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The Westmorland GazetteNew Zealand-born man found dead on Helvellyn had come to Lakes 'to get some fresh air in a place that reminded him of his childhood home' (From The Westmorland Gazette)

New Zealand-born man found dead on Helvellyn had come to Lakes 'to get some fresh air in a place that reminded him of his childhood home'

A body that has been found on a Cumbrian Mountain is that of Michael Flanagan, the Head of Foreign Exchange Insitutional Sales at National Australia Bank.

Flanagan had been at the firm for over seven years, having previously worked for HSBC as an Associate Director, and for the Royal Bank of Scotland as a Treasury Analyst.

BBC News reports that Flanagan told staff at a hotel in the Windermere area he intended to walk up Helvellyn on 8 January.

The 45-year-old from London was not heard from again and a search involving mountain rescue teams and a Royal Navy helicopter was launched. A spokesman for Cumbria police said there were no suspicious circumstances around his death, and a coroner has been informed.

A spokesperson for NAB said: 'Many people would have known Mike and his big personality. He will be very sorely missed by those who worked closely with him and also all those touched by his presence within our business. The thoughts of all Mike's colleagues and friends here at NAB are with his family at this tragic time.'

Helvellyn body confirmed as Michael Flanagan

New Zealand expat dies on British mountain

Published: 22 Jan at 10 AM

A New Zealand expat in the UK has been found dead on a mountain after being missing for several days.

Michael Flanagan, originally from Napier in New Zealand, told hotel staff in Windermere, around 130kms north of Manchester, he was going for a walk two weeks ago and never returned.

Cumbria Police confirmed they had found Mr Flanagan’s body on the mountain of Helvellyn on Monday. Hotel employees said that he had spoken of his plans to climb the mountain while on holiday in the northwestern region.

The New Zealander, 45, had lived in London with his wife and son for some years, working for the National Australia Bank as head of its foreign exchange institutional sales. After being reported missing, a 60-man search and rescue team was sent out to locate him.

He was eventually located at the bottom of the Helvellyn’s headwall and pronounced dead after being carried back down the mountain. A Cumbrian police spokesman said the death had been transferred to the coroner after they ruled that there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Flanagan attended Napier Boys’ High School when he was a child. After moving to the UK he initially worked for HSBC and then the Royal Bank of Scotland before taking up his position with the National Australia Bank.

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First published Thursday 22 January 2015 in News . by Katie Dickinson

THE family of a man found dead on Helvellyn last week are planning to make a 'significant contribution' to the mountain rescue team who organised the search for him.

Patterdale MRT co-ordinated the two-day hunt for Michael Flanagan, which at its height involved four mountain rescue teams, search dogs and an RAF helicopter.

New Zealand-born Mr Flanagan had come to the Lake District “to get some fresh air in a place that reminded him of his childhood home”, according to a friend.

Mr Flanagan’s best friend Roger Hart said he had taken a few days off work but “alarm bells rang with the family” when he failed to come home on Sunday January 11.

Mr Hart, who has known Mr Flanagan for 14 years, drove to the Lake District on the Monday morning to help in the search, but he was too late - search and rescue teams had found his friend's body that morning.

Mr Flanagan was the head of the foreign exchange desk at the National Australia Bank. He grew up in Napier on the north island of New Zealand and had lived in London for about 10 years.

He is survived by his wife Sarah and seven-year-old son William.

Mr Hart said: "He was a true gentleman who touched so many people with his character and his presence.

"There have been a lot of people saying how during this sad time we are comforted by memories of his kindness and generosity.

"He was a big man, the life of the party."

Mr Hart added: "It was a tragic accident that has shocked us all."

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Senior banker lay dead for four days after plunging to his death from England's third highest peak
Michael Flanagan, 45, was only discovered by mountain rescuers after his hotel finally realised he had failed to check out

01:04, 17 JUL 2015
Michael Flanagan

A senior banker lay dead for four days after plunging to his death from Helvellyn, an inquest heard.

Michael Flanagan, 45, was only discovered by mountain rescuers after his hotel finally realised he had failed to check out.

He suffered fatal injuries in a fall from the 950m high peak while walking alone on a short break to the Lake District in January 2015.

He was found after a search involving 62 rescuers and at least eight specially trained dogs.

Mr Flanagan, the head of foreign exchange institutional sales at National Australia Bank, left a note at the hotel with his name and contact number in case of an emergency and that they agreed someone would call him at 5.30pm if he had not returned.

Shortly before his death he had phoned his wife to tell her of his pride at scaling the mountain for the first time.

