AEIP, USS, Aviva Investors, Valad Europe, AP1, Legal & General, Kames Capital

European Association of Paritarian InstitutionsFrancesco Briganti is to step down as director of the AEIP, the industry group for pension providers managed by social partners. Briganti has been the organisation’s director since 2009, but joined in 2006 as its legal adviser. Prior to joining the AEIP, he was a member of the Italian region of Veneto’s delegation to the EU. He is currently also a member of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s pensions stakeholder group.

Universities Superannuation SchemeAlan Higham has been named chief pensions strategy and engagement officer at the UK’s second-largest pension fund. Higham, previously a policy adviser at the Department for Work & Pensions, was also retirement director at Fidelity and a partner at PwC. He replaces Brendan Mulkern, who left USS earlier this year after well over a decade in charge of policy.

Aviva InvestorsAnne Whitaker has joined the asset manager’s board as non-executive director. Whitaker is currently chair of the firm’s audit committee and a member of its risk, remuneration and nomination committees, and has previously spent nearly 30 years at Ernst & Young, where she was a partner within its investment management practice.

Valad EuropeTomas Beck has joined the pan-European real estate manager as head of Nordics. Beck has previously worked at StorebandFastigheter, and was until last year real estate portfolio manager at Swedish buffer fund AP1.

Legal & GeneralAli Toutounchi has been named a trustee of the insurer’s UK master trust, joining its independent governance committee. Toutounchi has previously worked at NatWest Securities, UBS Asset Management and has also worked as managing director of Legal & General Investment Management’s global index funds.

Kames CapitalRory Sandilands has been named investment manager within the firm’s fixed income team. He joins from Goldman Sachs, where he was executive director in its credit sales team, and has also worked at Morgan Stanley as vice president of fixed income credit sales. Sandilands will be based in Edinburgh, reporting to investment manager Stephen Snowden.