Barclays has appointed Paul McNamara (pictured) as MD of insurance and investments to strengthen the bank’s ability to make protection insurance more accessible. McNamara comes from Standard Life, where he was MD for group strategy and corporate finance, before which he was a director of marketing and distribution at HBOS financial services. In another previous role, he headed up group strategy at AXA UK, working across a wide range of insurance fields.

HSBC has added to its alternative investments team with the appointment of Phelim Bolger as head of UK sales. He will be reporting to Florence Picon and joins the bank from Union Bancaire Privee, where he was an executive director and head of UK institutional business.

Bolger has also occupied a range of other roles in sales and marketing, having previously worked at Key Asset Management, a fund of hedge funds provider, JP Morgan Asset Management and Brown Brothers Harriman.

Aviva Investors
Stephanie Maier has taken on the role of corporate responsibility manager at Aviva Investors. She will be responsible for coordinating the company’s corporate responsibility programme and engaging external investors in the topic. Maier has moved over from Ethical Investment Research Services, where she headed a team of 30 researchers and six research partners generating research on responsible investment in emerging market businesses.

At Aviva, she will be reporting to Steve Waygood, head of sustainability, research and engagement, and will be working closely with Nigel Clemson, HR director.

Saltus Partners
Mayfair-based investment manager Saltus Partners has announced the appointment of David Cooke to its investment committee. Cooke has moved over from Mint Securities, where he was a chief investment strategist.

In the past, he spent 13 years at Goldman Sachs, where was advising institutional clients on their global investment strategy. He also has experience as an equity long-short hedge fund manager at CQS and joins Saltus as a partner.

Allen & Overy
The corporate energy practice at Allen & Overy receives a boost this week with the addition of two new partners: Paul Griffin and John Geraghty. Both Griffin and Geraghty join from the London office of Herbet Smith, where Griffin has been a partner since 2000.

While there, he headed up the oil and gas practice and now has 25 years’ experience in the industry. Geraghty specialises in international mergers and acquisitions, long-term commodity takes and off-take agreements. Allen & Overy’s energy practice has recently been involved in several high-profile deals such as Emirates National Oil Company’s offer for Dragon Oil and Royal Dutch Shell on its sale of several assets in Greece.

RBC Capital Markets
The corporate and investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada, RBC Capital Markets, has hired a new MD and global head of public sector debt, Sean Taor. He will be based in London reporting to Harry Samuel and Johnathan Hunter, co-heads of fixed income and currencies. Taor joins the firm from Barclays Capital, where he has worked for 18 years.

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has filled a newly created role of commercial director for real estate by appointing Peter Macpherson to the job. Based in the firm’s London office, he will be reporting to Malcolm Naish, director of real estate, and will drive the commercial side of the firm’s institutional real estate division.

He will be working closely with senior real estate managers and the sales team and will draw on his 25 years’ experience in property markets. Most recently he worked as head of client services and business development at ING Real Estate Investment Management.

Quintain Estates & Development
Quintain’s fund management team has received a boost with two new appointments who are to aid in the strategic objective of doubling funds under management to £2bn by 2013. Scott Wilson will take over as fund manager focused on new business opportunities while Michael Donnelly will be fund manager for Quantum, a science park fund co-funded with Aviva Investors.