Hymans Robertson makes 8 partner appointments across the firm

18 May 2017 Consultancy.uk 3 min. read
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Pensions and benefits consultancy Hymans Robertson has announced eight new senior appointments at both equity member and partner level. Calum Cooper, Jon Hatchett and Shireen Anisuddin have been promoted to equity members of the consultancy, while five new professionals have joined the firm’s partner ranks.

Calum Cooper joined Hymans Robertson in 2003 as a graduate trainee and now heads up the firm’s Trustee consulting service. Based in Glasgow, Cooper advises sponsors and trustees on pension strategy and risk management. He has gained experience from both the trustee and sponsor perspective, across a number of schemes ranging from £20 million to over £3 billion.

In 2006, Jon Hatchett joined Hymans Robertson after pursuing a career in academia. Now, as Head of Corporate Consulting he advises corporate entities on pension issues such as long-term strategy and led the development of the firm’s at-retirement education and engagement programmes. Alongside this, Hatchett sits on the Board of Examiners for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and has also authored a number of research papers.

With over 16 years’ experience, Shireen Anisuddin joined the consulting firm in 2009 and she is now Head of Clients. Advising both trustees and companies across a broad range of pensions related issues, Anisuddin is especially experienced at building commercial partnerships with mutual outcomes. Having previously been a Trustee for a number of Schemes she has developed a solid understanding of the issues they face.

Meanwhile, five advisors have been promoted to partner level, with four of the five new leaders being female:

Calum Cooper, Jon Hatchett, Shireen Anisuddin, Amanda Switzer, David Walker, Emma Cameron, Laura McLaren, Tracy Weller

Amanda Switzer joined Hymans Robertson as a graduate in 2003.  She currently advises a portfolio of trustee and corporate clients where her roles include Scheme Actuary and DC Consultant. In addition to her client commitments, Switzer is People Leader for the Glasgow Actuarial and Benefits practice.

David Walker started working for Hymans Robertson as a summer student while at University and after graduating, over 15 years ago, he joined the firm as an investment analyst. Since then he has qualified as an actuary, become a senior investment consultant, taken on the role of Head of LGPS Investments and is also part of the Research Oversight Group.

Emma Cameron joined Hymans Robertson’s investment practice in 2012. She is a client facing consultant advising a number of private sector trustee clients. In addition to her client commitments, Cameron holds a variety of people and practice leadership responsibilities.

Laura McLaren has worked at Hymans Robertson for over 12 years having joined in 2004 as an actuarial trainee. She works as a scheme actuary and client director with several private sector trustee clients.

Tracy Weller has spent nearly 25 years in the pensions industry, mostly in Third Party Administration (TPA). She joined Hymans Robertson in April 2015 taking on the reigns as TPA Practice Leader a year later. Over her career Weller has carried out a broad range of roles from pensions payroll administrator through to project and operations management and consultancy.   

Commenting on the new partners, John Dickson, senior partner at Hymans Robertson said: “These appointments are excellent news for the firm, bringing a fresh injection of talent, energy and ability to our senior team. Each of the members has already made a rich contribution to the success of the firm since they joined and all display a breadth of qualities and experience that will greatly benefit our business over the coming years. They are proven leaders and will be a vital part of leading the firm.”