Hastings Direct
Mark Adams is joining Hastings Direct as chief financial officer, ahead of the company’s IPO next year. Adams’ recent career includes the roles of interim chief financial officer at EasyJet, group finance director then chief executive at Helphire Group, and chief financial officer at both Alpha Airports Group and STA Travel Group. Adams will report directly to Hastings Direct chief executive Edward Fitzmaurice as they take the company public.

Ophir Energy
Nick Cooper, chief financial officer of Salamander Energy, will leave the company to join Ophir Energy as chief executive, effective from 31 May. Salamander Energy has started the search for Cooper’s successor, to be announced in due course.

JP Morgan Asset Management
Joe Valente has joined JP Morgan Asset Management’s global real assets business as head of research and strategy, real estate Europe. Previously, Valente was head of investment strategy for Allianz Real Estate.

Northland Capital Partners
The full-service investment bank has appointed Louis Castro as head of capital markets. Castro, who will join the board of Northland as an executive director, joins from Matrix Corporate Capital, where he led the corporate finance team.

Dalton Strategic Partnership
The investment specialist has appointed Peter Buxton as a partner, with responsibility for the distribution of Melchior funds into the Nordic markets. Buxton joins from Gartmore Asset Management, where he managed the distribution of Gartmore funds into the Nordic and French markets.

VFS Group
The financial adviser has appointed Andre le Roux as managing director and Andrew Pletzer as general manager of VFS Holdings, incorporating VFS International and VFS Europe Sàrl. Le Roux joins from The Henley Group in Singapore, and Pletzer joins from financial advisory brokerage MLP.

The Diverse Income Trust
The trust has announced its independent board of directors, following completion of the company’s IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Michael Wrobel, group adviser at Rio Tinto, will chair the board, which is completed by Paul Craig, director of Henderson Global Investors; Lucinda Riches, non-executive director of UK Financial Investments; and Jane Tufnell, director of Ruffer Investments.

Tax Advisory Partnership
Julian Brooks and Jamie Favell, senior managers at KMPG and RSM Tenon respectively, have been recruited to the Tax Advisory Partnership to form a new private client tax team. The pair will work alongside Michael Bull, formerly a tax director with Deloitte, and the rest of the team to develop the Tax Advisory Partnership business and brand.