Amra Balic has joined the asset manager as the EMEA head of corporate governance and responsible investment. Balic joins BlackRock from Standard & Poor’s, where she was a director in European Corporate Credit Ratings, responsible for corporate governance into the credit ratings process. Prior to joining S&P’s Corporate Governance Services team in 2000, Balic was a financial analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Independent Trustee Services
Martine Trouard-Riolle has been appointed as a director of ITS. Trouard-Riolle started her career as an insolvency lawyer before joining the Pensions Regulator, where she was head of corporate risk management, with responsibility for the clearance and anti-avoidance teams.

The asset manager within Allianz Global Investors has appointed Melissa Gallagher as director, head of investment trusts. Gallagher was most recently head of investment trusts at Gartmore Investment Management, where she worked for ten years.

VMA Group
Nina Arnott has joined the executive recruiter to lead the firm’s executive communications practice across the firm’s London and Manchester offices. Arnott was most recently interim European director of communications for McDonalds.

Brooks Macdonald
The Aim-listed integrated wealth management group has hired Diane Seymour-Williams as a non-executive director, with immediate effect. Seymour-Williams is currently an executive director of the investment manager Lloyd George Management.

Bibby Financial Services
The invoice finance specialist has hired Elias Violaris as business development manager, based in its Moorgate office. Violaris joins from NatWest, where he was specialist relationship manager.

Home Retail Group
Clare Askem, formerly director of strategic development for Home Retail Group, has been appointed as managing director of Habitat, following the furnishing brand’s acquisition by HRG in June.

Alstom Transport
Terence Watson has been promoted to MD of the firm’s UK and Ireland business. Watson moves from the company’s Paris office, where he led the European Region for the International Network.