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Contest hots up as final stretch of voting begins

Can the underdog snatch the crown with a last minute surge? Will the second preferences swing it? With only a few days left of voting the country awaits with baited breath the outcome of....
Guy Aitchison
21 September 2010

Can the underdog snatch the crown with a last minute surge? Will the second preferences swing it? With only a few days left of voting the country awaits with baited breath the outcome of....

The Best Dressed Banker Award 2010. 

Yes, occasionally, having taken a few wrong turns through cyberspace, a press release ends up in oD's inbox which is so far astray from its intended audience that it just begs to be shared.

Cad & Dandy's exhortation to the ladies and gentlemen of the City to fulfil their democratic duty in the contest to find their most sartorially savvy colleague, is one such occasion. So here you go:

There are now only 13 days left to nominate a banker near you for the Cad & The Dandy ‘London’s Best Dressed Banker’ award. 

Cad & The Dandy, the bespoke Savile Row tailor, has been inviting nominations for the award throughout September and the winner will be announced at the end of the month.

Currently leading the pack is Florent Gerard, Director of Bank of America, with an impressive 109 votes and in second place is Greg Rellis, commodities broker OTC, with 87 votes. 

“The competition is really hotting up and the twitter and Facebook campaigns are growing in earnest,” said James Sleater, one of the co-founders of Cad and The Dandy, “but we are offering over £3,000 of bespoke suits and shirts for both the Best Dressed Banker and the person who nominated them.” 

Cad and the Dandy were founded by James Sleater and Ian Meiers in 2008 after they were both made redundant from their banking jobs in the city. 

“Moving from the city into the rag-trade is not a common career path,” said Mr Sleater, “but both Ian and I had separately identified a gap in the high-quality clothing market.” 

“Ironically, Phillipe Guyot, the man who made me redundant from BNP Paribas is currently ranked third in the ‘Best Dressed Banker’,” said Mr Sleater.

With shops in the City, Canary Wharf and Savile Row, Cad and the Dandy offers high-end, bespoke machine- and hand-stitched tailoring at a competitive price. The company is growing fast and will turn over £1.3m in 2010. 

The current top 10 ranking for the Best Dressed Banker Award. 

Florent Gerard – Director Bank of America with a staggering 109 votes 

Greg Rellis – Commodities Broker OTC, 87 

Phillipe Guyot – Head of Sales BNP Paribas, 54 
Bob Diamond – Chief Executive Barclays, 40 
Hannah Woodley –Panmure Gordon, 35 
John Studzinski – MD Blackstone Private Equity, 27 
Stephan Heitmeye – Sales, 27 
Michelle Flynn – Client services DCG, 23 
Jon Sugden – Equity Sales, Ladenbury Thalmann, 21 
Ross Studholme – Senior Legal Counsel Barclays Bank plc, 20 

To vote please visit: http://www.cadandthedandy.co.uk/bestdressedbanker/nominese.php 

Update: I don't know about you, but I'm voting for this guy.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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