Buck makes new UK appointments

Buck, a consulting, technology and administration services firm specialising in pension and employee benefits, has made a range of new appointments in its retirement and consulting divisions.

Brian Fray joins Buck’s modelling team as a Senior Consultant. Previously Fray worked at Mercer, where he led the design, development and delivery of technical client-facing solutions in the defined benefit pensions market space. Part of Fray’s responsibilities will be to help with Buck’s continuing evolution of its risk management software, Stride, as well as its GMP equalisation solution, Square.
Sarah Brown joins Buck as a Principal and Senior Consulting Actuary having previously worked at XPS Pensions Group. Brown will develop solutions for schemes facing issues with the annual and lifetime allowance. Brown will also be supporting Buck’s response to shifts in regulations in scheme funding.
Carl Hitcham joins Buck as a Principle and Senior Investment Consultant having worked within the actuarial and investment consulting space for over 34 years. Hitcham has practical knowledge of the investment advisory and fiduciary management markets and will help guide Buck’s clients in their pension decisions.
Having most recently worked at Willis Towers Watson, Mark Alexander will join Buck as a Principle and Senior Consultant Actuary. Alexander will be working with a range of established clients, whilst also taking on the Senior Client Executive role for the Manchester office.
Roberta Burns will join as a Senior Consulting Actuary. She previously worked at Mercer as a member of the senior operations team. Burns will be responsible for risk management governance and professionalism. In her role, she will join Buck’s GMP equalisation team to implement the company’s standalone GMP equalisation solution, Square, across its client base.
Vishal Makkar, Head of Retirement at Buck in the UK, comments: “These new appointments strengthen key areas of Buck’s offerings and will allow us to continue providing our clients with the very best service. The pensions landscape is changing rapidly, and bringing in specialist talent will not only support our clients as they navigate challenges, but also expand our capabilities to continue to anticipate the evolving needs of our clients. We are confident that our new hires’ vast technical knowledge, combined with cutting-edge technology and innovative solutions, will enable our clients to deliver on their commitments to scheme members for many years to come.”