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PwC strengthens pensions advisory team with director promotions

PwC has announced six new director promotions within its pensions advisory practice.

Simon Bourke, Stuart Bradbury, Caroline Curran, Keira-Marie Ramnath, Rick Watts and Terry Wharton were promoted to their new roles in July.

As a senior member of the firm’s pensions management consulting practice, Bourke works with many of the largest funds in the UK, across both the private and public sectors, focusing on delivering operational excellence and outstanding member experiences. He advises and supports pension funds through complex operational change and transformation.

Bradbury advises companies across the North of England on their pensions strategy and leads PwC’s national team of member options specialists, providing greater flexibility to pension scheme members while helping companies manage the cost and risk of their pension schemes.

Based in Manchester, Curran leads PwC’s pensions legal team in the North. Having joined PwC in 2015 from Eversheds, Caroline has built a reputation for providing pragmatic, solution-driven legal advice which complements PwC’s wider pensions services.

Ramnath is head of fiduciary management oversight. She developed PwC’s approach to evaluating fiduciary managers and has built a business focused on breaking down information barriers and improving trustee engagement in the market.

Leading PwC’s pensions advisory team in the South West and Wales, Watts provides advice to companies on all aspects of their pension arrangements. He jointly leads the firm’s national audit of pensions network that audits the liabilities in financial states and prepares pension accounting disclosures for non-audit clients.

Wharton supports businesses and pension trustees with all aspects of pension change and improvement, including reducing risk, managing costs and designing bespoke funding solutions. Based in the North East, he works with a wide range of businesses across the UK and overseas.

The promotions follow the appointment of Swapnil Katkar as a director. Katkar previously headed corporate pension solutions at Citi focusing on UK and Western European clients. He specialises in helping clients with pensions strategy and solutions around risk management, buyouts, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and funding.

Jeremy May, head of UK pension advisory at PwC, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate the newly promoted directors and welcome Swapnil to the team. These promotions and new appointments demonstrate our continued commitment to helping sponsors and schemes take a holistic and affordable approach to secure pension benefits.

“The demand among clients for innovative, technology-driven pension solutions is constantly growing and I look forward to continuing to develop our business so we can meet those needs.”

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