I am a Senior Trustee Consultant. I have a number of ongoing schemes, but a higher proportion of my portfolio is working on Pension Protection Fund (PPF) schemes. They can be very challenging, but are very interesting at the same time, as no two schemes are ever the same.
I used to work in an Opticians. It was my first ever job… And yes, we got free glasses! I still go to that same opticians 26 years after I left. I wouldn’t mind, but it’s 23 miles away… That’s loyalty for you!
I love running and cycling… They help me keep fit! I also enjoy spending time with my family, which usually involves going out for meals, trips to the park, waterparks, funfairs, and holidays!
I almost signed for Barcelona. Well I went on the Nou Camp tour for my 40th birthday! I was never a Messi fan though, I always preferred Cristiano Ronaldo; I watched his first ever match at Old Trafford… United!
My career highlight? There’s been a few! Including getting my Accredited Member of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (AMAPPT) qualification, and completing my first ever Buy-Out.
Prawns in oyster sauce is my takeaway go-to. We have a good local Cantonese restaurant called Pacifica Cantonese. There’s also another good one in Worsley called Tung Fong!
There are more diverse roles within pensions. That’s how I’d say the industry has changed. There’s more importance on good governance and the covenant of the employer. Not forgetting the setting up of the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS), the PPF to protect members benefits, and the introduction of The Pensions Regulator.
I’m hosting a celebratory dinner party. My three guests would be Bob Mortimer, Paul Whitehouse and Ricky Gervais. I love comedy and they would be the perfect guests to humour me for the night.
Travis are amazing live. They were the last gig I went to. I’ve also seen Richard Ashcroft recently, and also have tickets for Ace, Idlewild, Placebo and Starsailor coming up.
Work hard and believe in yourself. That would be my advice to my younger self starting out.
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