People & Business

Chris Dickson, the man who won the biggest fraud case in history this year, is leaving the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to become the most senior regulator of accountants in Britain. Mr Dickson will succeed Michael Chance as Executive Counsel of the Accountants' Joint Disciplinary Scheme (JDS) next January.

Mr Chance, a former policeman, has spent four years helping to get the fledgling JDS up and running. He was once in the running to head up the SFO, having helped found the agency in 1988. The JDS job was described by one observer yesterday as consisting of "lurking around the Square Mile, and leaping out to administer six of the best to accountants whose professional conduct has been found wanting".

Mr Dickson has been senior assistant director of the SFO during some of the agency's biggest trials. The biggest was that of Abbas Gokal, the Pakistan-born shipping magnate who was jailed this year for his part in a $1.2bn fraud involving Bank of Credit and Commerce International. The prosecution, put together by Mr Dickson, also resulted in the longest sentence for fraud - 14 years - and the heaviest compensation order, of pounds 2.94m.

No doubt the appointment of this Belfast-born lawyer to the JDS will send a suitable shiver through the ranks of the City's bean counters.

Farewell then Sir Bruce Pattullo, governor of Bank of Scotland until next May's annual meeting and a beacon of sanity in this workaholic world. After 18 years in the hot seat, he tells me there are no plans to hop on the non-exec gravy train when he passes his ledger on to booze-and- shopping-trolley laird, Sir Alistair Grant.

Sir Bruce plans to visit his children in Canada and Austria and his "modest little house" in Spain, as well as work on his backhand lob. This will keep him out of mischief, he thinks. Hob-nobbing in Hong Kong recently, he was taken aside by someone who knows a thing or two about stepping out of the limelight. George Bush told Sir Bruce the worst thing about not being President of the United States any more was getting used to being "Barbara's husband" and "the father of the Governor of Texas".

Field-Marshal The Lord Inge GCB, DL, is joining Racal as a non-executive director. He should be useful to the company, which is deeply involved in military technology, since he was Chief of the Defence Staff, Britain's top military post, until last April. Lord Inge, 62, joins the electronics company following a long and distinguished career in the armed forces. He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1956, and served in Hong Kong, Malaya, Libya, West Germany, Northern Ireland and England before assuming command of Northern Army Group and the British Army on the Rhine on his promotion to General in 1989. He became Chief of the General Staff in 1992 and Chief of the Defence Staff two years later.

Granville, an independent investment bank specialising in information technology, has been signing up a colourful team of people over the past few months. Yesterday Chris Conway, chairman and chief executive of Digital Equipment, joined as a non-executive director. Other recent signings include Leonard Licht, the legendary fund manager and former Mercury Asset Management star, who is acting as a consultant to the group. Jane Tozer, a former IBM heavyweight and founder of Softwright, a software company, is providing strategic advice, while Charles Tilley, a former finance director for Hambros, is the finance and new business director.

David Davies has gone from Mickey Mouse to condoms in one leap. Mr Davies left The Disney Store, Europe, in May, and is about to succeed James Tyrrell as finance director of London International Group (LIG), makers of Durex condoms and Marigold household gloves. Mr Tyrrell is retiring in August next year and will hand over most of the executive reins to Mr Davies this November.

Michael Moore, chairman of LIG, said yesterday: "James Tyrrell played an essential role in restructuring LIG, bringing it back from the brink of collapse in 1993."

LIG's previous management had diversified into fast photo processing, and the company nearly went bust in 1993. Nick Hodges was put in as chief executive to turn LIG around, and he imported Mr Tyrrell from Abbey National. Together they launched a successful pounds 115m rescue rights issue and revamped the balance sheet.

Mr Davies has a solid record as an international financial bod, having held senior positions at BOC Group and Grand Metropolitan.

Burmah Castrol's Tim Stevenson is to succeed Jonathan Fry as chief executive of the independent lubricants and chemicals group. Mike Dearden, currently chief executive of Burmah Castrol's chemicals group, will take over from Mr Stevenson as chief executive of the lubricants division. In a shake- up following Mr Fry's succession to the chairmanship, Jamie Pike will succeed Mr Dearden and join the board of Burmah from February next year.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Sport
tennisLive: Follow all the updates from Melbourne as Murray faces Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-final
Arts and Entertainment
'The Archers' has an audience of about five million
radioA growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried
Arts and Entertainment
Henry VIII played by Damien Lewis
tvReview: Scheming queens-in-waiting, tangled lines of succession and men of lowly birth rising to power – sound familiar?
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift is applying to trademark song lyrics from 1989
musicYou'll have to ask Taylor Swift first
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
Joel Grey, now 82, won several awards for his role in Cabaret
people
Sport
Harry Kane celebrates scoring the opening goal for Spurs
footballLive: All the latest transfer news as deadline day looms
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Money & Business

Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive

£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive...

Recruitment Genius: Technical Report Writer

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Technical Report Writer is re...

MBDA UK Ltd: Indirect Procurement Category Manager

Competitive salary & benefits!: MBDA UK Ltd: MBDA UK LTD Indirect Procurement...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer - PHP

£16500 - £16640 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing Finance compa...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness