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Grant Thornton strengthens pensions advisory team with two new hires

...but excess still needs to be addressed

Leading business and financial adviser Grant Thornton UK LLP has strengthened its pensions advisory team, with the appointment of Ramona Jones and Zoe O'Donnell, who both join the firm with immediate effect.

Ramona joins Grant Thornton having started her career in operational risk consulting, where she worked within the European corporate insurance sector to assess and mitigate business risks. She then moved on to transaction services, where she specialised in commercial due diligence in the context of private equity and corporate acquisitions. Before joining Grant Thornton, Ramona founded and ran Ocean Knowledge Services, a consultancy specialising in strategic research and analysis within the finance and insurance sectors. She will be based in the firm's Finsbury Square office in London.

Zoe joins the team having previously worked as an actuary for various pension consultancies including AON Hewitt and Thomson Dickson Consulting, specialising in trustee and corporate scheme funding advice, de-risking projects, pension scheme accounting disclosures and PPF levy mitigation. She will be based between Grant Thornton's offices in Bothwell Street in Glasgow. and Finsbury Square in London.

Commenting on the appointment, Darren Mason, Head of Pensions Advisory at Grant Thornton UK LLP, said: "Ramona and Zoe join our growing team at an exciting time for us, as our pension advisory unit has expanded impressively over the past 12 months. Our expertise in pensions is now very wide-ranging, with Ramona and Zoe's excellent technical knowledge and experience adding additional depth to the team."

Ramona Jones added: “I am delighted to be joining Grant Thornton at an exciting time. Grant Thornton truly understands that new and proactive solutions are needed in today's changing pensions landscape, and I look forward to working with the team to provide innovative solutions for trustees and sponsors."

Zoe O'Donnell concluded: “Trustees and sponsors understand better than ever the source and scale of their pension risks; whether on an on-going basis or part of any corporate activity or restructuring. They need the most suitable combination of solutions to mitigate these. I look forward to working with the team here to help meet these ever-evolving challenges."