Spence Johnson – Will Mayne has been promoted to director. He studied Economics at the University of Cambridge and management at the Judge Business School before running a team of analysts at Informa. Since joining Spence Johnson, he has worked on a wide variety of strategic projects across European institutional.Newton Investment Management – Julian Lyne has been appointed global head of distribution. He was previously head of business development and global consultant relationships at Newton. He joined the company in the summer of 2014 from F&C Investments, where he was head of institutional business.BNY Mellon – Richard Gill has been appointed head of BNY’s Markets business in the EMEA region. Gill has worked at BNY Mellon for more than 20, years and his previous roles include co-head of FX Trading and chief FX Dealer. Meanwhile, Ileana Sodani is to lead the Asset Servicing Relationship Development business in the EMEA. She formerly held the position of chief relationship officer of Pershing’s EMEA business.bfinance – Peter Hobbs is joining as managing director of private markets. Hobbs recently left MSCI, where he was head of real estate research. Hobbs was previously head of global research at Deutsche Bank’s real estate investment management business RREEF, before joining MSCI in 2010.UBS Asset Management – Asher Garnett has joined as director of UK business development for the global real estate business of UBS. Garnett joins from BlackRock, where he spent the past five years. Prior to this, he spent four years on CMBS at Bank of America. Pension Protection Fund, West Midlands Pension Fund, Financial Conduct Authority, Redington, Willis Towers Watson, Spence Johnson, Newton Investment Management, BNY Mellon, bfinance, UBS Asset ManagementPension Protection Fund – Leanne Clements has joined the UK’s PPF as responsible investment manager. Clements was most recently responsible investment officer at West Midlands Pension Fund. She held a similar position at the London Pensions Fund Authority and has also worked at Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC), a proxy voting and engagement firm. Ebba Schmidt, who was the responsible investment manager at the PPF and implemented its responsible investment strategy, died last year.Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – Acting chief executive Tracey McDermott is to leave the FCA on 1 July. In January, she decided in early December 2015 to withdraw from the process to appoint the permanent chief executive but would continue as acting CEO until a permanent replacement was in post. Andrew Bailey was appointed as the new chief executive on 26 January and is due to take up the position this summer.Redington – Jinesh Patel has been appointed vice-president of the DC & Financial Well-being Consulting Practice. He joins from Willis Towers Watson, where he provided defined contribution consultancy advice. Before then, he worked at HSBC.
– Jagdeo calls for higher standards of living for Guyanese Guyanese can look forward to the New Year with hope President David Granger promised in his message to the nation when the clock struck midnight – signalling the end of 2016.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo“We welcome the New Year 2017 with supreme confidence and with a strong conviction that we’ve chosen the correct course to advance our country,” the Head of State expressed.The President reflected on the past year and made promises to improve on the efforts employed to make Guyana a better place for all: “National pride was evident at home and in the Diaspora as we celebrated our jubilee year 2016. We shall be even prouder as we apply our assets and abilities in this New Year to move faster and further along the path of economic growth.”Granger focused most of his speech on plans for the development of a green economy, reiterating most of what he propagated throughout his presidency.President David GrangerHe said the population can begin to see concrete measures in place towards the realisation of a green economy, with more solar panels being installed in Government buildings and the shift to cleaner energy.The President also spoke of the need for a better information communication technology (ICT) sector: “ICT will facilitate greater connectivity between the coastland and hinterland, it will stimulate the services sector and improve the delivery of public services and enhance competitiveness of our economy.”Granger also said that in 2017, much focus will be placed on protecting Guyana’s sovereignty, especially with the Venezuela/Guyana border controversy being at such a delicate stage.“Our vigilance to protect our people and our patrimony against all threats to our territory will not be diminished,” he stated.President Granger promised that with the new year, Guyanese will witness the acceleration of the transition towards improvement in our citizens’ quality of life.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has extended New Year greetings to all Guyanese at home and abroad. He wished a year that will deliver goodwill, higher standards of living, equity and justice as well as massive economic development for our people regardless of their race and ethnicity, religious beliefs and political persuasions.“As we reflect on the significant challenges encountered in 2016, we must recommit ourselves to redoubling our efforts to ensure that we overcome those that lie ahead this year,” he stated.Jagdeo said 2017 must be used as the year to achieve national healing and reconciliation, racial harmony, unity and cohesiveness: ” As a nation we must also strive to work together to achieve our broad objectives of creating an economy that is resilient, diversified, green and capable of withstanding the shocks caused by international financial crises and generating jobs and income for our people. Social services, including the delivery of quality health care and education and the welfare of the elderly and disadvantaged must be given greater priority.”He continued: ” We can ill-afford this year to have more executive lawlessness, divisiveness, poor economic management and partisan ‘social cohesion’ initiatives. It is my hope that our National Assembly will rise to a new level where more meaningful consultation, political cooperation and consensus are the order of the day.”Jagdeo noted that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic which is the main opposition parliamentary party will continue to lobby and fight for the rights of Guyanese at every level.“We will seize every opportunity to ensure that good governance prevails and higher levels of transparency and accountability are evident in Government’s business and undertakings,” he stated.