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Andy Nichols

Andy Nichols is a consultant in the retirement practice in our Leeds office, having joined the firm in 2001.

Andy is the head of Aon Hewitt's Trustee Training team and provides training to new and experienced trustees as well as part of the Trustee Knowledge and Understanding requirement set out by the Pensions Regulator.

Andy specialises in advising trustees of regulated pension schemes, with 13 years of experience in that area. He currently provides advice on and leads the actuarial support staff for three such schemes where he is a key point of contact for the pensions departments and leads the relationship with the administrators.

James Burke

James Burke is a consultant in Aon Hewitt's Integrated Pensions practice, having joined the organisation in 2001. James qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2005 and currently works at our Leeds office.

James is a Scheme Actuary to a number of small clients and provides support service to senior actuaries on a number of small to medium sized schemes. His primary focus is on servicing Trustee clients, where he assists in relation to scheme funding, factors and anything else his clients require. James also advises corporate clients in relation to his specialism in salary sacrifice.

James was previously head of Aon Hewitt's Trustee Training team and continues to provide training to new and experienced trustees.

William Brimley

William Brimley is a senior consultant and actuary, based in the Integrated Pensions team in St Albans, and has been with Aon Hewitt for over twelve years.

William is a Client Relationship Manager, Scheme Actuary and Lead Consultant on a number of clients providing actuarial and consultancy advice to Trustees with schemes that range in size from £30m to £1.2b.

Alongside his trustee advice role, William has been a secretary to the trustees for over seven years on one client, and has been on part-time secondment to a client's in-house pensions team for a couple of years. This variety of roles gives William a broad insight into many varied aspects of pensions schemes.

Chris McWilliam

Chris McWilliam has been with Aon for 8 years. Chris is an experienced consultant with 24 years' pension consulting experience. He specialises in providing advice around DC pension schemes to a range of corporate clients including both companies and trustees and expertise includes implementing and managing the ongoing governance of DC pension arrangements; pension scheme wind-ups; designing & implementing employee benefits programmes; employee communications; project management; business development and executive advice.

Stuart Flack

Stuart Flack is an actuary at Aon Hewitt. He joined the organisation in 1996 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2001. He has a BSc in Mathematics with Statistics from Nottingham University and an MSc in Statistics from Kent University.

Stuart is a consultant within Aon Hewitt's Retirement practice based in Epsom. He is a Scheme Actuary and advises a portfolio of clients on issues such as benefit design, valuations, acquisitions and disposals, and accounting for pension costs.

Damien Reed

Damien is a consultant within Aon Hewitt's Investment Practice. He joined Aon Hewitt in January 2004 and has worked in investment and pensions for over 15 years. Damien is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

Damien is involved with advising defined benefit pension fund clients on all aspects of their investment requirements, such as: investment objectives; investment strategy; manager structures; asset transfers; manager selections and monitoring of investment arrangements. Damien is lead consultant on four clients ranging from £70m to £300m and is a senior member on teams advising three of Aon Hewitt's largest clients, with assets ranging from £2 billion to £17 billion. Damien's additional responsibilities include overseeing the compliance function for the London investment practice and managing Aon Hewitt's trustee training programme on investment.

Outside work Damien is a keen walker and can often be found walking on the hills of Dartmoor.

Michael Tyrer

Mike joined Bacon and Woodrow, now part of Aon Hewitt, from Oxford University in 1986, and qualified as an actuary in 1990. His primary role is as a trustee adviser in Aon Hewitt's Trustee Advisory Group, where he advises a range of large and small clients. His clients include Unilever, HJ Heinz and the Labour Party.

He has also developed Aon Hewitt's technical and professional standards, designed Aon Hewitt's standard valuation material, and formulated Aon Hewitt's viewpoint on Government pensions policy consultations and other key topical issues.

Philip Coomber

Phil is a senior consultant and actuary at Aon Hewitt and has worked for the organisation since 2000. His main role is as a member of Aon Hewitt's Technical Support and Research team, which carries out analysis of legislative and regulatory changes in order that consultants can advise clients on the latest developments in the pensions world. He is one of the firm's experts on PPF issues, including valuations and levy mitigation work.

He also supports the Scheme Actuary on a couple of trustee clients, advising on a range of issues including valuations, factors and long-term objectives.

Shromi Jeyakumar

Shromi Jeyakumar is a Consultant based in the Integrated Pensions team in Epsom and has been with Aon Hewitt for almost ten years. Shromi works on a diverse portfolio of clients, including a mixture of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension schemes, all receiving a multi-service offering from Aon Hewitt.

Chintan Gandhi

Chintan has worked for Aon Hewitt since 2008, joining having studied Industrial Economics with Insurance at Nottingham University. He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2013.

Based in the Epsom office, and sitting with the Trustee Advisory Retirement team, Chintan's existing client portfolio comprises schemes ranging in size from approximately £100m to £15bn, and he advises on all aspects of their pension arrangements including scheme funding and negotiations, long term de-risking strategies, pensions taxation, and risk settlement. He primarily provides support to other Scheme Actuaries in the firm's Retirement and Investment Business, and also leads the advice to provide one of his client's global directors' pension disclosures.

In addition to his client-facing role, Chintan chairs the Association of Consulting Actuaries' (ACA) Younger Members' Group, sits on the ACA's PR Committee, and volunteers for the UK actuarial profession by sitting on its Public Policy Virtual Review Group. Chintan was also named as one of the 'Top 30 Under 30' actuaries in an industry awards publication in 2013, and in 2016 was awarded the International ACA's Geoffrey Heywood Young Consulting High Achievement Award, which recognises a young consulting actuary who has provided significant services to the public and the actuarial profession.

Outside of work, Chintan is married with a young daughter. A keen motoring enthusiastic, he enjoys go-karting, as well as playing football and squash – but, above all, spending time with his family.

Amarjit Pannu

Amarjit is an investment consultant and joined the Aon Hewitt's London Investment Practice in June 2009. After graduating from The University of Birmingham with a law honours degree in 1995, Amarjit qualified as a financial advisor. He then spent 10 years working in the pensions departments of GlaxoSmithKline, Prudential and the University of London, covering all aspects of pensions administration and investments.

Amarjit works within the client team in advising defined benefit pension fund clients on such aspects as setting suitable investment objectives, investment strategy, asset allocation, fund manager selections, asset transfers and monitoring of investment arrangements. In addition to Amarjit's involvement in the trustee training programme he has also been involved in overseeing Aon Hewitt's graduate training programme covering investment topics.

Emma Aitken

Emma Aitken is a Consultant and Actuary in Bristol as part of the Integrated Pensions team. She joined Aon in 2011 and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 2014. Emma's time is predominantly spent advising Trustees on their pension schemes, which also includes working with other departments within Aon Hewitt in order to provide a complete service package.

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