LGPS Central makes five new senior appointments

LGPS Central, the asset management company set up to manage the £40bn assets of 9 midlands-based Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds, has today announced five new senior hires that will help secure the launch of the new asset manager in April 2018.

Joining the Company as Chief Compliance and Risk Officer, Mike Vinton was previously Head of Compliance and MLRO at Nestle Capital Management Limited and has spent the last 20 years working in financial services.

Sharon Johal joins as General Counsel. She joins from the Kuwait Investment Office where she was head of legal, having previously acted as Senior legal counsel to several financial services firms.

Mike and Sharon join Andrew Warwick-Thompson (CEO), John Burns (COFO) and Jason Fletcher (CIO) to complete the senior executive team at LGPS Central. Both new hires will take up their roles in early January 2018.

Also joining the Company are David Kane, as Head of Finance, and David Evans, Investment Director for Passive Equities. Both join LGPS Central from the West Midlands Pension Fund.

Adam Neilson joins as Head of Information Technology, having held similar positions in several financial services companies, most recently with AXA SunLife Direct and Towry.

Commenting on the appointments Andrew Warwick-Thompson said: “These appointments mark a significant step forward for LGPS Central as we progress towards our launch in April 2018.

“I am delighted to welcome Mike, Sharon, David Kane, David Evans and Adam to LGPS Central. These appointments show that we are attracting serious talent into the pool. We have made fantastic progress during 2017 and will continue to do so in 2018 and beyond.”

Mike Vinton said: “I am delighted to be joining LGPS Central. Pooling is a new and innovative way for occupational pension funds to invest and I am excited to be part of the team that will deliver that.”

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