Barnett Waddingham and Hymans Robertson add senior consultants

21 October 2016 3 min. read

Pensions, insurance and benefits consultancies Barnett Waddingham and Hymans Robertson have added experienced consultants to their team. Jagdeep Lall joins Barnett Waddingham, while Hymans Robertson has hired Beenesh Googoolye and Ritchie Thomson, both poached from rival Lane Clark & Peacock.

Jagdeep Lall joins Barnett Waddingham as a general insurance consultant and will be advising clients of all sizes on a range of actuarial issues, including the Solvency II regime. He is a part qualified actuary who has worked in general insurance for more than 13 years. Before joining Barnett Waddingham, a consultancy with over 830 staff in 7 locations around the UK, Lall worked at the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) as a GI Senior Supervisor for almost two years. Prior to that, he worked in actuarial roles at a Lloyd’s syndicate and a UK personal lines insurer.

Commenting on his move, Lall says, “I am joining Barnett Waddingham’s growing general insurance team at a time of significant change and I look forward to utilising my mixed experience to help the firm continue to grow and develop.”

Scott Eason, Head of Insurance consulting at Barnett Waddingham, adds: “Jagdeep’s wealth of technical and regulatory knowledge will be invaluable to our clients as they continue to embed Solvency II and deal with Brexit. His considerable experience and expertise are valuable assets to the team, which will help to build our presence in the general insurance marketplace.”

In August Barnett Waddingham added two senior members to its consulting team – Liam Mayne and Mark Wood – while in the summer the consultancy promoted 3 to partner and 15 to associate level.

Barnett Waddingham and Hymans Robertson add senior consultants

In a similar move, Hymans Robertson, founded in 1921, has added two new senior hires. Beenesh Googoolye and Ritchie Thomson have both moved over from Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP), and have been named a Senior Investment Consultant and Associate Consultant respectively in the firm’s investment consulting practice.

Googoolye previously spent ten years at LCP, and brings extensive consulting experience across both Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC) investment to Hymans Robertson’s London hub. He specialises in de-risking investment strategies, diversification and fixed income. While at LCP, Thomson specialised in providing investment advice across a wide range of DB schemes and insurance firms. He will, from the firm’s Edinburgh office, continue to focus on providing DB investment advice to a range of Scottish and regional clients.

John Walbaum, Head of Investment Consultancy at Hymans Robertson, says he is delighted with the latest joiners, stating that it underlines the firm’s commitment to providing pension schemes with the highest quality advice. Reflecting on the firm’s controversial decision to poach senior advisers from a direct competitor, Walbaum says “Our independence means we can do the right thing by clients, and our rigorous and innovative approach enables us to continue attracting high calibre candidates from rival firms and cementing our position as leaders in investment.”

Earlier this year Hymans Robertson added Ian Smith and Sarah Steel to its pensions advisory and promoted seven advisers to partner level.