Ian Smith and Sarah Steel join pensions advisory Hymans Robertson

15 August 2016 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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Hymans Robertson has added two new professionals to its ranks: Ian Smith and Sarah Steel. Smith joins the firm from eValue IS, Steel transfers from Aon Hewitt – both new joiners boost Hymans Robertson’s sales team. 

With around 750 professionals Hymans Robertson, founded in 1921, is one of the UK’s largest independent actuarial firms. The London-headquartered consultancy supports clients – FTSE 100, FTSE 250, privately owned firms and financial institutions – with a range of actuarial, investment consulting, enterprise risk management, third-party pensions administration and management consulting services.

In the past months Hymans Robertson has bolstered its sales team with two experienced hires. Ian Smith joined the firm as head of distribution from eValue IS where he was head of institutional sales. In his new role, Smith will be responsible for developing sales of the firm’s Guided Outcomes (GO) technology within the HR marketplace (the tool helps HR departments and trustees with, among others, retirement and pensions planning for employees). “As we continue to develop the growth in sales of our GO technology, particularly into the HR market, Ian’s knowledge will be a valuable asset to our business”, comments Paul Waters, Partner and head of Guided Outcomes at Hymans Robertson. 

Reflecting on his move, Smith says he is delighted to have joined Hymans Robertson, adding that he believes the firm has, over the years, developed a reputation for being at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions for the pensions market.

Ian Smith and Sarah Steel join pensions advisory Hymans Robertson

Sarah Steel has been appointed as a Senior New Business Consultant. She joins the business advisory from rival Aon Hewitt – the HR consultancy unit of professional services giant Aon – where she was Sales Director for the firm’s Employee Benefits Business. At Hymans Robertson, Steel’s role will stretch across both the Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC) markets, where she will focus on creating and developing relationships with both trustees and pension sponsors to advise them on any of their pension needs.

“I am really excited to join the team at Hymans Robertson. The firm’s straightforward and friendly approach to partnering with clients makes Hymans Robertson an excellent company to promote and be a part of”, comments Steel on her move. James Verner, Commercial Director at Hymans Robertson, adds “I am delighted to welcome Sarah on board, she will be an excellent addition to the business development team here at Hymans Robertson. Her considerable experience across both the DB and DC markets make her a valuable asset to the firm as we continue to grow our position amongst both Trustee and Reward markets”.

Earlier this year Hymans Robertson promoted seven advisors to Partner level, with five of the batch being female.