I am a chartered accountant and an insolvency practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in corporate transactions and restructuring. I head up our pensions advisory practice having led over 200 assignments following legislation governing the stronger funding of defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, advising on the impact for trustees, companies funding the schemes and their lenders.
The assignments I've been involved in include those where there have been changes in the sponsor covenant as the result of a transaction, clearance applications, employer covenant in SSF valuations, contingent asset solutions, covenant monitoring and restructuring involving scheme sponsors. Many of these assignments have included groups with overseas ownership including listed companies in France, Germany, the US, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. In 2005 I led the team from Grant Thornton that designed and implemented the Pensions Regulator's approach and intervention strategy to under-funded DB pension schemes and their associated employers.
Outside of work, I am married with two children. I am particularly interested in films, food and wine, and enjoy sport, particularly golf (playing) and rugby (watching).