People Moves: IIC advisory council, VAM funds – updated, Lombard Odier IM

UK’s IIC announces advisory council, VAM appoints for Europe institutional sales, Lombard Odier makes senior fixed income and currency hire in London

Institutional Investor Committee (IIC)

The UK group of institutional representatives from trade associations including the Association of British Insurers, the Investment Management Association (IMA) and the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), has announced the members of its advisory council.

Chair of the IIC, the IMA, and head of the UK’s largest listed real estate fund management group Invista Real Estate Investment Management, Douglas Ferrans (pictured), takes up the helm to serve a two year term, as will the rest of the council’s members.

Nine other members make up the council:
• Schroders’ chief investment officer Alan Brown
• BlackRock’s EMEA chair James Charrington
• chief executive of Aviva Investors Alain Dromer
• Aerion’s equities investment director Stuart Fowler
• Roger Gray, CIO for UK public pension fund the Universities Superannuation Scheme
• State Street Global Advisors’ chief investment officer Richard Lacaille
• NAPF investment council chair and vice president for pensions at DeutschePost DHL Ray Martin
• M&G’s chief executive Michael McLintock
• chief executive for Standard Life Investments Keith Skeoch.

The council’s aim is ensure the work of the IIC is investor led, and will seek to drive shareholder engagement. It “will meet on an ad hoc basis to discuss issues affecting the institutional investment community”, an official statement said.

VAM Funds

Targeting institutional sales across Europe, VAM funds, which manages its funds alongside Driehaus Capital Management LLC, Fleming Family and Partners, Enhanced Investment Products and Valu-Trac, has hired Chris Leyshon.

Having begun his role at the start of June 2011, Leyshon is the firm’s second institutional hire in a month. He will focus on investors based in Scandinavia and Continental Europe.

Previously, Leyshon worked at US manager Wellington Management, managing relationships and seeking new business from large institutional investors, private banks and high net worth clients. He has also worked for UBS, in both its asset management division and for its investment bank.

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