the cards as the group scales down its international presence.

Horta-Osório said he was “thrilled” to be back. He will spend this week meeting executives to discuss their new roles.