State Street Global Advisors, Amundi, Investment Association, Universities Superannuation Scheme, JP Morgan Cazenove, Aviva Investors, Morgan Stanley, Blake Morgan, Olswang, Capital Bay, Conwert DeutschlandState Street Global Advisors – Peter Brackett has been appointed UK head of consultant relations. He joins from Amundi, where he was head of global consultant relations. Before then, he was responsible for building the UK institutional business for American Century Investments. Previously, he was co-head of global consultant relations at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and he has also held investment consulting roles at Aon Investments and Towers Watson.Investment Association (IA) – Helena Morrissey, chair of the UK asset management association, will be stepping down from her role in the summer of 2017, when her three-year tenure comes to an end, an IA spokesman has confirmed. A new chair will be announced in due course, he told IPE. Morrissey left her role as chief executive at Newton Investment Management in August, becoming chair of the non-executive board of directors.Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) – The UK’s largest pension fund has created the role of head of research with the aim of improving its in-house equity investment process as part of a shift towards a more concentrated, “high-conviction” portfolio. Peter Elwin was appointed to the role, having started on 31 October. He joins from JP Morgan Cazenove, where he accumulated more than 19 years’ experience in equity research, valuation and accounting. He was most recently deputy head of European research. Aviva Investors – Ricky Varaden has been appointed as a portfolio manager on the liability-driven investment team. He joins from Morgan Stanley, where he worked on the interest rate strategist team. Before then, he worked for the Royal Bank of Scotland.Blake Morgan – The Pensions Team has appointed Ron Burgess as a partner. He joins from Olswang, where he advised corporates, trustees and insolvency practitioners on a full range of pension-related matters.Capital Bay – Rolf Schneider has been appointed COO. He joins from Conwert Deutschland, where he was responsible for all German business activities of listed Austrian company Conwert Immobilien Invest SE as managing director until the end of March.