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John Beale has left the role of training and competence director at IFA network Pi Financial. He joins Brewin Dolphin in December as regional training & competency manager.

Former Towry director Gauis Jones has joined Ashcourt Rowan. Jones, who spent 14 years with Towry, has replaced Chris Williams as chief executive of Ashcourt Rowan’s financial planning business.

Lift Financial group commercial director Michelle Cracknell will shortly assume the role of chief executive at The Pensions Advisory Service. Cracknell will bring 25 years’ pension and retirement experience to her new role, which starts on October 1.

Babloo Ramamurth will become chairman of B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension, when Sir John Chilcot retires from the role in November. Ramamurthy was previously managing director of consultant Towers Watson’s business in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Baring Asset Management has appointed Laura Luo as fund manager and head of Hong Kong China equities. Luo, who previously spent 12 years at Schroders, replaces Agnes Deng and will take responsibility for the Baring Hong Kong China fund. 

Sanjeev Shah will hang up his fund manager’s hat on January 1 to take on a mentoring role at Fidelity’s Portfolio Management Academy. Shah will hand the reins of the Fidelity Special Situations fund to Alex Wright, who runs Fidelity’s UK Smaller Companies fund.

Legal & General Investment Management has brought in Justin Onuekwusi to run its risk-profiled multi-asset funds. Onuekwusi ran similar multi-asset funds at Aviva and was previously a fund research analyst at Merrill Lynch. 

Axa Wealth has appointed Alistair Welham as head of marketing following the departure of Tom Wilkinson in August. Welham joins from Virgin Money, where he was head of customer marketing.

Skandia has brought in former Standard Life Investments head of regional client marketing Alistair Campbell to head its investment marketing. He replaces Graham Bentley, who left Skandia in March. Bentley joined Axa Wealth as interim head of fund group relations in June on a fixed-term contract but former Skandia strategy manager Kate Randall-Coles has now taken the role permanently.

Schroders has appointed Mark Lacey as co-fund manager to work alongside John Coyle on the Schroder ISF Global Energy and Schroder ISF Small Cap Energy funds.

Lacey joins from commodities trader Mercuria Global Energy Solutions and has more than 17 years’ investment experience in the global energy sector.

Michell Cracknell



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