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The Weir Group has appointed Chris Rickard as group FD designate to take over from current group FD Ian Boyd, who will retire at the end of 2003. Rickard joins from aerospace and electronics group Meggitt, where he also served as group FD.

Next group financial controller Bill Barnes has been appointed finance director of DFS. Former FD Ian Bowness will continue to work for the company on a consultancy basis to ensure a “smooth handover”.

Brambles CFO David Turner has been promoted to chief executive, following the resignation of Sir CK Chow. Turner has served in senior financial roles at GKN and Booker.

Regus group FD Stephen Stamp is leaving the company to “pursue other opportunities”. Rudy Lobo will take on the role on an interim basis. Stamp guided the company’s flotation on Nasdaq and the LSE in 2000, and its recent Chapter 11 declaration.

British Energy finance director Keith Lough has left the company after helping to secure a debt-for-shares deal with creditors. The government has taken control of decommissioning liabilities in return for 65% of the company’s cash flow.

Clive Heaphy is the new director of finance at Sport England. Heaphy joins from English Churches Housing Group, where he has served as group finance director for the last three years.

Friends Provident has appointed Philip Moore as FD to take over from Martin Jackson. Moore was previously corporate director of finance and head of M&A at AMP (UK), having been FD and actuary of NPI on its acquisition by AMP.

Body Shop interim group FD Peter Youngs has been appointed to the role on a full-time basis. He initially stepped in after Alastair Murray left the company in June.

Christopher Stevens has resigned as FD of Lok’nStore Group, but will stay on until a successor is found.

Leeds Castle has appointed Stan Lee as FD. Lee has worked in finance for the last 20 years. He was previously financial controller for Claridges, London.

Coffee Republic has appointed former Ernst & Young financial services senior manager Simon Drysdale as FD. Drysdale previously served as CFO at NeuVoice.

ECsoft Group’s former group financial controller, Richard Stone, has joined Huntswood as CFO. Stone began his career at Ernst & Young and has served as an IT services analyst at US investment bank Robertson Stephens.

George Wimpey group FD Andrew Carr-Locke has joined AWG in a non-executive role. Carr-Locke has served in a number of senior financial roles, including Kodak and Diageo.

Halfords has appointed Nick Carter as FD. Carter has previous retail experience at greeting cards retailer Birthdays and Kingfisher.

Cookson group finance director Dennis Millard has joined the board of FTSE-100 logistics company Exel as a non-executive director. He takes the role of chairman of its audit committee.

Rank Group finance director Ian Dyson has joined software products and solutions provider Misys as a non-executive director. Dyson has served at Rank for four years. He has held financial roles at a number of companies, including Hilton, Granada/Forte and Arthur Andersen.

Stacey Cartwright has resigned as chief financial officer of Egg. Cartwright, profiled by Financial Director in the July/August 2001 issue, spent four years in the role. Prudential head of corporate finance David Doyle takes over as chief financial officer.

Former Bank of Scotland FD Gordon McQueen is to retire as chief executive of HBOS Treasury Services at the end of the year.

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