City Moves for 12 November 2014 | Who’s switching jobs

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Kames Capital

Craig Bonthron has been appointed investment manager in the investment management firm’s global equity team. He joins from Scottish Widows Investment Partnership, where he was an investment director and joint manager of the Swip Global Sustainability Equity and Global Islamic Equity funds.

Herbert Smith Freehills

James Palmer has been appointed senior partner and chair of the law firm’s global council. He has spent his entire career at the firm, and chairs both the FCA’s Listing Authority Advisory Panel and the UK takeover lawyers’ expert group.

Nomura Asset Management

The asset management firm has announced two appointments to its global fixed income division. Richard Hodges joins from Legal & General Investment Management, where he was head of alpha fixed income. Hodges has also held roles at Chase Manhattan Bank, Natwest Investments, and Gartmore Investment Management. Ben Bugg also joins from Legal & General Investment Management, where he was an assistant fund manager in its high alpha fixed income team.


The law firm has announced three appointments to its family law practice. Neil Hobden joins as partner from Benussi & Co. Chris Longbottom joins as associate from Aaron & Partners. Rebecca Calden-Storr joins as a solicitor. She was formerly a litigator at Wragge & Co and Mills & Reeve.

Nikko Asset Management

The asset manager has announced three appointments. John Howland-Jackson becomes vice-chairman of Nikko Asset Management Europe and senior adviser for the Middle East, Africa and Asia region. He was most recently senior managing director at ING Bank. Ian Lewis becomes head of global consultant relations. He was most recently a partner at Ardevora Asset Management. Charles Allard becomes head of sales, North Asia. He previously worked for Winton Capital Management.

Development Dimensions International

The talent management consultancy has announced the appointment of Dr Bruce Watt as managing director for Europe. He has been with the company for 14 years, and was most recently managing director for DDI Australia. Watt will also join the firm’s European executive leadership team.