Hymans Robertson has appointed seven new partners, taking the total number of partners at the financial advisory consultancy to 76. The new partners work across the firm’s operating groups, with five of the seven being female.
Founded in 1921, Hymans Robertson is with around 750 employees one of the largest actuarial firms in the UK. The firm supports clients (FTSE 100, FTSE 250, privately owned firms and financial institutions) with a range of financial advisory and HR consulting services, including actuarial, investment consulting, enterprise risk management, third-party pensions administration and communications consulting.
Over the past months the firm has seen growth across its four offices in the UK (London, Glasgow, Birmingham and Edinburgh), and, on the back of the development, seven experienced advisors and actuaries have been promoted to the role of partner. An overview of the new partners:
Emma McWilliam joined the firm in 2014 and helps lead the Life Insurance consulting team. A senior consulting actuary with 20 years’ experience, she previously worked at both Milliman and Ernst & Young in London, New York and Zurich. McWilliam chairs the Financial Reporting Practitioner Committee of the industry trade body Investment and Life Assurance Group, and is also published Editor of the book 'Longevity Risk' by RiskBooks.
Susan McIIvogue advises trustees and companies on the risks in their Defined Benefit (DB) pension schemes, working with schemes with assets ranging from £50 million to over £1.5 billion. She joined Hymans Robertson in 2014 from Mercer and has over 19 years' experience.
Julie Macdonald is a senior investment consultant and joined in November 2008, having previously worked as an Investment Consultant for Aon in Edinburgh. Julie started her career with the WM Company in Edinburgh before spending over 12 years in London working for Legal & General Investment Management, Barclays Global Investors and Schroders in various fund/transition management and business development roles. In addition to leading the management of the Investment Practice, Julie advises a small number of private sector pension schemes.
John Taylor is Head of Hymans Robertson’s Guided Outcomes solution. He began his working life as an actuary in the life insurance industry and has spent most of his 20 year career developing savings products and marketing them to customers. Taylor has held senior roles at a variety of product providers, most recently as Managing Director at NEST.
Rachel Myatt joined Hymans Robertson in 2003 from Towers Perrin (nowadays Willis Towers Watson). She advises corporate and trustee clients with DB schemes, and has experience in both the public and private sector. Myatt also leads the firm’s student support network.
Karen Fraser is Head of Finance at Hymans Robertson. She joined the firm in 2005 from Carrick Care Homes and plays a key role in the firm’s financial as well as commercial operations.
Ross Evans is Head of Asset Liability Modelling and is also a member of the Life Insurance consulting leadership team. A qualified actuary, his previous role was in investment banking, where he spent five years as a Director of RBS's asset liability management advisory team.
Commenting on the appointments Ronnie Bowie, Senior Partner at Hymans Robertson, says: “Our new partners all have demonstrated leadership in evolving and delivering the firm’s strategy of creating more certain financial futures for our clients and their customers and members. Each brings something different and the business benefits from the variety of experience and thinking they have shown.”