Employers are finally getting to grips with the Apprenticeship Levy, a new survey from the IoD has revealed, with over half of employers who use the system now saying they understand it ‘perfectly’, a 42% increase since March (from 36% in March to 51% in November). However, the poll of business leaders revealed that awareness…

Record levels of employment, Brexit and the ongoing skills shortage have resulted in increased business for recruiters in the last year, according to new research from independent financial services provider, Bibby Financial Services (BFS). Nearly three-fifths (59%) of companies in the sector experienced improved business performance over the past 12 months, with nearly two thirds…

Pay.UK has announced the appointment of Nathalie Oestmann as a new Non-Executive Director to its board. Nathalie Oestmann works at IDEMIA – a world leader in digital security and identification technologies – where she is Senior Vice President of Global Innovation Strategy, Marketing & Partnerships/M&A for the Financial Institutions Business Unit.  Oestmann has extensive international…

Shoosmiths has appointed Gemma Napper as Partner to its national financial services team. Napper completed her training contract at Shoosmiths in 2004, qualifying into a corporate role, later specialising as a financial services lawyer. In 2009 she joined Arthur Cox in the firm’s banking team, before leaving to work in-house at Opel Vauxhall Finance. For…

The Credit Services Association (CSA), the voice of the UK debt collection and purchase industry, has appointed Zoe Dellow as its new Senior Learning & Development Consultant to further drive the CSA apprenticeship programme. Dellow will be working with members and the wider industry on the Association’s Learning & Development (L&D) initiatives to ensure a…

Registry Trust has announced that Mick McAteer Deputy Chair. Registry Trust is a non-profit organisation which collects decree and judgment information from jurisdictions across the British Isles and Ireland. McAteer, who has been an independent director of the Trust since 2016, takes up the position with immediate effect. Malcolm Hurlston CBE remains chairman He is…

Indesser, a joint venture between TDX Group (an Equifax company) and the Cabinet Office to support debt management, has announced Andy Briscoe as its new independent Chair. Briscoe brings a wealth of expertise to the role, with more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, insurance, and healthcare, including at Centrica and Bupa. He will…

Specialist Bank, Aldermore has published its second report revealing progress against the targets it committed to when signing the HM Treasury Women in Finance Charter in 2016. The report reveals an increase in female representation in senior leadership roles, achieving its 30% target ahead of the announced 2020 goal. Aldermore committed to the Charter in…

Provident Financial has announced the appointment of Simon Thomas as Chief Finance Officer. Thomas will join the board and start as Chief Finance Officer on the 3rd December 2018. Andrew Fisher, the current Finance Director will step down from the Provident Financial board when Thomas takes up his appointment, but will remain employed by the company…

Vanquis Bank has announced its Managing Director will step down. In a statement, the company said that the Board of Vanquis Bank announces that Chris Sweeney, Managing Director, Vanquis Bank will from today step down from his role and also the Board of Vanquis Bank. Sweeney will remain employed by Provident Financial Group until the end…

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