UK Property Group Assura Names New Finance Head – New York Times

(Reuters) – Assura Plc, an investor and developer of primary care properties, named Jayne Cottam as chief financial officer, filling a position that fell vacant earlier this year after then finance chief Jonathan Murphy became CEO.

Cottam currently heads the operational finance team at one of the UK’s largest private national housing developers and would join before October-end, the group, which develops and manages primary care medical centres across the UK, said.

“Cottam’s appointment relieves some of the added responsibility which Jonathan Murphy has borne over the past six months and her background provides some complementary expertise to Assura’s business,” Liberum analyst Kieran Lee said.

Murphy has juggled responsibility for a while, having been interim CEO since last October. He was permanently given the top role in February, at which point Assura said it had begun searching for a new finance head.

Cottam was also previously director of finance for the continental division of scrap metal company European Metal Recycling Ltd.

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