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Aon announces new UK partners

LONDON (12 September 2019) – Aon (NYSE:AON), a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, has said that results from the Global Pension Risk Survey 2019 show that UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes now have real clarity on their long-term targets, with the two outcomes of buyout or a strong form of self-sufficiency dominating.

Aon, (NYSE:AON) a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions, has announced the promotion of seven new UK-based partners to its global business.

The new partners are:

Lorraine Boucher
As pensions operations director, Lorraine Boucher is responsible for the delivery of service within Aon’s Pensions Administration team, this includes pensions administration, pension payroll, treasury, accounts, the service centre and project work from the firm’s three locations in Birmingham, Sheffield and Krakow.

Paul Crocker
Based in Birmingham and with over 20 years’ experience in the pensions industry, all of them with Aon, Paul Crocker is a senior client lead and scheme actuary. His responsibilities cover clients, people and business development. Those clients cover a broad range of industries and range in size from funds of £50 million to over £2 billion. He also leads the trustee advisory team in Aon’s Birmingham office.

Anthony Poole
Anthony Poole is responsible for McLagan’s European Asset Management business within Aon Reward Solutions. He advises all types of asset management organisations on compensation matters from pay levels through to incentive plan design and regulatory guidance. These organisations include diversified asset managers, hedge funds, private equity firms, real estate firms and pension funds.

Matthew Richardson
Based in Bristol, Matthew Richardson leads the office’s UK Retirement Corporate Consulting practice. He advises corporate clients on a wide variety of pension scheme issues and sits on the Corporate Consulting management team. He is also a member of Aon’s specialist UK Retirement M&A team, advising corporate and private equity clients on pensions and benefits matters during M&A transactions.

Martin Stark
Martin Stark leads Aon’s Trustee Retirement Consulting team in the firm’s Farnborough office. He has 20 years’ experience of actuarial and pensions consulting and is a scheme actuary and client relationship manager to a diverse portfolio of clients. Outside his own clients, he provides strategic advice on special projects, such as benefit rectification.

Matthew Ward
Matthew Ward is head of the Incentives Legal Team in Aon Rewards Solutions, a team of specialist legal professionals which focuses exclusively on the legal and technical aspects impacting equity (or cash) incentive plan design and operation. Matt’s team enables Aon to provide a fully integrated service from advisory through to implementation (including plan rule drafting and global law due diligence) and operational guidance.

Tom Yorath
Tom Yorath leads the advice to some of the UK’s largest pension scheme sponsors as well as a number of multinationals with funds totalling more than £50 billion. Based in the firm’s Epsom office, Tom heads up Aon’s GMP Equalisation team having acted as an expert witness in the Lloyds case during 2018. He is a regular commentator and speaker at industry events on this issue.

Michael Clare, head of Retirement & Investment EMEA, at Aon, said:
“It’s always a pleasure to announce our new partners. Our latest group reflects the breadth of our business, both in terms of the range of our work and advice and in the locations from which we operate. They have achieved much already for both our clients and the firm and I am confident that they will continue to excel.”

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About Aon

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.

Aon announced in May 2018 it will retire the business unit brands of Aon Benfield and Aon Risk Solutions, which follows the retirement of the Aon Hewitt business unit brand in 2017. This move was designed to increase the rate of innovation across the firm and make it easier for colleagues to work together to bring the best of Aon to clients. Aon has five specific global solution lines: Commercial Risk Solutions, Reinsurance Solutions, Retirement Solutions, Health Solutions and Data & Analytic Services.

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