Zurich, Punter Southall, Ashcroft Rowan, RLAM, Hermes, Temple Bright

ZurichLaurie Edmans has been named chair of the Zurich UK Life’s new Independent Governance Board (IGC). Edmans has held a number of non-executive roles and is currently chair of trustees at the Trinity Mirror Pension Plan, as well as serving as a council member at the Pensions Policy Institute and formerly being a board member at the National Employment Savings Trust. His role at Zurich will see him chair the new IGC, a board created to act as a quasi-trustee board within contract-based DC funds.

Punter SouthallJohn Gordon, Douglas Primrose, Nick Vine and Will Wolfenden have been promoted to principal. Gordon has more than a decade’s experience in the pensions industry, qualifying as an actuary in 2007, while Primrose has been with Punter Southall since 1997 and primarily advises trustee boards. Vine joined in 2000, qualifying as an actuary in 2007 and advises both DB and DC schemes, while Wolfenden joined in 2001, qualifying as an actuary in 2006.

Ashcroft Rowan – The asset management division has appointed Gregor McNie as investment director. Based in London, he will report to asset management head Harry Burnham. McNie joins from Brewin Dolphin and has worked at James Capel Investment Management and HSBC over the course of his nearly 30-year career.

Royal London Asset ManagementTrevor Greetham is to head the new multi-asset division, joining from Fidelity Worldwide Investment. He will report to Piers Hillier, RLAM’s newly appointed CIO. Greetham spent nearly a decade at Fidelity, most recently overseeing a number of its multi-asset activities.

Hermes Investment ManagementIan Kennedy has been named COO, joining the board and executive committee. He has more than 20 years’ experience in finance, working at Fortis Private Banking and as COO and CFO at BNP Paribas UK Wealth Management.

Temple BrightComron Rowe has joined Temple Bright, which has launched a pensions practice. Rowe joins from Foot Anstey and has previously also worked at Simmons & Simmons. He has advised both private sector clients during negotiations with the Pensions Regulator and worked with outsourcing companies implementing the UK’s Fair Deal policy, whereby public sector workers transfer to the private sector.