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PwC adds five to pensions team

The consultancy firm said it had hired Steven Dicker as a partner from Goldman Sachs. Prior to this he spent over a decade as a pensions partner with Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson).

Dicker has advised on a number of significant risk reduction transactions including the first £1bn-plus buy-in for the Cable & Wireless Superannuation Fund and the first ever pension scheme longevity swap for Babcock.

In addition, PwC has hired Karein Davie and Nadeem Ladha from Hymans Robertson, Amanda Vaughan from Towers Watson and Finlay Stewart from Aon Hewitt.

Davie has been hired as a actuary and senior manager and will advise on scheme funding, liability management and benefit design; Ladha becomes a corporate pensions consultant and will specialise in pension risk management with particular emphasis on the financial and utilities sectors; and Vaughan has been appointed as a communications manager and will advise on pension scheme communications and member engagement.

Stewart joins as a manager and will provide a range of corporate pensions consulting services.

Head of pensions Raj Mody (pictured) said the hires would help the firm meet strong demand for increasingly sophisticated ways of dealing with pensions risk - the "priority issue" for many of its clients.

He added: "Our pipeline suggests that there will be a number of major developments and transactions in the pensions risk market over the coming months."