F&C has appointed Nick Ford as director, US smaller companies. Ford was previously co-manager of the Gartmore US Smaller Companies fund. He joins F&C on August 15 and will report to Robert Siddles, director, head of US smaller companies. They will jointly manage the F&C US Smaller Companies fund. Ford will also co-manage the F&C Smaller Companies investment trust and the F&C US Small Cap Sicav.