The inter-dealer broker has appointed Iain Torrens as group finance director, after incumbent Matthew Lester, pictured, said he would leave to take up a role as the next chief financial officer of Royal Mail.

Torrens joined ICAP in 2006 and has been group financial controller since July 2008.

Lester, who also formerly held senior finance roles at drinks giant Diageo, will join Royal Mail after ICAP’s half-year results on 17 November.

JO Hambro
The investment management firm has appointed Jim Leng and Sir Brian Williamson to its board as non-executive directors.

Leng is currently the European chairman of US private equity group AEA and sits on the board of Russian oil and gas group TNK-BP and French engineering firm Alstom.

Williamson has 40 years of experience in the banking and investment industry, having formerly established and chaired the London International Financial Futures Exchange for many years. He is a non-executive at HSBC and also spent 12 years as a director of the FSA.

Lincoln International
The mid-market investment banking group has hired Jonathan Broome to lead its newly-launched UK debt advisory business, effective from January next year.

Broome joins from DC Advisory (formerly Close Brothers Corporate Finance), where he was a managing director in the debt advisory group. His experience includes advising Graphite Capital on its acquisition of U-POL from AAC Capital, advising LGV on its acquisition of Snow & Rock, and advising Warburg Pincus on its acquisition of Survitec from Montagu Private Equity.

Ernst & Young
The accountancy firm has hired a new partner to lead its advisory practice in Scotland.

Stephen Farrell joins from consulting and business services group Mouchel, where he was managing director of the international consulting business, advising on business transformation programmes across a number of industry sectors, including government, utilities, life sciences and financial services.

Stephenson Harwood
Sara George has joined the law firm’s financial services contentious regulatory practice as a partner.

She was previously at Allen & Overy, specialising in advising clients under investigation by the Financial Services Authority and the Serious Fraud Office.