Speaking at a hearing into his death at Cockermouth Coroner's Court, widow Sarah Kinsley told of the final phone conversation she had with her husband as he was on the summit of England's third highest peak.

"He seemed fine, not out of breath and was very pleased with himself that he had done it," said the 45-year-old.

"He said it had been hailing and cold and that he was in a shelter."

She added: "The trip was a bit last minute.

"He was overworked and tired because he only had Christmas Day off over Christmas.

"He decided he wanted to go for the fresh air because it reminded him of home."

Michael Flanagan
Michael Flanagan (Photo: Cavendish)
The tragedy unfolded on January 8 when Mr Flanagan, who lived in Wimbledon with his wife and their seven-year-old son William, took a taxi from the four star Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa, Bowness, to Swirls Car Park, at Thirlmere.

A witness statement from Callum Wilkinson, a porter at the hotel, was read out to the court.

He told how Mr Flanagan left a note at the hotel with his name and contact number in case of an emergency and that they agreed someone would call him at 5.30pm if he had not returned.

Nobody from the hotel did call Mr Flanagan but David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, said he was convinced the injuries sustained in the fall would have meant he had died on that day and notifying the emergency services any earlier would have made no difference.

The severity of the situation was only realised when Mr Flanagan failed to check out of his hotel room on January 11 - three days after he had gone to the peak.

A large scale search was launched but by 8pm the weather was too bad to continue.

Searches resumed the following morning and Mr Flanagan's body was discovered by a group including Dan Farley, from Patterdale Mountain Rescue Team, and search dogs.

His body was stretchered to the former Greenside Mine and taken by land rover to Patterdale's HQ where he was identified thanks to contents of his wallet, found in a rucksack 30m above where his body was discovered.

Delivering a conclusion of accidental death, Mr Roberts said it was highly likely Mr Flanagan had fallen while peering over the edge of the summit on a cornice, a build up of snow and ice caused by the wind.

"I can't be sure what happened but given where he was found it is likely he has gone to the edge to look down at the view or look for a route down and fallen through the snow down the slope," he said.

"That is a matter of speculation but perfectly plausible."

Paying tribute to her husband, Mrs Kinsley said: "He was a very big character and one of things that stood out about him was people always looked forward to seeing him.

"He had a very big personality and a very easy way of making people feel special."


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U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB) announced that Andrew Cecere, currently Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), has been promoted to Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer (COO). Kathy Ashcraft Rogers, currently Executive Vice President, Business Line Planning & Reporting, will succeed Cecere as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer. Rogers has been with U.S. Bank for 28 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles within the Finance organization. Cecere has been with U.S. Bank since 1985. He has served as Vice Chairman and CFO since 2007. Prior to that, he served as Vice Chairman of Wealth Management and Securities Services. Rogers has been with U.S. Bank since 1987. Rogers has been responsible for Business Line Planning & Reporting, including the stress testing process for U.S. Bank with the Federal Reserve Board, since 1998. Billy Moore

Grant Thornton LLP announced that Billy Moore will become the chief financial officer (CFO), effective Aug. 1. He will succeed Russ Wieman upon his retirement from the firm. Currently, Moore serves as the Professional Standards partner for the firm’s Carolinas practice, which includes offices in Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Columbia, S.C. Prior to joining Grant Thornton in 2009, Moore served for 15 years as the executive vice president and CFO of several publicly traded multinational companies, including Unifi, Inc., Polymer Group, Inc., and International Textile Group, Inc. In addition, he spent nearly 20 years with Ernst & Young LLP in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including audit partner and managing partner of several offices.

Tribune Publishing Company announced that John Bode, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, is leaving the Company by mutual agreement to pursue other business opportunities. Sandra J. Martin, the Company’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations, has been appointed interim CFO. Bode was appointed CFO of the publishing unit of Tribune Company in September 2013 and oversaw the successful separation of Tribune Publishing in August 2014. Martin, who joined the Company in Spring 2014, has considerable public accounting and public company financial management experience. Martin has previously served as the Chief Financial Officer for Entech Solar and as the Vice President and Corporate Controller for Belo Corp.

Cognolink announced Michael Flanagan has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Prior to joining Cognolink, Flanagan was CFO of Paradysz, and President of its digital division, PM Digital. Previously, Flanagan served as CFO and COO of Monster Worldwide’s Directional Marketing business. When Monster spun off this business and sold it to Audax Group, Flanagan was appointed CFO of the newly independent company, and subsequently promoted to President and CEO. Flanagan also has experience working with ADP as Vice President & General Manager, in addition to various roles in its Corporate Finance department. Flanagan also worked at American Express as a Senior Financial Analyst.