Countrywide: Curran joins as Batchelor quits

Lloyds director of strategic partnerships Peter Curran is set to join Countrywide while Guy Batchelor will leave his role as managing director of corporate business.

Curran will leave Lloyds on 30 April and be replaced by Ian Wilson, head of Halifax Intermediary, on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is found. He will report to Countrywide financial services director Nigel Stockton and will be tasked with growing the firm’s financial services division.

Batchelor, who has been at Countrywide for over six years, will leave at the end of April, with his team then reporting to Stockton. It is thought Batchelor wants to pursue opportunities in mortgage lending once more.

Sources say Curran’s arrival and Batchelor’s departure are not related.

Lloyds director of intermediaries Mike Jones, who is also managing director of Scottish Widows Bank, says: “Peter has been particularly influential in the development of the UK mortgage market through the recession and in its rapid recovery. He has shown significant leadership and been key to designing, implementing and leading our mortgage strategy over this time.”

Stockton says: “We remain focused on working with the leading banks and financial services brands to bring improved products and services to the market. Peter brings considerable experience and expertise to add to our growing financial services business.”

Speaking of Batchelor’s departure, Countrywide chief executive Alison Platt says: “After reorganising the company’s B2B sales and marketing activities, Guy and his team have won and retained many new service contracts at tender. Over the past six years, Guy has initiated and grown many new substantial corporate relationships for the company. He will be missed by the business and we wish him well in his future career.”

Curran, who will join Countrywide on 1 June, has spent more than 20 years at Lloyds, the last three-and-a-half of which he has been director of strategic relationships.

Batchelor joined Countrywide in October 2008. Between 2006 and 2008 he was senior vice-president of Lehman Brothers’ European mortgage division and, in the nine years before, he was sales and marketing director of Platform.