Standard Life Investments has appointed Casper Trenchard as of the group’s UK opportunities fund.
He joins from First State, where he was manager of the £19m British opportunities fund, replacing former manager Mark Niznik, who left Standard Life in April to join Artemis. Trenchard joins the firm as investment director and will report to the head of UK smaller companies Harry Nimmo.
Former BlackRock fund manager Gavin Corr is joining Thames River affiliate Nevsky Capital. Thames River is planning to launch two funds, including a European equity portfolio for Corr, who joins in September. Meanwhile, BlackRock has appointed Martin McGovern from Barclays as director of international marketing responsible for implementing the group’s brand strategy across the international business in areas such as advertising, brand research and regional marketing co-ordination.
Morley has appointed former AAA-rated manager John Botham from Henderson Global Investors. He is expected to join in July as head of European equities. At Morley, he headed a team who managed about 15 funds. It is unknown whether he will take over an existing fund or launch manage a new fund launch.
Axa Framlington has hired Jeremy Gleeson from Close Investment to run the firm’s global technology vehicle. Gleeson will join the firm on June 25, with Nicholas set to leave at the end of July.
Jupiter has appointed Alistair Gunn as an analyst within Anthony Nutt’s income team. He joins from Arbuthnot Securities, where he was director of equity research for transport and logistics. His appointment is believed to be one of a number for the firm in the coming months.
Credit Suisse head of European equities Jeff Currington is to leave the firm to persue other opportunities. Currington is to be replaced by Cesar Perez, who joins from M&G Investments, where he held the same role. Perez will manage a team of eight European equity members based in London, Paris and Zurich.
Mortgages Peter Hales
Peter Haleshas joined the board of Skipton Building Society as a non-executive director. Hales was sales and marketing director at Norwich Union and chaired the Chartered Insurance Institute’s faculty of life and pensions. He also sits on the board of Just Retirement and is a member of the Accenture insurance advisory board.
Alliance & Leicester has appointed group finance director David Bennettas group chief executive, effective from July 27. Former group chief executive Richard Pym asked the board in February to consider his successor, resulting in a search of external and internal candidates. He will retire from the board on July 27. Current managing director, retail banking, Chris Rhodes will become group finance director.
Beacon Group has appointed Bruce Collins to the role of group compliance manager. Collins will be responsible for integrating the compliance framework within the companies and delivering compliance services in all areas of the Beacon Group.
Bill Warren has quit Complete Mortgage & Loan Services to join the Regulatory Alliance of Mortgage Packagers to head its association member proposition. He has been at Complete for four years as compliance director. The packager was one of the founding members of rival packager association the Professional Mortgage Packagers Alliance.
Market Harborough has appointed Mark Robinson as chief executive, replacing Philip Dearing, who ann-ounced his departure in February to join Mutual One. Robinson comes from rival society Cumberland, where he was a general manager.
The Connells Group has appointed Georgina Morley as mortgage services recruitment manager responsible for the supervision of all mortgage services vacancies throughout the company. She began her career with Connells as a mortgage administrator in the company’s Stevenage office.
Life and pensions
Aviva chief executive Richard Harvey plans to spend a year in Malawi and Kenya with the sustainable development charity Concern Universal when he quits his job next month and will work with his wife Kay Harvey on a range of projects.
Prudential head of Asian fund management business Ajay Srinivasan is leaving to seek a new challenge and the life office has appointed Prudential consultant Alan Wren in the interim to run the business while it searches for a permanent replacement.
Aon Consulting has hired Andrew Firth as a fixed-income derivative specialist and Brian McCauley as a senior relationship manager. Firth has spent 11 years with BNP Paribas’ fixed income division focusing on the corporate pension fund sector. McCauley joins after 10 years with BlackRock, where he was a member of BlackRock Pensions Limited’s management committee. Prior to this, he spent 10 years with Fidelity.
Xafinity Paymaster has appointed Derek Griffiths as business development manager. He joins from Serco. The company has also appointed Lesley Carline as head of client development. Carline will be responsible for specialist and public sector pensions development. She joins from DC Link and has also worked at niche pensions service provider Syrrius.
LV= has appointed Dennis Holt as chairman, effective from July 1, following the resignation of current chairman John Woolhouse, announced in its AGM. Holt joined the mutual’s board last September, having retired from Axa last June, where he was group chief executive of Axa’s UK and Ireland businesses.
Skandia investment marketing manager Ian Thomas has quit to join Axa to work with John McMahon on developing Axa’s wrap proposition, which will launch in the coming weeks. Thomas’ responsibilities will be absorbed into Billy Mackay’s newly created role of head of marketing for UK. Mackay was pensions marketing manager.
LV= has seen 23 advisers from its salaried salesforce join Thinc Group, including head of financial advisory sales Niraj Vyas, who now runs its Cardiff office, and Mark Sage, formerly divisional manager at LV=.
Former HBOS general insurance deputy chief executive Simon Stevens has joined Uinsure as managing director. The new general insurance proposition for mortgage advisers has been set up by former Bankhall joint chief executive Simon Taylor. The panel of insurers has not yet been confirmed.
David Bellamy was appointed chief executive of St James’s Place last month, being promoted from his former position of group managing director, which he held for five years. Bellamy took interim responsibility for the day-to-day running of the group following the departure of the previous chief executive Mark Lund, who left earlier this year.
Park Row commercial director Carey Shakespeare is being promoted to sales and marketing director from July 1 following the departure of national sales director Kevin Paterson.