The chief executive of Aviva’s UK and Ireland Life business David Barral is to leave at the end of May after 16 years with the firm. Barral’s departure follows shareholder-approved Aviva’s takeover deal of Friends Life. Friends Life chief executive Andy Briggs will become chief executive of the enlarged UK and Ireland life business, subject to regulatory approval.
Investment and financial planning firm Tilney Bestinvest has hired Martin King from Signia Wealth to lead the development of its investment offering in the key client and ultra-high-net-worth market. King joins Tilney Bestinvest as managing director, investment management, and will be based at the firm’s Birmingham office. He has spent the last three years as managing director and head of regions at Signia Wealth and previously spent eight years as an executive director at UNS Wealth Management, where he founded the firm’s Midlands office.
Former GMAC-RFC chief executive Simon Knight has been appointed as head of John Charcol following its acquisition by Palatine Private Equity. Knight started out at Charcol and has been managing director of lender Private Label and chief executive of GMAC-RFC UK in his career. For the past 18 months he has been managing director of Hearthstone Investments.
Old Mutual Wealth platform marketing manager Mike Barrett is leaving the provider to join The Lang Cat. Barrett will join the platforms, pensions and investment consultancy in June after 18 years at Old Mutual. He will cover London and the home counties, with a particular focus on platforms and regulation.
Mary-Anne McIntyre will join Old Mutual Wealth in September as chief distribution officer. McIntyre, who was previously chief executive at Openwork, will be responsible for distribution across Old Mutual Wealth’s vertically integrated business, as well as product development and marketing. She will report to Old Mutual Wealth chief executive Paul Feeney.
Openwork has promoted its former managing director Mark Duckworth as chief executive to replace McIntyre. Duckworth has been the firm’s MD since 2011, having initially joined in 2010 as commercial development director. As chief executive, he will lead Openwork’s senior management team, with responsibility for 3,000 advisers across the group. Prior to joining Openwork, Duckworth was distribution and partnerships director at Living Time. He has also worked for Prudential and Axa.
Home Funding chief executive Tony Ward has joined due diligence firm Clayton Euro Risk as president and chief executive. Ward set up Home Funding in 2006 and, prior to that, spent 13 years as chief executive of lenders Britannic Money and Mortgage Trust. He is also a former chairman of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association. Ward will continue as chairman of peer-to-peer buy-to-let lender Landbay and as non-executive chairman of Capita Mortgage Services.
Former LV= head of protection Mark Jones has joined SunLife as protection director. Jones left LV= in October after four years and will join over-50s life cover provider SunLife on 1 June.
The Consulting Consortium director of advisory services Kevin Parkinson has been elected chairman of the Association of Professional Compliance Consultants, replacing ThreeSixty Services compliance director Russell Facer. The APCC is the UK body for compliance consultants who advise firms regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulatory Authority. Parkinson was elected to the steering council of the APCC in 2014 and will serve as its chairman for the next two years.