Cushman & Wakefield
The global property consultant has expanded its EMEA sustainability team by appointing Justy Mathew as sustainability analyst, based in London. He joins from Pensions & Investment Research Consultants, where he worked on corporate social responsibility. Reporting to Andries van der Walt, head of sustainability for EMEA, Mathew will deliver sustainability consultancy for corporate occupiers and investor clients alongside Alison Matthews, who joined as sustainability advisor earlier this year.

Barclays’ corporate and employer solutions business has recruited Paul Wilson as head of employee benefit consulting and Chris Mowatt as head of the bank’s global stock and reward services division. Wilson joins from St James’s Place Wealth Management and Mowatt moves from Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.

Towers Watson
The professional services company has hired Claire Farrelly as a director in its risk consulting and software business. Farrelly joins the company’s Reigate office from KPMG, where she led two of the UK regional actuarial consulting teams.

Lombard Odier
Lombard Odier Investment Managers has appointed Jan Straatman to the newly created position of chief investment officer (CIO), effective from 1 March 2012. Straatman joins from ING Investment Management, where he was global CIO.

Paul Sahota, the former head of insurance at specialist risk consultancy Avantage, has been confirmed as the new audit director at Aviva. Sahota, who previously held senior risk advisory roles at AXA, AIG, Deloitte and KPMG, will lead the global audit function’s response to the emerging Solvency II regulation.

Rockspring Property Investment Managers has hired Ben Lonsdale as senior research analyst. Lonsdale joins from DTZ, where he was an economics consultant.

Avoca Capital Holdings
Tarek Saber and Jasper Van Ingen, who worked together at Dutch asset manager APG, have joined the investment manager as chief executive of convertible bond strategies and senior portfolio manager respectively. In addition, Jonathan Sharkey, previously chief operating officer at Lydian Asset Management, joins as head of operations and Darren Carter, former chief executive of KBC Financial Products and non-executive chairman of Peel Hunt, becomes a partner and a co-investor in Avoca’s new convertible bond venture.