Smith moves in as head of platform

Godfrey Blight has been appointed as a director of Crown Mortgage Management.

Man Group has welcomed Neil Mason as senior managing director and lead portfolio manager of its multi-strategy portfolios.

Phil Collins will become fund manager responsible for managing multi-asset portfolios at Sarasin & Partners.

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BDO LLP has made Stuart Deacon restructuring M&A partner within its business restructuring team.

The Institute of Trading and Portfolio Management has recruited ex-Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch trader Christopher Cathey as a senior trading mentor with effect from November 2013.

SuMi Trust, the international arm of Japan’s largest asset manager Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Group, has appointed Hiroki Moritani and Shin Sawada as directors of the London-based international sales team.

Non-executive chairman Jim Martin is to retire from the board of AJ Bell. He will be succeeded by Les Platts, currently senior non-executive director.

Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management has appointed Chris Albert as head of wealth planning for its UK business.

Colin Betts and Nathalie Claeys have joined Skandia as specialists for its road wealth planning team.

PwC has appointed Simon Marriott as director and Algernon Kent as senior manager to its real estate practice and asset management team.