Pemberton Capital Advisors
The private equity firm has appointed Christopher Higgins as chief operating officer and Sarah Whitehead (pictured) as internal legal council. Prior to joining Pemberton, Higgins was chief adminstration officer of the non-core division of RBS and held a number of management roles in the debt and credit markets businesses of RBS’s global banking and markets division. Whitehead previously worked for ING in Moscow as managing director, head of debt capital markets Russia.

Polar Capital
Ton Tjia has been hired to establish a European market neutral franchise for the investment manager. Tjia joins from Ratio Asset Management where he managed the $15m ratio European opportunities fund, which has transferred to Polar Capital. Tjia will be joined at Polar by his Ratio colleague Bradley Reynolds.

Lombard Medical Technologies
Tim Hall will step down as finance director of the medical technology company on 31 December to join Oxford Gene Technology in the same role. Lombard has appointed Edwin Lloyd, a chartered accountant with ten years’ experience at blue-chip companies including BT and BSkyB, as financial controller.

The residential property firm has appointed Tony Wray to the board as a non-executive director. Wray has been the chief executive of Severn Trent since 2007; prior to that, he worked in senior management positions at British Gas and Transco.

Osborne Clarke
The law firm has strengthened its banking team by hiring two Taylor Wessing partners, Dominic Ross and Akmal Ghauri, who will join the firm’s finance group in January. Both lawyers specialise in leveraged finance and real estate finance.

Metro Bank
James Reuben, managing partner of Melbury Capital, has been appointed as a non-executive director. Reuben is the former board director of Motcomb Estates, a property advisory business specialising in urban regeneration.

The real estate firm has hired Robyn Blackburn and Vicky Thomas as senior planner and planner respectively. Blackburn joins from Planning Potential and Thomas joins from regeneration consultancy Hunt Dobson Stringer.

Cushman & Wakefield
The property consultant has appointed Asia retail expert Tracy Lu to its cross-border retail team in London. Tracy previously worked in the retail teams of Savills, JLL in Beijing and mostly recently for Swire Properties, a major landlord in Hong Kong and China.