RobecoSAM – Bas Knol has started as active ownership specialist at Robeco Sustainable Asset Management. In his new job, he has been tasked with engagement, focusing on sustainable investments, voting and reporting. Knol came from ABN AMRO Private Banking, where he has been interim sustainability manager of investments since August 2014. Previously, Knol worked seven years as communications manager at Aegon Global Pensions and has also acted as project manager for Aegon Group’s Retirement Readiness Survey.
UK Work and Pensions Select Committee – Frank Field has been elected chair of the UK parliamentary committee charged with scrutinising pensions policy, replacing Dame Anne Begg. Field, Labour MP for Birkenhead since 1979, was a minister in former prime minister Tony Blair’s government in 1997, before resigning a year later over a lack of support for proposals to enforce mandatory pension savings. Field’s campaigns on pension reform included support for a PPF-style system before its introduction, and state pension reform.
London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA) – William Bourne will chair the LPFA’s Local Pension Board, set up to help the scheme comply with new regulations and governance requirements for local government pension schemes (LGPS). Joining Bourne on the Board will be Charles Angus, Frank Smith and Sean Brosnan from the LPFA, and Omolayo Sokoya, Peter Scales and Simon Steptoe from the scheme’s membership. Bernadette Jansen and Jamie Ratcliffe are substitute members for the LPFA and membership, respectively.
Lazard Asset Management – Léopold Arminjon has joined as a portfolio manager and analyst, responsible for running a European long/short equity strategy Lazard aims to launch later this year. Arminjon will be based in London and joins from Henderson Global Investors. Prior to this, Arminjon worked for Gartmore in its Continental European equities team.
Capital Cranfield Trustees – Nicki Mortimer has been appointed client director for the UK independent trustee company. Mortimer joins from pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, where she was responsible for global pension and benefits provision. Prior to this, she worked at Balfour Beatty, an engineering firm. Mortimer also brings consulting experience from Mercer and is a fellow on UK pension consulting body the Pensions Management Institute.