Who’s on the move today?
Knight Frank has bolstered its commercial research team with the appointment of Victoria Ormond as partner. She will lead the capital markets research team, working alongside the global capital markets teams to produce insight, commentary and analysis. With 15 years’ experience in commercial real estate, Victoria joins from the research & strategy team at Savills Investment Management, where she contributed to the development of fund strategies and thematic research across sectors and geographies around Europe and the UK.
Victoria began her real estate career with seven years at RBS. At Bayfield Training, she has also been involved in the design and delivery of real estate courses for major commercial real estate fund managers, lenders, investors and lawyers. Since 2011, Victoria has been a supervisor and guest lecturer at the University of Cambridge, covering areas including real estate finance, valuation, urban economics and statistics, while also working on a thesis in commercial real estate debt. William Matthews, head of commercial research at Knight Frank, said: “Victoria’s extensive experience across multiple areas of the commercial real estate sector makes her the ideal addition to our growing team.”
International law firm Clifford Chance has appointed Toby Parkinson as a partner in the European Infrastructure Group, based in London. Toby began his career at Clifford Chance’s London office in 2006, and worked in the infrastructure and private equity practice for 10 years, specialising in infrastructure transactions and cross-border M&A. During this time, he also spent three years in the Tokyo office, advising on M&A transactions in the infrastructure and energy sectors. In 2016, Toby joined OMERS Infrastructure in London as director, legal, where he has provided legal advice and support on new investment opportunities, the management of infrastructure assets across Europe, and third-party capital-raise efforts.
Newgate Communications has appointed Nina Dowell, chief operating officer (COO), to the board, resulting in the most senior managerial roles, executive chair, chief executive and COO, being held by women. Nina is responsible for all administrative functions supporting the effectiveness of client-facing teams in the UK and is a member of the UK’s senior leadership team. She is responsible for finance, IT and facilities and talent acquisition. Deborah Saw, executive chair of Newgate, said: “We are very proud of the fact that the three most senior roles in our agency are held by women. Nina brings a wealth of experience, expertise and insight to the board. She is a key member of the team.”