The investment business has appointed George Whitehead as venture partner manager to develop the Octopus Venture Partner Group. George joins from Nesta Investments, where he was business development director and supported programmes targeted at growth businesses. These ranged from investments in company accelerators like Springboard, Seedcamp and Design London to supporting networks such as the British Business Angels Association.

MGM Advantage
The retirement income specialist has appointed Simon Whitehead to the executive team and board as chief financial officer, effective from 1 September. Whitehead joins from the specialist pensions consultancy 4Change, where he was senior partner.

Novo Altum
Tim Kerr has joined the management consultant as finance transformation practice leader. He joins from Accenture, where he was a partner in the finance and performance management practice.

Berwin Leighton Paisner
Richard Davies will join the law firm’s Abu Dhabi-based Middle East and North Africa team. Davies, previously at Linklaters, has spent the last three years in Dubai working on building and engineering projects in the MENA region.

State Street Global Advisors
The investment management arm of State Street Corporation has appointed Susan Raynes as head of its UK, Middle East and Africa institutional business. Raynes, who will relocate to London this month, was previously senior managing director, head of SSGA’s San Francisco office.

We R Interactive
The social games publisher has appointed Christian Purslow, former managing director of Liverpool FC, to the newly created role of non-executive independent director. Purslow’s appointment follows his investment in the company, which is also backed by investors including Eric Fellner, co-founder of Working Title Films; Elio Leoni-Sceti, former chief executive of EMI Music; and Peter Mead, founder of Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Insparo Asset Management
Andrew Dwiar has been promoted to middle office analyst to manage the operations around Insparo’s funds. Prior to joining the firm earlier this year, Andrew worked with the global credit team at Thames River Capital.