Mercer hires Robert Evans from Buck Consultants at Xerox

11 April 2016

Mercer has picked up UK pensions scheme expert Robert Evans, who joins from Buck Consultants. In his new role as Principal, Evans will advise the firm’s Retirement business clients around UK pensions schemes, support the development of the pensions policy landscape in the UK and interpret legislative issues for trustee and corporate clients.

Prior to joining Mercer, Robert Evans worked for Buck Consultants at Xerox* as a Principal. In the role, he held seven scheme actuary appointments (scheme sizes ranging from £20 million to £500 million), providing business-as-usual advice as well as solving technical issues for clients. Previously, between 2004 and 2011, he was a Senior Consulting Actuary at the firm. Earlier roles include Actuarial student at Mercer, for almost two years, and Actuarial Assistant at Towers Perrin (nowadays Willis Towers Watson), where he started his career in 1998. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from University of Leeds. 

Robert Evans - Principal

Mercer recently announced the appointment of Evans. He joins the firm as Principal in its Retirement business as well as taking up a role in its Innovation, Policy and Research team. In his new role, in the retirements practice, Evans is responsible for advising corporates and trustees on matters pertaining to UK pension schemes. Evans’s role within the Innovation, Policy and Research team will see his more than 15 years of experience call upon to support the development of the pensions policy landscape in the UK, and interprets legislative issues for trustee and corporate clients.

Commenting on the new appointment, Tony Pugh, Mercer’s London Retirement Consulting Leader says “The UK pension market continues to evolve and our clients require us to work with them to solve their problems - weighing up each individual situation to achieve the right solution. Robert’s track record in doing this makes him an ideal fit for Mercer.”

Evans says “I’ve joined Mercer at an exciting time in an industry which is currently characterised by innovation.  Mercer continues to demonstrate its strength in this area with the UK release of Mercer Pension Risk Exchange in 2015 and SmartDB.”

* Buck Consultants was added to Xerox's human resource outsourcing services group following its 2010 purchase of Buck's former parent company, Affiliated Computer Services. In July 2014 Buck Consultants rebranded as ‘Buck Consultants at Xerox’ to reflect Xerox brand unity.

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Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

23 April 2019

Sergio Cardoso, Matt Maltz, Jessica Patel, Marc Roberts and Nick Warner have been appointed as partners at Grant Thornton. With the company undergoing a year of transition under new leadership, the new members will help consolidate the firm’s offering as it looks to reach new levels of growth in 2019.

2019 sees Grant Thornton’s UK wing undergoing a process of transformation. As the group looks to ensure its teams “provide the right level of support for profitable growth” and create an environment that “makes it easier for our people to do great work”, the firm has announced a succession of senior appointments across its regional divisions.

In February, this saw Chris Petts and James Bulloss named Partner and Director in the North East and Yorkshire respectively. Now, the UK’s sixth-largest auditing and consulting firm has confirmed the installation of a further five Partners across its UK team.

Sergio Cardoso is a long-standing Grant Thornton employee, having joined from Daniel Auerbach & Company – where he was an Accountant – in 2005. Cardoso rose steadily through the ranks since then, taking up his most recent role as Audit and Assurance Director in 2015. In that role, he focused on dynamic, fast-growing and entrepreneurial private companies, as well as multinational and AIM-listed groups. He now takes up the position of Partner in Grant Thornton’s audit practice.

Grant Thornton UK appoints five new Partners

Nick Warner has been appointed as a partner in Grant Thornton’s VAT team based in London. Bringing more than 20 years of experience in tax to the role, Warner joins the firm from Moore Stephens, where he most recently was VAT Partner, during a five-year stay with the firm. Prior to that, Warner was a Partner in VAT at BDO and PKF UK. He also spent five years at HMRC as a Higher Executive Officer.

Matt Maltz is the first of three Partner appointments in Grant Thornton’s real estate tax division. A former EY Partner in real estate tax, Maltz spent 17 years with the Big Four firm. In his new position with Grant Thornton, he will tackle similar client areas, as a Partner in real estate tax.

Jessica Patel has also been promoted as a Partner in the firm’s real estate tax practice, having been with the firm for more than 15 years. Patel joined Grant Thornton as a trainee in 2003. She is a licensed member of both the Association of Tax Technicians and the Chartered Institute of Taxation. As a Partner, Patel will advise a wide variety of clients ranging from UK property investors and developers to overseas investors and property funds.

Marc Roberts is another Big Four alumnus to join Grant Thornton as a Partner. Roberts exited EY to take up his new position, having been an Associate Partner and real estate advisory lead at the company. With more than 25 years of experience in the financial services sector, Roberts also formerly held a Directorship and headed the corporate finance real estate advisory team at fellow Big Four firm PwC.