Ellandi, the specialist retail and town centre asset manager has confirmed the appointment of David Payling as their chief operating officer.
Payling joined Ellandi in May 2021 as interim head of finance, with a track record as a highly experienced chartered accountant in senior roles at Deloitte, as well as Deputy CEO and CFO of a social enterprise microfinance business in Zambia.
Most recently, he spent over four years at FTSE 250 wealth manager Brewin Dolphin.
As COO he will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, implementing a business-wide strategy, and continuing to foster a corporate culture that supports Ellandi’s vision to create the UK’s most sustainable and inclusive communities.
On his appointment, Payling said: “Taking on the role of COO at any time is an incredible opportunity; to do so in a period of intense and rapid change within the sector makes the opportunity even more thrilling.
“After eight months with Ellandi I’m confident that we are extremely well-positioned to take advantage of the profound reshaping of the retail landscape that we are experiencing. Ensuring that we have the right structures and focus to seize and maximise these opportunities is an exciting challenge that I am delighted to be leading.”
Morgan Garfield, Ellandi’s managing director and co-founder, added: “Having known David for a very long time, I am delighted that he joined Ellandi in 2021 and is now taking on a senior leadership role as COO.
“David brings valuable experience and expertise from leading financial services and accountancy firms but also shares our passion for creating social change across the UK. David will be instrumental as our business operations and team grow over the next year and beyond. This is another exciting step on Ellandi’s journey.”