Sanderson fills GPE finance post

Nick Sanderson will join Great Portland Estates next month as finance director, replacing Timon Drakesmith, who has joined Hammerson. Sanderson was previously head of real estate corporate finance at Deloitte.

Varandas moves to Aberdeen

Aberdeen Asset Management has appointed Roberto Varandas to the new role of head of business development. He will head a team of four that will act as a bridge between Aberdeen’s wider international distribution teams and the property business. Varandas, who previously had a similar role at UBS Global Asset Management, will start in September.

Beckett quits Chatham Financial

Mark Beckett has left Chatham Financial’s London office, where he had specialised in advising clients on hedging debt.

Wainbridge recruits finance head

Graham Langlay-Smith has been appointed chief financial officer at Wainbridge, the UK private equity real estate firm launched last year by Rob Rackind and Edouard Fernandez, with backing from Russian investors. Langlay-Smith was previously a director of Credit Suisse’s DLJ Real Estate Capital Partners.

INREV adds Rupp to team

Jeff Rupp has joined non-listed real estate funds’ body INREV as public affairs director. INREV plans to open an office in Brussels as part of its drive to lobby the European Commission on regulatory issues. Rupp, a lawyer, will also oversee INREV’s professional standards portfolio, which includes topics such as corporate governance, reporting, due diligence, secondary markets and liquidity, and sustainability.