KPMG’s pensions practice has announced three senior hires in its Investment Advisory team as the firm sets up an investment advisory practice in Bristol in response to strong demand from clients.
The investment advisory practice will advise clients – including pension schemes and other long term investors – on strategically investing their assets. These appointments are the initial hires, with further recruitment planned and include:
· George Fowler, Partner, will focus on larger pension schemes across the UK, having joined from Mercer. This brings the total number of Partners in the investment team to four.
· Paula Champion, Director, will focus on mid-sized schemes along the M4 corridor while also supporting KPMG’s Birmingham-based pensions business. Paula previously worked at Mercer.
· Matt Flower, UK Sales Leader, will focus on business development at a national level and also previously worked at Mercer.
Andrew Coles, Partner and UK Head of Pensions at KPMG said: “We have seen significant growth in the size of our team and revenues in the past year. These senior appointments of well-known and highly respected advisers will add to our already strong capability in providing investment advisory services to pension scheme trustees, corporates and other long term investors. It means that we have the right calibre of people and expertise to help trustees navigate the complex world of pensions, particularly at a time when high quality and independent investment advice is required.
“We see huge potential as we continue with our growth plans to secure new appointments across a range of pensions issues as we embrace technology to help companies and trustees deliver good pension outcomes in an efficient manner."
Nick Evans, Partner in Investment Advisory said: “I’m delighted to welcome the new members to the team who will increase our senior firepower and presence in the market. The CMA review and proposed remedies will mean that demand for strong independent investment advice will continue, in particular from pension fund trustees.
“We are one of the leading providers of investment advisory services in the UK and these hires will ensure that we are well placed to meet the increasing demand for our services. Whether it is traditional trustee advisor, helping clients monitor fiduciary management services or advising other long term asset holders such as charities and ultra-high net worth investors, we can offer a full range of investment advisory services.”
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