Appointments update 14 May

Written by Theo Andrew

The Pensions and Lifetime Association (PLSA) has made two new appointments to its research team.

Simon Sarker has been appointed head of research, while Tiffany Tsang joins as policy lead within the governance and investment team. Sarker joins from the Financial Conduct Authority and will be responsible for leading the research programme at the PLSA. Tsang has 15 years experience in public policy and joins from the Association of British Insurers, where she was most recently a policy adviser.

Xafinity Punter Southall has appointed Simeon Willis as chief investment officer.

Willis joins from KPMG where he was director and head of investment strategy, responsible for overseeing investment research across the UK team. In his new role, he will be responsible for the firm’s client tailored strategic asset allocation advice and manager research across all asset classes. Prior to joining KPMG, Willis was a consultant at Mercer Investments for five years.

The Equity Release Council Board has appointed Paul Turner to its board.

Turner, currently Just Group managing director of retirement lending for international and group development, will be responsible for helping the Council ensure the market grows safely, and that “rigorously high standards are maintained”. Turner will also be responsible for meeting the demographic and economic challenges facing the UK’s aging society.

Intrinsic has promoted Jenny Granner as operations director.

Granner will report to CEO Andy Thompson and will be responsible for operations delivery, compliance systems and adviser oversight. She is a founding member of the firm, joining the business in 2005 and has held a number of senior positions in Intrinsic. Prior to joining, she worked at Allied Dunbar and Zurich Financial services.

She replaces Steve Burke, who having joined the firm in 2015 will become a special adviser on technology.

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