Articles - Seven new partners strengthen Hymans Robertson

Seven new partners strengthen Hymans Robertson to deal with new challenges in the pensions industry

 Hymans Robertson, the UK's leading independent pensions and benefits experts, has announced the promotion of seven members of its team to Partner. The total number of Partners at the consultancy now stands at 63.
 Welcoming the latest appointments, Ronnie Bowie, Senior Partner, Hymans Robertson said: "Once again we are able to recognise the rich seam of talent which has been a critical element of our success over the last few years. We are proud and delighted to congratulate each of our new partners in this important achievement. Not only do they add to our pool of talent but they embrace and enhance our commitment to independence of thought and ownership.
 We are particularly delighted at the diversity among this year`s group. As we look at the challenges of the next 12 months and beyond, our clients will need this even broader and deeper pool of talent. Volatile markets, increasing longevity, auto enrolment, public sector pensions reform, changes to State benefits and a new regulatory environment represent a formidable set of challenges. Our new partners, along with our established partners, are committed to helping our clients meet these challenges successfully and to a consistently high standard."
 The new partners at Hymans Robertson are as follows:
 Lee Hollingworth - Lee joined Hymans Robertson as Head of DC Consulting in 2008, having previously held similar roles at other firms. As one of the country's leading experts on auto-enrolment, Lee has helped several large companies to prepare for its introduction over the past 12 months. Receiving the 'Auto-enrolment Adviser of the Year' award at the UK Pensions Awards 2012 is recognition of the leading edge work Lee and the team are delivering for clients in this area.
 Mark Jaffray - Mark joined as an investment consultant in Hymans Robertson's Glasgow office and specialises in providing advice to DC schemes. Mark has been working closely with Lee Hollingworth to help clients who are preparing for the implementation of auto-enrolment schemes and is widely respected as an expert on defined contribution.
 Barry McKay - Barry first joined Hymans Robertson in 1996 and, after a brief break travelling, rejoined the team in 2005. He is an actuary in our public sector team and most recently has been heavily involved in helping clients to deal with pension reform in the public sector. He is also helping to develop Hymans Robertson's online offerings.
 Calum Cooper - Calum joined the firm in 2003 as an actuarial trainee and is now a Scheme Actuary based in our Glasgow office. Calum is lead consultant for a range of private sector schemes, working with both companies and trustees to help them develop risk management strategies. He specialises in funding strategy, flexible income drawdown, benefit flexibility and risk management opportunities.
 Kim McCormick - Kim is Deputy Practice Manager for third party administration, taking responsibility for operational management of the practice. Kim is part of the Pensions Administration Standards Association's (PASA) governance committee, representing Hymans Robertson and working with others in the industry to help drive up standards in pension scheme administration.
 Monica Smith - Monica arrived at Hymans having spent 10 years in the health sector and five years in consulting and is now our Head of Coaching and Development. Monica works with consultants across the firm, supporting our commitment to investing in the best people and developing leading edge development programmes.
 Nick Pope - Nick is an accountant with over 20 years' experience in the financial services sector. He joined Hymans Robertson in August 2010, attracted by our distinctive culture, the quality of our people and our client service ethos. As Finance and Operations Director, Nick oversees our Finance, IT, Legal & Risk and Facilities teams ensuring that our infrastructure is ideally placed to take the firm forward in the future.
 Vijay Krishnaswamy, Partner and Head of Enterprise Risk Management, and Andy Green, Partner in our investment practice also joined the firm during the last 12 months, contributing to the broadening and deepening of our talent pool.

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