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Adrian Kennett

Director

Dalriada Trustees

Adrian is a Director of Dalriada Trustees and head of our ongoing Trusteeship practice. During his 24 years in the pensions industry he has been appointed to some of the most challenging Trusteeship cases, led teams of over 60 actuarial, administration and consulting staff, overseen some of the largest scheme buy-ins and buy-outs, and overseen the wind-up of over 200 schemes.

A Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, his wider experience includes benefit rectification, debt compromise and scheme restructuring, scheme mergers and the implementation of complex investment strategies.

He sits as both Trustee Chair and a Member of the Board of Trustee on appointments ranging from those with liabilities of less than £10 million to those with liabilities of approximately £1 billion.

In his spare time he balances his family with training for triathlons. His two young daughters are probably both going to be better triathletes than he will ever be.

 

Mitul Magudia

Head of Business Development

Pension Insurance Corporation

Mitul heads the Business Development division at Pension Insurance Corporation with responsibility for new transactions. Mitul, a qualified actuary, joined PIC at its outset, 11 years ago, and has been instrumental in building the business from a start-up insurer to a market leader in the bulk annuity sector with over £25bn of assets.
During that time, PIC has completed over 150 transactions and Mitul has led a number of high profile cases including the largest full buyout of a UK pension scheme, the £2.4bn settlement of the Philips UK Pension Fund and the second largest pensioner buy-in, the £1.7bn Total Pension Scheme transaction. He has also been involved in a number of innovative and pioneering transactions with a range of different organisations including FTSE100 companies, multinationals, charities and quasi-public sector groups.

Anna Rogers

Senior Partner

ARC Pensions Law

Anna is a pension lawyer advising clients who operate or sponsor defined benefit pension schemes. In recent years her work has focused on various stages of the journey to settlement, such as bulk purchase annuity transactions, benefit audits and specifications, remedial action, incentive exercises, partial termination, participating employer reconciliations, as well as funding and security negotiations including contingent assets and asset-backed contribution structures. She is currently engaged in governance, compliance and liability management exercises of various kinds, including GMP conversion.
Anna is the Senior Partner and a founder member of ARC Pensions Law. She was Chairman of the Association of Pension Lawyers 2013-2015.

Tom Seecharan

Head of Pension Insurance

KPMG

Tom is a Director in KPMG's Pensions team in London. He leads KPMG in the UK's 20 strong specialist pensions insurance team which has experience of helping clients in more than 230 insurance transactions of a range of sizes from £1 million to more than £2 billion with a combined total of more than £27 billion of liabilities.
Tom has over 17 years' experience as a consultant and pensions actuary advising assessing and managing pensions risk, with a particular emphasis on pensions risk transfer.
Before specialising in bulk annuities since 2011, Tom worked for a number of years in KPMG's Pensions M&A advisory team in the UK and Germany giving strategic advice to buyers and sellers on how to manage and appropriately price pensions risk in corporate transaction situations.
Prior to joining KPMG, Tom started his career in 2001 with Mercer. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has a degree in Econometrics from the University of York.
Tom is authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide broking and suitability advice for pension scheme buy-ins, buy-outs and longevity swaps.

Chairperson

Jonathan Stapleton

Editor

Professional Pensions

Jonathan is editor-in-chief of Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB).

He started work as a journalist on the capital markets magazine ‘Central European' in 2000 before joining an internet start-up ii-Q.com, a pensions news service.

Jonathan joined Professional Pensions in July 2001 and has been there, barring a nine month sabbatical in 2004, ever since. He launched PP Online in 2006, became deputy editor of Professional Pensions in 2008, editor in 2009, launched WSB in 2012 and became editor-in-chief of both brands in 2014.

Jonathan has won a number of awards throughout his career - most recently the Society of Pension Professionals' Journalist of the Year Award 2014 and the Investment Association's Trade Journalist of the Year Award 2015 - and is holder of the Pension Management Institute's Retirement Provision Certificate.

Outside of pensions, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his young son and is becoming increasingly addicted to US box sets on his commute to and from the West Sussex coast.