NETHERLANDS - Roelf Pater has joined independent advisor Avida International following his departure from Aegon earlier this year.

At Aegon, Pater was head of client services and investment strategy. He has also been managing director at ING Asset Management, as well as the head of asset management at Mn Services.

The 52 year old, who graduated from Groningen University, has a wealth of experience working on investment management in pension funds, as well as in the field of fiduciary management.

Avida, which is active in the Netherlands, Germany, the UK and Belgium, is an independent management and organisation advisor for corporate pension schemes.

The company specialises in organising and restructuring cross-border pension organisations for domestic and multi-national organisations.

It assesses and selects external service providers such as investment consultants, fiduciary managers, delegated CIOs and custodians.

Its clients' asset base amounts to more than €100bn and also includes government agencies and non-governmental organisations.