Brunel names new CIO

Brunel Pension Partnership Limited (Brunel) has named David Vickers as its new Chief Investment Officer. 

Vickers is currently Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA at Russell Investments, a position he has held since 2013. At Russell, he managed a team responsible for GBP12 billion in AUM across both DB and DC pension schemes.

Prior to that, Vickers was a Partner at Sarasin & Partners, where he worked as a multi-asset manager once again. He had previously worked as Investment Manager at Baring Asset Management.

Vickers' considerable experience and expertise in multi-asset investing makes him a particularly good fit for Brunel, which has already launched a number of listed market and private market funds.

His experience leading an investment team is another key strength. Brunel has experienced teams across listed markets, private markets and responsible investment. As CIO, David will have overall responsibility for these teams.

Vickers has significant experience in responsible investment, having provided a bespoke ESG overlay for many of the funds he managed at Sarasin & Partners. Brunel’s reputation in this area is particularly strong – the partnership was named Pension Fund of the Year by the Sustainable Investment Awards run by Environmental Finance earlier this year.

Laura Chappell, CEO, Brunel, says: “David is the ideal candidate to lead our high-performing investment team into Brunel’s next phase, as we approach completion of our fund launches. His experience with several major investment houses, as well as his multi-asset acumen, make him a great fit. Just as importantly, he shares our commitment to investing for a world worth living in.”

Vickers says: "Having worked in asset management for all my career, I’m looking forward to working within the framework of an asset owner, and alongside Brunel’s LGPS partners, building not just on the impressive investment performance, but also on the market-leading commitment towards integrating sustainable principles in the stewardship of its capital.”

Vickers will begin in his role in the New Year.

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