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HBOS appoints mortgage boss

HBOS has appointed Joe Higgins as head of mortgages overseeing product development, policies and strategies across the lender’s five brands.

Higgins, who is currently chief operating officer at Bank of Scotland Ireland, will take up the role on March 5. He has been with HBOS for 10 years.

Higgins will re-port to Peter Jackson, head of products, and work alongside Nigel Stockton, managing director of HBOS Intermediaries, and David Nicholson, head of retail networks and e-commerce.

A spokesman for HBOS says: “Joe will be the driving force behind our mortgage business.”

John Malone, managing director of Premier Mortgage Service, says: “The southern Ireland market is worth about 25bn and now Higgins will be running the show across the UK which includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

“This is a step up but maybe he has shown that he has the qualifications and qualities to do it.”


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