Aon has announced the promotion of seven of its UK retirement, asset management and reward team to partner.
The new partners are Lorraine Boucher, Paul Crocker, Anthony Poole, Matthew Richardson, Martin Stark, Matthew Ward and Tom Yorath.
As pensions operations director, Boucher is responsible for the delivery of service within Aon's pensions administration team. This includes pensions administration, pension payroll, treasury, accounts, the service centre and project work from the firm's three locations in Birmingham, Sheffield and Krakow.
Paul Crocker is a senior client lead and scheme actuary. He is based in Aon's Birmingham office and his responsibilities cover clients, people and business development. Those clients cover a broad range of industries and range in size from funds of £50m to over £2bn. He also leads the trustee advisory team in Aon's Birmingham office.
Anthony Poole is responsible for McLagan's European Asset Management business within Aon Reward Solutions. He advises all types of asset management organisations on compensation matters from pay levels through to incentive plan design and regulatory guidance. These organisations include diversified asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, real estate firms and pension funds.
Based in Bristol, Matthew Richardson leads the office's corporate consulting practice. He advises corporate clients on a wide variety of pension scheme issues and sits on the corporate consulting management team. He is also a member of Aon's specialist UK retirement M&A team, advising corporate and private equity clients on pensions and benefits matters during M&A transactions.
Martin Stark leads Aon's trustee retirement consulting team in the firm's Farnborough office. He has 20 years' experience of actuarial and pensions consulting and is a scheme actuary and client relationship manager to a diverse portfolio of clients. Outside his own clients, he provides strategic advice on special projects, such as benefit rectification.
Matthew Ward is head of the incentives legal team at Aon Rewards Solutions, a team of specialist legal professionals which focuses exclusively on the legal and technical aspects impacting equity (or cash) incentive plan design and operation. Matt's team helps Aon to provide a integrated service from advisory through to implementation, including plan rule drafting, global law due diligence and operational guidance.
Tom Yorath leads the advice to some of the UK's largest pension scheme sponsors as well as a number of multinationals with funds totalling more than £50bn. Based in the firm's Epsom office, Tom heads up Aon's GMP equalisation team and acted as an expert witness in the Lloyds case during 2018. He is a regular commentator and speaker at industry events on this issue.
Aon EMEA head of retirement and investment Michael Clare commented on the appointments. He said: "It's always a pleasure to announce our new partners. Our latest group reflects the breadth of our business, both in terms of the range of our work and advice and in the locations from which we operate. They have achieved much already for both our clients and the firm and I am confident that they will continue to excel."
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