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Meet the team

Martin Bird FIA - Head of Risk Settlement

Martin Bird is a senior partner and head of Aon’s Risk Settlement Group. Martin has a broad range of experience working with clients to analyse longevity risk and successfully execute bulk annuity and longevity hedging solutions. He has led a number of the industry’s largest deals, including the BMW, Rolls Royce and BAE Systems longevity hedges, placed over £15bn of longevity hedging in relation to insurance back-books and recently led the £900M LV= asset/longevity deal.


+44 (0)20 7086 9027

Dominic Grimley FIA FPMI

Dominic is no stranger to the world of bulk annuities, having managed a wide variety of these transactions since the late 1990s. His experience includes bespoke deals to transfer additional risk upfront, programmes of multiple buyouts and accelerated transfers to support corporate requirements. He also shares his expertise across Aon by leading on services that make annuity purchases easier, such as due diligence exercises to compare insurers and pre-negotiated contracts.


+44 (0)121 262 5094

Tim Gordon FIA

Tim is a partner in our Risk Settlement Group, having joined Aon in 1997. He leads our longevity modelling and advisory team, which provides the mortality analysis and risk advice to support all our risk transfer transaction advice. Tim’s clients include insurers and reinsurers as well as pension plans.

Tim is currently the chairman of the CMI Mortality Projections Committee, which produces the standard mortality projections (eg, CMI_2017) for the UK actuarial profession.


+44 (0)1372 733 000

Michael Walker FIA

Michael brings over 15 years of pensions experience to his role as senior risk settlement advisor. He advises on both bulk annuities and longevity swaps ranging from £2m to £1bn+.

His knowledge spans both sides of the de-risking fence, having previously led one of Legal & General’s pension risk transfer pricing teams, initially for UK transactions and expanding out to US group annuities.


+44 (0)1372 733 027

John Baines FIA

Head of bulk annuities, John advises on integration of bulk annuities within wider de-risking strategies. His notable experience includes leading on some of the most high-profile transactions of recent years, including the Kingfisher, Pilkington and Ferguson (formerly Wolseley) bulk annuity transactions.


+44 (0)121 262 6944

Tom Scott FIA

With wide-ranging settlement experience, Tom has advised on buy-in and buyout deals ranging from £50m to £1bn as well as longevity swaps. His latest longevity swap project is a £2bn deal that transacted in the first quarter of 2018.


+44 (0)121 262 5073

Hannah Cook FIA

A talented risk settlement adviser, Hannah’s broad experience includes advising on longevity swaps, reinsurance treaties and bulk annuity transactions. She is authorised to advise on all types of transaction and has completed transactions for diverse clients, covering over £12bn of liabilities in the last five years.


+44 (0)20 7086 8115

Mike Edwards

Mike Edwards joined us in March 2018 and brings additional risk settlement expertise to the team.

Mike has over 14 years’ experience in the pensions and insurance industry, specialising in risk settlement solutions. Prior to joining Aon, Mike held senior roles in the bulk annuity businesses at Scottish Widows and Legal & General. Most recently, Mike led the new business team at Scottish Widows overseeing the structuring and completion of over £2.5bn buy-in and buyout transactions and was responsible for developing and maintaining all new business processes since their entry to the market in 2015. At Legal & General he was responsible for managing the bulk annuity product range and developed a range of new solutions which were integral to the implementation of insurance for over £3bn of pension scheme liabilities.

Mike spent the first nine years of his career as a consultant advising trustees and corporate sponsors on a variety of pension risk management issues including member options exercises, scheme funding, benefit change and accounting.


+44 (0)20 7086 0437

Karen Gainsford

Karen is a settlement adviser with broad experience across the market on bulk annuity transactions (both medically underwritten and traditional).

Bringing skill and understanding to every transaction, Karen is authorised to advise on bulk annuity transactions and has worked with a range of clients with transaction sizes varying from £10m to £1.6bn.


+44 (0)20 7086 9071

Tiziana Perrella

Tiziana brings extensive experience in bulk annuity transactions and scheme wind-ups, both solvent and insolvent. Since 2008, she has been working exclusively in the risk settlement area and has been the lead adviser on over 100 buy-ins and buyouts with 10 different insurers.


+44 (0)161 687 2014

Phil Curtis

Phil expertly divides his time between acting as operations lead for the Risk Settlement Group and a consultant and project manager for bulk annuity transactions. A full time member of RSG since 2014, he has successfully guided risk transfers for cases ranging from £10m to £1bn+.


+44 (0)20 7522 8276

Matt Fletcher

Matt Fletcher is a longevity specialist with more than 15 years’ experience advising pension plans and the insurance sector. He provides analysis and advice on longevity and other demographic risks in the UK and overseas, including Canada and the Netherlands. Matt also chairs the Continuous Mortality Investigation’s (CMI) Self-Administered Pension Schemes Committee which is responsible for producing the Actuarial Profession’s industry-standard mortality tables for pensioners.


+44 (0)1727 888 208



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