Countryside has appointed Matthew Higgs managing director of its Partnerships South business. In his new role, Matthew will spearhead the expansion of delivering affordable homes for those who live and work in London and the South-East. Matthew will be responsible for driving the performance of Partnerships South, providing strategic advice to Richard Cherry, chief executive of Partnerships, and the main board of Countryside while focusing on delivering the five-year growth plan for the business. He joins Countryside from the St James Group, part of the Berkeley Group, where he was a managing director. He also brings a wealth of experience, gained in the UK and internationally at Laing O’Rourke and Ove Arup & Partners, in managing and delivering large brownfield mixed-tenure schemes.
Pension Protection Fund
The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed Jayne Nickalls to its board as a non-executive director. Jayne has an extensive level of digital and IT experience and is currently a non-executive director at the financial services compensation scheme and at UK-based web experience supplier Jadu, where she advises on business development and strategy. Jayne was also VP consulting services -Northern Europe of US software company Chordiant Software from 1998 to 2004, joining its start-up phase for the UK and leading the delivery of enterprise solutions to clients across a number of industries, including financial services. From 2005 Jayne spent six years as CEO of Directgov, the government’s central public services website.
ThreatQuotient, a provider of threat intelligence platforms, has appointed Jonathan Couch vice president of strategy. In his new role, Jonathan is responsible for collaborating with ThreatQuotient’s partners and customers to better secure and enable their business, and defining product and technology plans that will directly impact the company’s software roadmap and strategic partnerships. Prior to joining ThreatQuotient, he was co-founder and vice president for iSIGHT Partners, a cyber threat intelligence firm formed in 2007 and acquired by FireEye in 2016. Jonathan has over 20 years of experience in information security, information warfare and intelligence collection. He is an expert in leading advanced cyber warfare, cyber security, information operations and policy.
Pension and investment software provider Selectapension has appointed Jon Manser as finance director. Jon joins Selectapension with over 20 years’ experience, most recently as a senior management accountant heading up the financial management team at a large public sector organisation, with budgets in excess of £400m. At Selectapension, Jon will be working alongside managing director Andy McCabe, business director Pauline Malin and operations director Adrian Malin to drive growth for the technology business. Initially he will focus on developing Selectapension’s Pension Transfer Bureau service. Jon will also utilise his financial expertise to help shape Selectapension’s new product developments, including the company’s new automated consumer guidance system, Pension Monster.
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