Pensions and financial services consultancy Hymans Robertson has promoted three partners to the role of equity partner and nine others to partner.
The promotions mark the largest partner intake for the London-headquartered consultancy in almost 100 years history.
Commenting on the range of promotions across the firm, senior partner John Dickson said: "Our strength lies in our diversity and depth of expertise and I'm thrilled to see this reflected in each of our promotions to partner and equity partner, with representation from our more traditional TPA and LGPS businesses to our newer digital services."
Dickson added each appointment "further emphasises our commitment to and confidence in the long-term future" of Hymans Robertson, despite the uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"The partnership structure at Hymans Robertson lies at the very heart of our identity and each of my colleagues has demonstrated their real strength and suitability for leadership," he said. "It's excellent to see this recognised in their promotions."
The new equity partners at Hymans Robertson are:
Anthony Ellis, head of investment
Ellis joined Hymans Robertson in 2009 as an investment consultant and is based in the firm's Birmingham office. He has led the firm's investment consulting since 2018 and works across the firm's core markets and diversifying areas.
Catherine McFadyen, head of LGPS
McFadyen leads the firm's Local Government Pension Scheme business and has been with Hymans Robertson since 2003. Catherine provides strategic advice to some of the largest LGPS funds in England and Scotland.
Gill Tait, people director
Gill joined Hymans Robertson in 1996 and has been the firm's people director for the majority of that time. Throughout this time Gill has worked build a sustainable business through the strength of employee engagement and cohesion of the partnership.
The new non-equity partners are:
Clive Moorhead, head of digital engineering
Moorhead joined Hymans Robertson in 2014 and leads the firm's digital engineering team from Hymans Robertson's Edinburgh office, where he focuses on nurturing efficiencies and excellence through software and model systems development.
Elaine Torry, co-head of defined benefit investment
Torry joined the firm in 2007 as an actuarial trainee before moving into the investment team. As co-Head of trustee defined benefit (DB) investment, she is focussed on helping clients build investment strategies.
Gary Evans, head of TPA
Evans joined the consultancy in 2018 and leads the firm's third-party administration (TPA) business. He also sits on the board of the Pensions Administration Standards Association.
Heather Meighan, head of strategic client relationships
Meighan joined Hymans Robertson in 2014 and her Glasgow-based role focuses on delivering value to some of the firm's largest clients, as well as supporting the distribution of its growing digital propositions.
Laura Andrikopoulos, head of governance
Andrikopoulos leads the consultancy's governance consulting services for private-sector DB and defined contribution (DC) schemes. She is also an elected member of the global constituency of the IFoA Council and additionally sits on the Life-long Learning Board and Pensions Board.
Mike Ambery, head of provider relations
Ambery spearheads the firm's engagement with master trust providers within its DC consulting business.
Richard Allen, head of propositions, investment services
Allen leads Hymans Robertson's diversified market areas and is particularly focused on growing the firm's presence in the retail advisory market. He joined Hymans Robertson in 2014 and is based in its Edinburgh office.
Ross Fleming, co-head of DB investment
Fleming is based in the consultancy's Glasgow office and provides investment advice to trustees and employers of DB schemes and is responsible for leading the development of the firm's strategy within the firm's pensions business.
Steven Law, actuary
Law joined Hymans Robertson 16 years ago and has advised LGPS funds and employers in the wider public sector throughout that time.
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