People: Wesleyan appoints investment specialist to board; Communications firm hires Birmingham City Council; and more

Wesleyan, the financial services mutual specializing in doctors, dentists and teachers, has appointed Rita Bajaj to its board of directors.

Bajaj has over 30 years of experience working in global investment markets, including leading investment teams at Royal London and Invesco Perpetual. She has also managed global and US equity vehicles for several major US investment institutions.

Her most recent executive position was as Chief Administrative Officer (EMEA) of State Street Corporation, a US custodian bank. Previously, she worked at the Financial Conduct Authority where she managed the supervision of major UK asset management firms and depositaries.

Wesleyan President Nathan Moss said, “We are thrilled to have Rita on the Wesleyan team. She strengthens our Board of Directors by bringing a deep understanding of governance and investment management and the integration of sustainability principles. This will be invaluable as we develop our sustainable investment proposition.

“We also want to learn from Rita’s experience working towards greater inclusion in the industry, as we want to make rapid progress in our goal of being a more inclusive employer.”

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BECG has hired Tristan Chatfield, former Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources at Birmingham City Council, as Account Manager at its Birmingham office.

Tristan joins the public affairs communications consultancy team, led by Adam Farrell, to support Second City’s political ambition to create a “golden decade of growth” – like the Commonwealth Games, HS2, the Smithfield program of 1 £.9 billion, Paradise and the Digbeth development are all underway.

BECG Director for the North and Midlands, Kevin Whitmore, said: “Tristan joining our team is hugely exciting. His many years of heavy responsibility for the socio-economic growth of the region, both at local government and corporate level, reinforces the value of the strategic advice we offer to our clients. At BECG we work with a range of developers looking to be part of Birmingham’s growing success story, Tristan joins our team of awesome communicators to support this important work.

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Affordable housing specialist Living Space has made three appointments to expand the internal team ahead of a number of new site start-ups.

Nikita Chavda joins the team as design and planning coordinator, Katharine Lawrance has been brought in as assistant land manager, while Christina Haycock joins as administrator.

Paul Breen, Managing Director of Living Space, said: “It’s great to welcome Nikita, Kat and Chris to the team at this time. With four of our affordable housing developments nearing completion, preparations are underway for several new site start-ups, planning applications and land acquisitions. These three new positions have been planned to strengthen two key departments within the business and provide support at all levels, with Chris being recruited as an administrator.

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