Wednesday 30 January 2019 12:34 am

City Moves for 30 January – who’s switching jobs at Wesleyan, Horizon and Winckworth Sherwood?

Who’s on the move today?


Wesleyan, the specialist financial services provider – provides specialist financial advice and solutions to doctors, dentists, lawyers and teachers – has appointed Mario Mazzocchi as its new chief operating officer (COO). Mario previously spent 15 years with Lloyds Banking Group, most recently as COO for the Insurance and Wealth division.

He worked in a number of functions within the Group including marketing, change, strategy, operations, sales and across retail, corporate banking and insurance. Mario was a Board Member of the Association of British Insurers in his role at Lloyds. As Wesleyan COO, Mario will play a key role in delivering Wesleyan’s strategic growth plans leading teams responsible for technology and transformation, life and pensions, practice plan and Wesleyan bank.


Horizon Discovery Group, a Aim-listed global leader in the application of gene editing and gene modulation technologies based in Cambridge, has announced the appointment of Jayesh Pankhania as chief financial officer and member of the board of Horizon, effective immediately. Jayesh will succeed Richard Vellacott who is stepping down from the role and the board following almost seven years at Horizon. Richard will continue with the Company in an advisory capacity for a period to time to facilitate a smooth transition.

Jayesh joined Horizon Discovery’s Finance department in April 2018 in an interim chief financial officer (CFO) capacity. Prior to joining Horizon, Jayesh was Group CFO of Xtera, where he was responsible for developing business plans and strategies for growth. Previous leadership roles include deputy CFO of Asia Resource Minerals , CFO of Planned Maintenance at Carillion and CFO of Rail and Metro at Serco. Cumulatively, Jayesh has more than 25 years’ of blue-chip international finance experience, including working within main market-listed companies.

Winckworth Sherwood

Winckworth Sherwood has announced the appointment of senior charities lawyer Alison Talbot as a partner, bringing considerable strength and experience to the firm’s charities and social enterprises practice. Alison joins the firm from Penningtons Manches where she led its charities team, advising charities of all sizes including many well-known national charities. Alison advises on all aspects of charity law and governance. Winckworth Sherwood has a strong and highly rated charities and social enterprises practice, which has been at the forefront of advising local authorities on the outsourcing of non-essential services to community interest organisations and social enterprises.