Barnett Waddingham appoints seven Partners across the UK

17 June 2019 4 min. read
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Actuarial consulting firm Barnett Waddingham has confirmed the appointment of seven new Partners across its UK practice. The news accompanies a host of other promotions, including 28 Associates and 42 Principals.

Founded in 1989, Barnett Waddingham has since grown to become the UK’s largest independent provider of actuarial, administration and consultancy services. The firm employs more than 1,200 people across eight UK offices and serves a wide range of clients in both the private and public sectors.

As was the case last year, it has chosen the Summer to bolster its partnership with a raft of promotions across its UK operations.

On June 1, Barnett Waddingham appointed seven new Partners. The news comes as a direct result of Barnett Waddingham’s continued growth, which it intends to put to use investing in its people across a breadth of services and locations to ensure the firm continues to meet client demand.

Barnett Waddingham appoints seven Partners across the UK

Andy Parker becomes a Partner, having worked with a number of corporate and trustee clients to design, review and refine their DC and wider savings arrangements to be fit for the demands of today’s multi-generational workforces. He looks to maximise the value for the plan sponsor and trustee and the financial wellbeing of members.

Barry McKay is an experienced Fund Actuary to a number of Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) clients. His remit includes developing strategies for Barnett Waddingham’s Public Sector Consulting Practice, identifying the needs of the LGPS market and developing innovative solutions, ensuring the firm delivers an excellent service to clients and support funds in achieving their objectives as the LGPS continues to evolve.

Chris Hawley is a Scheme Actuary to a number of clients and advises a range of UK businesses on defined benefit pension issues including risk reduction exercises, scheme funding, insurance transactions and accounting disclosures. With particular expertise of Non-Associated Multi-Employer Schemes (NAMES), he heads up Barnett Waddingham’s services to employers who participate in NAMES, a number of which are in the charity and not-for profit sector.

John Lawton is a pensions actuary with 20 years’ experience working with trustees and employers to manage their defined benefit pension plans. He has worked with a mixture of private and publically owned companies, with varying covenant strengths and risk attitudes. Pragmatic outcomes, which trustees and employers can agree and build on, are his priority. 

Julia Turney is responsible for the development of the firm's online wealth and benefits delivery proposition Me2 and how it is taken to the market. She specialises in workplace strategies and a flexible approach to benefit management and delivery. Within her area of expertise Julia is involved in formulating workplace savings and benefit strategies for clients, in particular how they are delivered and communicated to employees.

Nasir Shah supports a wide range of general (re)insurance companies across a variety of areas. Shah has expertise in capital modelling, internal model validation, reserving, risk management, model use with visualisation, Solvency II, IFRS and process transformation projects. He also led the development of a product built to facilitate internal model communications.

Sonia Kataora specialises in providing advice on all aspects of pension investment for DC schemes, including investment strategy reviews, investment manager selection and performance monitoring. As Head of DC Investment at Barnett Waddingham, she conducts investment strategy research and development aimed at improving the standards of DC governance, encouraging member engagement and designing robust investment solutions.

The seven Partners have been promoted alongside 28 Associates, while a further 42 existing Associates have been recognised for their continued contribution to the firm with the title of Principal this year. Commenting on the news, Nick Salter, a Senior Partner at Barnett Waddingham, said the swathe of appointments will enable the firm to deliver the best possible outcomes for its clients moving forward. 

He added, “As Barnett Waddingham reaches the 30-year mark, our people are still at the heart of what we do in helping clients to solve their complex challenges… We have created an environment where ‘doing the right thing’ is central to everything we do and as one of the few genuinely independent consultancies we have the freedom to think freely about various challenges and provide clients with impartial advice… All of our Partners are full equity owners and the introduction of seven new Partners ensures that our genuine independence continues.”