By Jonathan Davies

HSBC has announced a number of changes in its senior leadership.

Sir Simon Robertson will step down as senior independent director and remuneration committee chair, but will stay on as deputy chair for another year.

The committee will be split into two parts, with former Bank of England deputy governor Rachel Lomax taking the senior independent director role and former Centrica boss Sam Laidlaw becoming chair of the remuneration committee.

Ms Lomax and Mr Laidlaw have been on the board of the UK's biggest bank since 2008.

HSBC was recently rocked by a scandal in which it helped hundreds of customers to avoid tax by using its business in Switzerland.