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Battersby and Ballantine retire after long service at GAD

Eddy Battersby and Grant Ballantine, two of the longest-serving staff at the Government Actuary’s Department (GAD), have announced their retirements.

After a career spanning 32 years, technical director Eddy Battersby retired at the end of March. He joined GAD from University in 1978, being appointed technical director in 2009, having previously led one of the teams at GAD providing advice to large occupational pension schemes both public and private sector and in the UK and overseas - including Mauritius and the Falkland Isles.

Battersby was a strong supporter of the not for profit, public sector ethos at GAD as well as "the strong collectiveness and team spirit across the Department, attracting as it does friendly but motivated staff who are dedicated to servicing its unique mix of clients."

Trevor Llanwarne, the Government Actuary, said, "Eddy has been a loyal servant of GAD over many years, making an invaluable contributing to the growth and success of the Department. We all wish him a happy, and no doubt active, retirement."

After a distinguished career that started in the 1960s, Grant Ballantine also retired at the end of March.

Ballantine’s career started at Scottish Widows (where he qualified as an actuary in 1968), before joining GAD in 1973. For a substantial part of his time at GAD, Ballantine led the teams of actuaries providing all of GAD’s actuarial advice on UK occupational pension schemes, both in the public sector and private sectors.

He also spent time on overseas work, including the provision of advice to the Russian authorities following the fall of Communism and, in 2000-2001, helping to establish pension provision in Kosovo following the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Reflecting on his time at GAD, Ballantine said, "I have always believed that my job at GAD was a job well worth doing, not least in the ever-present context of protecting the interests of the UK taxpayer".

Trevor Llanwarne commented, "Grant has been an invaluable member of the GAD team over many years, serving as a role model for loyal public service. Grant’s retirement is a landmark event at GAD and we wish him a long and happy retirement. "