Oracle Coalfields
The mining company, which is developing a 1.4bn tonne coalfield in Pakistan’s Sindh Province, has appointed Adrian Loader, the former president of Shell Canada, as chairman of the board of directors. Loader’s former board appointments include Alliance-Unichem, Alliance-Boots and Candax Energy. He is currently a director of Holcim, a member of the Garda World International Advisory Board and a member of the advisory board of Lane, Clark and Peacock.

Fleming Family & Partners
The wealth management group has appointed Scott Oliphant and David Zelouf as senior client relationship directors in the firm’s asset management business in London. Oliphant and Zelouf, who will join the firm in November, specialise in the ultra high net worth sector, and were most recently directors of Barclays Wealth.

F&C REIT Asset Management
The direct property fund management business of the F&C Group has appointed Chris O’Connell as an asset manager in the London office. O’Connell joins from Invista Real Estate Investment Management, where he managed property assets of £1bn as an associate director in the Industrial Property team.

RBC Wealth Management
Royal Bank of Canada’s wealth management business has appointed Pierre Sigrist as a director in the private client fiduciary services team in Dubai. Sigrist joins from UBS, where he was head of wealth planning international in Switzerland, with a focus on the Middle East, North East and Africa.

Carmignac Gestion
Laurent Ducoin will join the asset manager as head of the European management team on 1 October. Ducoin was most recently pan‐European equities manager in the European specialist team at BlackRock in London.

Sirius Petroleum
The independent oil developer has appointed Ed Johnson as commercial director to advise the company on its acquisition strategy, principally in Nigeria. Johnson joins from Renaissance Capital, where he was head of the new markets oil team for investment banking and financing, covering all emerging markets outside Russia and Ukraine.

The media law firm has strengthened its film and TV team by hiring Neil Gillard from Reed Smith as a partner to co-lead the media finance group with David Quli. In addition, Vickie Cameron, formerly of Walt Disney Pictures, has joined the film production team as a consultant to specialise in motion picture development and production.