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Former Labour health secretary Patricia Hewitt is to join private healthcare firm Bupa as a non-executive director on 1 July.

Hewitt, MP for Leicester West for 13 years until May 2010, is also the senior independent director at BT and a non-executive at Channel Tunnel operator Eurotunnel.

Bupa chairman Lord Leitch said: “Patricia’s extensive government and international business experience will bring valuable insight to Bupa.”

HBJ spinning out banking practice

LAW firm HBJ Gateley is expanding its work in the banking and finance sector by creating a dedicated team.

Graeme Henry, who has spent the past four years at the firm building up Scotland’s largest corporate restructuring legal team, will lead the new outfit, which is being spun out from its corporate department.

Senior partner Malcolm McPherson said: “Graeme’s work in creating a restructuring team makes him the perfect choice to grow our banking group into a similarly formidable force.”

Courier signs deal with van hire outfit

EAGLE Couriers, the Edinburgh-based delivery firm, has signed a £750,000 deal with Turner Hire Drive to expand its fleet.

Under the deal, the courier – with the BBC, BT and Procurement Scotland among its 3,500 clients – will replace vehicles in its 100-strong fleet and also hire extra vans on an ad-hoc basis.

Jerry Stewart, director at Eagle Couriers, which employs more than 100 drivers at bases in Bathgate and Glasgow, said the deal increases his firm’s flexibility in busy periods.