Pensions consultancy Hymans Robertson adds four new partners

14 May 2018 3 min. read
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Pensions and risk consulting firm Hymans Robertson has appointed four new partners. The promotions of Karen Brolly, Alec Day, Andrew Johnston and Ryan Markham take the firm’s partner count to 79.

Hymans Robertson is one of the oldest actuarial firms in the UK, having been founded in 1921. The firm, which approaches its centenary in two years, delivers a range of services including actuarial, investment consulting, enterprise risk management, third-party pensions administration and communications consulting to a client base including FTSE 100, FTSE 250, privately owned firms and financial institutions.

As Britain’s collective £2.8 trillion pension pot faces the approaching challenge of an ageing population reaching retirement age, Hymans Robertson is working to position itself for a boom in demand. The same time last year, this saw the firm elevate eight members of its team to the role of partner. Calum Cooper, Jon Hatchett and Shireen Anisuddin were promoted to equity members of the consultancy, while five new professionals also joined the firm’s partner ranks.

Following on from that, in May 2018, Hymans Robertson has promoted a further four consultants to its partner team. The promotions have come from a number of different areas within the firm including Life and Financial Services and Defined Benefit lifting the number of partners at the firm to almost 80.

Karen Brolly, Alec Day, Andrew Johnston and Ryan Markham

Karen Brolly has been promoted to become a partner following 10 years of service at Hymans Robertson, having previously worked with rivals AXA and Santander. As Head of Products within the Life and Financial Services practice, Brolly is responsible for the product development, pricing and strategy projects that the firm delivers for life insurance and financial services clients.

Alec Day, a former employee of Mercer in London and Sydney, meanwhile arrived at Hymans Robertson in 2014, and has since worked as an Associate Practice Leader within the firm’s Actuarial and Benefits practice. Day is also a Scheme Actuary, advising trustee and corporate clients on a range of issues.

Andrew Johnston joined the firm’s investment practice in 2009 and advises a range of private and public sector clients. These include two of the LGPS pools, as well as overseeing a £2 billion pensioner buy-out. Having previously worked in asset management at the firm, he is now a senior investment consultant and client director at Hymans Robertson.

Ryan Markham, the final member of the four to become a partner, joined Hymans Robertson three years ago, and provides a broad range of advice to both our trustee and corporate clients. He leads the firm’s member options team, spending large amounts of his time helping clients to develop effective strategies for supporting their members navigate their choices at retirement. Before becoming a member of the Hymans Robertson team, Markham spent a number of years at Big Four firms Deloitte, KPMG and with Buck Consultants.

Commenting on the appointments John Dickson, Senior Partner at Hymans Robertson said, “Each of our new partners has demonstrated their real strength and suitability for leadership and I’m thrilled to see this recognised in their promotion to Partner. These appointments also illustrate the scale and breadth of expertise that exists within Hymans Robertson and I’m incredibly proud of the talent that we have across all areas of the firm. As we continue to grow and diversify, the quality and ability of our people will be paramount and Karen, Alec, Andrew and Ryan illustrate this perfectly.”