Lloyds’ national accounts head quits

Maria Harris, head of national accounts at Lloyds Banking Group, is leaving the company following a re-organisation.

Peter Curran, previously head of intermediary distribution will become director of strategic partnerships and national accounts at Lloyds group, following a secondment at Lloyds TSB’s branch network.

Curran will have a wide-ranging role with responsibility for national accounts and housing development while also deputising for Mike Jones, director of intermediaries.

Ian Wilson, head of sales at Halifax Intermediaries and Phil Rickard, head of sales at BM Solutions, will remain in their roles.

Harris will stay at the bank for the next three months and help implement the changes.

Jones, says: “The changes that we’ve announced today to the Intermediaries business show that we’re in the best place to drive this business forward.

“The new leadership team and I are dedicated to ensuring that the intermediary is right at the centre of everything we do, and I look forward to sharing more of our plans in the coming months.

“I wish Maria Harris all the very best as she leaves the group to take on new opportunities. She has been a tremendous member of the team, and has taken the national accounts team from strength to strength.

“Over the next three months, Maria will help us deliver our new strategy. She’ll be a real loss to us and I’m sure will be a great success in future opportunities.”

Harris adds: “The shape of the intermediary structure is changing for the better.

“I wish Mike’s new team every success as they move forward, and feel that now is the right time for me to look for a new challenge.The intermediary market is a great place to work.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time with the group and have made a lot of friends along the way.”