CITY DIARY: ‘Britain’s Beverly Hills’ beckons as shareholders take Footsie bosses to task


Shareholder vote: Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby's job is on the line

Shareholder vote: Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby's job is on the line

Shareholder vote: Premier Foods boss Gavin Darby’s job is on the line

Premier Foods’ Gavin Darby will be spending more time at home in Weybridge – aka ‘Britain’s Beverly Hills’ – should he lose tomorrow’s squeaky-bum-time vote at the firm’s AGM. 

At least £1.2million-a-year Darby, 62, won’t be short of playmates. 

BT’s Gavin Patterson, 50, who is a stone’s throw up the road, received his marching orders in June. 

Meanwhile, another neighbour, Sky’s Jeremy Darroch, 56, is expected to depart once the broadcaster’s takeover is complete, albeit with more than £42million in his skyrocket.

Pimco’s chief investment officer Andrew Balls, 44, is booked to appear at the Financial Times’ Weekend Festival in September to discuss the Lehman Brothers collapse. 

Presumably ex-FT hack Andrew’s success as a bond specialist, where he receives £5million payouts, makes him the fiscal authority within the Balls family these days. 

Especially now older brother, ex-shadow chancellor Ed, 51, has forfeited homme serieux status by pursuing a buffoonish media career.

Standard Life Aberdeen boss Martin Gilbert, 63, hopes to renew his firm’s sponsorship of the Scottish Open until 2025. 

He would also like Aberdeen to host the competition at some point but rules out using his friend Donald Trump’s course, Trump International, fearing player boycotts and crowd protests. 

No doubt the President would still declare it the best Open ever.

Over to the Farnborough Airshow, where real-life ‘Iron Man’ Richard Browning demonstrates his gravity jet suit on Saturday. 

Ex-Royal Marine Browning, 39, says the Ministry of Defence has expressed interest in the £250,000 suit, which is capable of flying at speeds of up to 200 mph. 

In which case, shouldn’t irritating Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson be strapped in for a demo?

Office space provider We Work is banning meat in an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. 

Meat will no longer be served at company events and staff have been warned they will no longer be reimbursed for meals which contain red meat, poultry or pork. 

The attention-seeking edict was issued by the company’s founder Miguel McKelvey, 44, a bearded yoga devotee raised on a commune whose wardrobe, one suspects, contains more than one pair of sandals.


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