Appointments update 9 November 2020

The Church of England Pensions Board has announced the appointment of Michael Pratten as chief investment officer (CIO).

Reporting to chief executive, John Ball, Pratten will work alongside the investment team co-director, Adam Matthews, who leads on ethics and engagement. Prior to joining the board in November, he was interim CIO for the London CIV, having previously also held the role of CIO at Canopius, Coal Pension Trustees and Equitas Service. Pratten took up the role as of 2 November 2020, following the retirement of the previous CIO, Pierre Jameson.

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has appointed Aviva as its Diversity & Inclusion partner.

The PMI will work alongside Aviva to deliver webinars, interviews, panel discussions, research and case studies designed to drive change in the sector and encourage better practice within pension firms. The partnership is also expected to support the PMI’s ambition to encourage greater diversity on trustee boards, with both businesses aiming to “address the problem from its grassroots” in order to encourage people from outside typical demographics to get involved with pension trusteeship.

Isio has named Ian Pain as its first permanent chief financial officer (CFO).

Pain has an extensive career in private equity and M&A, having previously held CFO roles with DX group and a specialist label manufacturing business. Most recently, he also established a new stock exchange dedicated to commercial real estate, IPSX. Pain takes over from Paul Matson, who has held the interim position since Isio launched as an independent company in March 2020. The appointment comes alongside a number of internal promotions, including the appointment of Erin Hepher as permanent head of marketing, and the promotion of Ajith Nair and Joanne Hoad to directors.

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