Mark Blackwell laid off after six months at A&L

Mark Blackwell has been made redundant from his role as director of intermediary sales at Alliance & Leicester after just six months in the job.

A spokeswoman for A&L says the decision is the result of a senior management review within the lender’s broker sales division and its increasing fo- cus on asset quality rather than lending volume.

She claims A&L has no plans for further redundancies.

Blackwell previously worked at Cheltenham & Gloucester, which he joined from The Derbyshire.