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Brown Shipley chairman resigns over health concerns

Brown Shipley chairman resigns over health concerns

Brown Shipley’s chairman Jim Willens has resigned from its board of directors due to personal health concerns.

He was appointed chairman last April, having been a non-executive director since 1 January 2014 and also sat on the business’ audit, risk and compliance committees.

His resignation is effective from Friday (29 January).

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David Rough, who has sat on the board as a non-executive director for over 11 years, will assume the role of acting chairman, with the appointment of a permanent chairman announced in due course.

Mr Rough stated Mr Willens has made a significant contribution to the business through his considerable knowledge of the sector and exemplary commitment during an “exciting period” in the wealth manager’s growth.

Previously a board director of Nationwide, in December 2008 Mr Willens became the chief executive of Dunfermline Building Society.

A year later he moved across to head up the Newcastle Building Society.

peter.walker@ft.com