Threadneedle has appointed two new senior investment specialists. Francis Ellison joins the European equities team while Douglas Cairns will focus on Asia Pacific and emerging market equities. Both Ellison and Cairns will report to Angus Scrace, head of global consultants and investment specialists at Threadneedle. Ellison, who joins from SEI, has over 20 years of distribution and fund management experience. Cairns has 15 years’ experience, 12 of them spent at Schroders.