Abbey appoints non-executive director

Abbey has appointed Rosemary Thorne as a non-executive director with effect from July 1 2006.

Thorne is currently chief financial officer of Ladbrokes and was formerly group finance director of Bradford & Bingley, J Sainsbury, and group financial controller of Grand Metropolitan.

She is currently a non-executive director of Cadbury Schweppes and a member of the Financial Reporting Council, Financial Reporting Review Panel and Hundred Group Main Committee.

Thorne will also be appointed to Abbeys Audit and Risk Committee.