Appointments update - 2 March 2020

The Society of Pension Professionals has appointed Fred Emden as its first chief executive.

Emden will be responsible for leading the organisation as well as acting as one of its key spokespeople. He has previously served as deputy CEO of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and deputy chief executive of the Scottish Ballet.

Isio, formerly KPMG’s UK Pensions Advisory Practice, has selected Andrew Coles as CEO.

The announcement coincided with the company’s UK launch, which followed the completion of its sale from KPMG to Exponent Private Equity and Isio’s partners. The new company’s senior leadership is comprised of twenty partners who formerly led the pensions practice at KPMG, while 500 staff have also moved across. Meanwhile, Roger Siddle has been appointed to serve as chairman of the new company.

Kingswood Holdings has announced the hire of Harriet Griffin as chief operating officer, along with two other senior non-board appointments.

Griffin joins from Charles Stanley, where she was chief operating officer of the Private Client Investment Management business, and has previously served as senior client relationship manager at the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Kingswood also announced the hiring of Richard Bernstein as chief risk officer from Close Brothers Asset Management and Kirsten Owbridge as managing director – group HR from St James’s Place Wealth Management.

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