Pension guru Steve Bee is leaving Scottish Life after 13 years to launch a new adviser-focused platform venture in partnership with Bankhall founder Paul Hogarth. Bee is leaving at the end of January to set up a new proposition which will include a corporate platform to launch in Q2 2010. The firm, as yet unnamed, will be part of the Paradigm Group, set up by Hogarth in 2007. Bee will become a partner at Paradigm.
Skandia UK’s chief operating officer John Tomlins, finance director Simon Lloyd and platforms delivery director Tim Mann have all been made redundant from the company. Tomlins will remain at the firm until June, working on the integration of shared services such as IT, finance, customer services and investment administration into the UK business. As the finance function is integrated, Lloyd has also agreed to leave the business early this year and his respon-sibilities will transfer to Phil Hine, currently finance director of shared services.
Mann has been responsible for the integration of Selestia, the development of the new Skandia Investment Solutions platform and the migration of Skandia Multifunds to SIS. This work has now been completed, so his role will not be replaced.
Old Mutual has appointed Patrick O’Sullivan as chairman following the retirement of former chairman Chris Collins from the board on December 31. O’Sullivan took up his position on January 1 and is also currently a non-executive director of Man Group and Bank Of Ireland. He has previously been a non-executive of Collins Stewart and an executive director of Zurich Financial Services.
Aviva has appointed Michael Hawker as an independent non-executive director with effect from January 1. Hawker was chief exec-utive and managing direc-tor of Insurance Aust-ralia Group from November 2001 to May 2008 and is currently an advisory board director at Hong-Kong based private equity firm GEMS. Aviva has also appointed Gary Price as marketing director of its UK business. Price will be responsible for customer insight, strategy, brand, sponsorship, comm-unications and corporate responsibility across the UK’s life and general insurance businesses.