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InvestmentSpike Hughes is to take on overall responsibility for marketing at Skandia Investment Management. The announcement follows David Orr’s announcement that he will leave the company to join Gartmore. The move means Rob Swan, Henderson’s former head of marketing and research, and Frank Blighe, former head of UK marketing at Threadneedle, will take on increased responsibility.

Investec Asset Management has appointed John Tevenan as sales director for London. John also becomes a director of Investec Fund Managers. In his new role, he will focus on City and West End intermediaries and wealth managers and will promote Investec’s full range of investment products. Tevenan joins Investec from DWS, where he was head of the discretionary sales since 1999.

Swip’s European equity team is now at full strength with the appointment of Alister Hibbert as a fund manager to the European equities team. Hibbert will be responsible for the 400m Scottish Widows select growth fund which has returned 18.74 per cent in the year to the end of June. He will also research insurance and oil stocks, reporting to head of European equities Nigel Bolton.

F&C Asset Management has appointed Ben Akrigg as director, Pacific equities. He joins from Morley Fund Management, where he has worked as a portfolio manager in the Asia Pacific equities team both in Singapore and the UK. At F&C, he will report to head of Pacific equities Mike Hanbury-Williams, .

Merrill Lynch Investment Managers has appointed Keith Marcroft to the newly created position of sales manager of the UK retail fund business in the North of England and Scotland. Marcroft joins MLIM from Close Finsbury Asset Management, where he was regional sales director. He will be responsible for the sales and marketing of all retail products in the discretionary and advisory marketplace for the North of England and Scotland.

MLC has appointed Jayne Wylie (left) as head of UK business development and consulting. Wylie takes over from Peter Smith, who was recently appointed head of IFA distribution. Wylie will be responsible for sales of MLC funds to IFAs and also developing the consulting service available to IFAs.

Mortgages Newcastle Mortgage Services has appointed Ron Carr as head of intermediary services to help oversee the expansion of its mortgage processing services. The newly created position follows NMSL’s processing partnership with Openwork. NMSL, a subsidiary of Newcastle Building Society, brings Carr from the society, where he was head of branch sales.

John Goddard has been appointed managing director of Cahoot following marketing careers at M&G Group, UBS UK and Germany and Procter & Gamble, Frankfurt. He will be responsible for growing the bank and its brand further and reports to Abbey Direct Sales managing director Fergus Crockett.

Specialist lender Money Partners has appointed Bob Sturges as its director of communications. He joins the senior management team and will work alongside sales and marketing director Adam Henry and report directly to chief executive Colin Sanders. Sturges was head of PR and corporate affairs at GE Home Lending for four years.

Scarborough Building Society is strengthening its intermediary mortgage market offering with the appointment of Simon Evans to the newly created role of relationship manager. Evans will be supporting the society’s intermediary mortgage desk. He was a business development manager with Northern Rock for over 15 years and has been a mortgage IFA for the last four years.

Freedom Lending is boosting its management team with the appointment of Richard Hughes as head of finance. He comes from Britannia Building Society and will be joined by Claire Spilsbury, who takes the role of compliance manager.

Bristol & West Mortgages head of marketing Dominic Toller leaves after 13 years’ service to join legal services provider LMS as director of marketing and new business. He will be replaced by Mark Howell from Pink Home Loans later in the year.


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