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Lloyds Banking Group
Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets has promoted Chris Birt to director in its acquisition finance team in London, reporting to Ian Sale. Birt, 33, has eight years of experience at Lloyds Banking Group after joining the corporate banking graduate scheme and has held his current position since 2006. Chris has led and co-led 20 private equity-backed mid market transactions, including providing leveraged debt to support Sovereign Capital’s recent acquisitions.

Barclay Meade
Professional staffing recruitment consultancy Barclay Meade, part of the Matchtech Group, has bolstered its team in London with six new appointments. The procurement and supply chain team has been expanded with the appointments of Toby Beech as lead consultant, and James Woolley as senior consultant. The commerce and industry team has announced the appointment of Rebecca Cooper as consultant – temporary finance accounting.

Emma Womersley and Laura Deegan both join the marketing team as senior consultants, while the HR team benefits from appointing Israil Bryan, again as senior consultant.

All appointments will be operating out of Barclay Meade’s London office.

JO Hambro
Charles Martyn-Hemphill and Will Kenney, of Spencer House Capital Management (SHCM), are to join JO Hambro Investment Management (JOHIM), the specialist investment management firm. They are expected to join JOHIM in February 2011. Prior to joining SHCM as a founding partner in 2006, Martyn-Hemphill spent 26 years at Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Asset Management where his most recent position was managing director and head of the global select equity team. At Deutsche he managed global and US equity mandates, including the highly rated DWS American Growth Trust which he ran from inception in 1990. Kenney also joined SHCM in 2006 as a founding partner to manage global equity assets alongside Martyn-Hemphill who he had worked with at Deutsche for six years. At Deutsche he managed global equities and prior to that was a sector specialist researching healthcare stocks.

Simon Melliss, chief financial officer, will retire on 30 June 2011. Melliss will be 59 in July this year, and has been with Hammerson since 1991. He was appointed chief financial officer in 1995. Timon Drakesmith, currently finance director of Great Portland Estates, has been appointed as his replacement.