City Moves for 17 October 2014 | Who’s switching jobs

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The real estate advisory firm has appointed Jim Wickens as a director in its London-based building and project consultancy team. He has more than 20 years’ experience, and joins from Cluttons. Wickens has also previously held roles at Broadgate Estates, Drivers Jonas and Bucknall Austin.

Aviva Investors

The asset manager has announced two appointments to its infrastructure team. Veronique Leroy joins as head of infrastructure investment services from Octopus Investments. Jolanta Touzard joins as assistant fund manager from Equitix.


Cheryl Martin has been appointed partner in the professional services firm’s financial services IT security and cyber risk practice. She joins from CGI, where she led its UK cyber security practice. Martin has also previously worked at BT Global Services.

Skipton Building Society

Ashraf Piranie has been appointed group finance director at the building society. He joins from Nottingham Building Society, where he was finance director and deputy chief executive. Piranie has also held senior positions at Alliance & Leicester and Islamic Bank of Britain.

F&C Investments

Howard Pearce has been appointed chair of the investment management firm’s responsible investment advisory council. He was previously head of pension fund management for the Environment Agency Pension Fund.


Tony Wood has been appointed head of the talent, health, retirement and investment firm’s employee health and benefits business in the UK. He most recently worked at Bupa, where he was sales director for its health funding business in the UK. Wood has also held positions at MBF Group.

Sovereign Capital

The private equity firm has announced three appointments. Jake Warman has been appointed investment manager. He joins from Skillcapital’s New York office, where he was a director. Jonathan Thorne has been appointed investment manager. He joins from Experian. Finally, Paul Mangan joins as a researcher from Cognolink.

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