Three qualified actuaries were among a group of seven members of the Hymans Robertson team to be promoted to partner last week.
They include Mark Jaffray, who qualified as an actuary in 1998. He joined Hymans Robertson's Glasgow office as an investment consultant and specialises in providing advice to defined contribution pension schemes.
In particular, his work includes helping clients who are preparing to implement auto-enrolment schemes.
Barry McKay qualified as an actuary in 2006. He first joined Hymans Robertson in 1996 and, after a brief break travelling, rejoined the company in 2005. He works as an actuary in the firm's public sector team and most recently has been heavily involved in helping clients to deal with public sector pension reform. He is also helping to develop the consultancy's online presence.
Calum Cooper qualified as an actuary in 2007, joining Hymans Robertson in 2003 as an actuarial trainee. He is now a scheme actuary working out of the firm's Glasgow office. As lead consultant for a range of private sector pension schemes, he works with companies and trustees to help them develop risk management strategies.
He specialises in funding strategy, flexible income drawdown, benefit flexibility and risk management opportunities.
The other newly-appointed partners include Lee Hollingworth, who joined the company as head of DC consulting in 2008, and Kim McCormick, who is deputy practice manager for third party administration.
Finance and operations director Nick Pope has also been promoted to partner, and so has head of coaching and development, Monica Smith.
Ronnie Bowie, senior partner at Hymans Robertson, welcomed the appointments, which take the number of partners at the firm to 63.
'We are proud and delighted to congratulate each of our new partners in this important achievement. Not only do they add to our pool of talent but they embrace and enhance our commitment to independence of thought and ownership,' he said.
In particular, Mr Bowie highlighted the diverse expertise of those promoted, which he said would be vital in the future.
'Volatile markets, increasing longevity, auto enrolment, public sector pensions reform, changes to State benefits and a new regulatory environment represent a formidable set of challenges. Our new partners, along with our established partners, are committed to helping our clients meet these challenges successfully and to a consistently high standard.'