NEWS: Collis quits Lowe Bell for NatWest corporate affairs

Terence Collis, managing director of Lowe Bell Financial, is leaving to join NatWest Group as director of corporate affairs.

Terence Collis, managing director of Lowe Bell Financial, is leaving to

join NatWest Group as director of corporate affairs.



The appointment, believed to carry a package worth pounds 200,000 and a

seat on the bank’s executive management committee, ends an exhaustive

selection process prompted by the departure of NatWest’s corporate

affairs director Simon Lewis in September.



The move also marks a return to the client side for Collis, who joined

Lowe Bell four years ago from Rolls Royce manufacturer Vickers, where he

was director of public affairs.



Despite a one year notice period from Lowe Bell, Collis is expected to

join NatWest in spring 1997. He will report directly to chief executive

Derek Wanless and chairman Lord Alexander of Weedon.



Commenting on his appointment, Collis said: ‘I spent many years as an

in-house PR man and was keen to get back to that. It’s a broader

spectrum of work and you get a real insight into what is going on inside

a company.’



His departure has prompted a number of changes at the financial arm of

Sir Tim Bell’s Lowe Bell Communications group - currently thought to

rank among the top five UK financial PR firms with a fee income of over

pounds 5 million.



Deputy MD David Beck has been promoted to the position of managing

director while Piers Pottinger - currently group managing director of

Lowe Bell Communications in addition to his role as chairman of Lowe

Bell Financial - returns to a more hands-on role in the running of the

financial operation.



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