Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM) has expanded its institutional team in UK with the appointment of Alex Wharton as a manager in the UK institutional business development team and Fred McNeill, as a manager in the UK consultant relationships team.

Based in London, Wharton will support UK pension funds and other institutional investors to develop more durable portfolios in order to meet long-term investment goals and will report directly to Euan MacLaren, director of UK institutional business development, according to Investment Europe.

In his new role, McNeill will ensure that the investment consultant community receive all the information they need on NGAM’s underlying affiliate investment managers and will report directly from London to Lucy Johnstone, director, consultant relationships.

Wharton most recently served as business development manager at Capita Employee Benefits, where he was a responsible for the development of investment consultancy services to UK occupational pension schemes. Earlier to this, he worked at Financial Times Group as head of business development, institutional asset management division for 10 years.

Prior to joining Natixis, McNeill served as manager for its institutional business team at Neptune Investment Management. Prior to this, he also worked for UBS Global Asset Management.

Additionally, Laura Devoucoux has been appointed as manager, consultant relationships. In her new role, she will also report to Lucy Johnstone.

The new hires will expand NGAM’s UK institutional team in London, which currently has a headcount of over 40.

Terry Mellish, head of UK and Ireland institutional business and global consultant relationships, said: "These appointments reflect our continued commitment in helping UK institutional investors build more durable portfolios in today’s markets. We look forward to drawing on their industry experience for the benefit of our UK clients and our business generally."