Birmingham Midshires Building Society has appointed Jonathan Sandford as its new head of marketing, 12 months after Tracy Morshead left to join Nationwide for a corresponding position. Sandford was previously assistant director of marketing at Manulife before it was taken over by Canada Life in February. He also worked as a consultant to Irish Life.

Drinks company HP Bulmer is losing Steve Davis, its business manager for Red Stripe. He is leaving to take up a post in the Middle East.

Pools operator Vernons is cutting 150 jobs because of pressure from the National Lottery.

Lloyds Chemists is understood to be considering the launch of a loyalty card for its Holland & Barrett healthfood shops.

Electrical appliance manufacturer Candy denies there are moves to merge with Hoover following this week’s announcement that its managing director Alberto Bertali is to become head of both brands. Bertali takes over the role as managing director of Hoover and its European operations. Candy took over the domestic appliance manufacturer Hoover in May.

Motorola’s Information Systems Group, a supplier of network products and services, has appointed Simon Boyle marketing director to oversee its European, Middle East and African operations. Boyle, the UK marketing director, has been at Motorola since 1993. His new position has been established to focus on European marketing and strategies. Prior to working at Motorola, Boyle was marketing director for General Datacom.

Vardon Attractions has promoted marketing manager Alexandra Pike to brand marketing director. Alison Wiltshire becomes brand manager of Sea Life, Feisal Khalif becomes brand manager of the company’s Dungeon attractions, and Nikki Hassel, is appointed brand manager of conservation attractions such as the New Forest’s Nature Quest.

Sainsbury’s marketing director Ivor Hunt has been replaced by Kevin McCarten, who joins the chain in January (news analysis, page 24).

Alison Dow has denied she is rejoining the Burton Group, as reported last week (MW October 27). Dow, former head of marketing at Debenhams, says she is still looking for a position since she left the Burton Group last week. Burton Menswear has yet to appoint a marketing director.

The Methodist Church has sold its 800,000 worth of shares in BSkyB to protest at the launch of the Playboy Channel.

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