SEI appoints Defined Contribution Client Director

SEI has appointed Nicola (Nicky) Benstead Client Director of Defined Contribution (DC) for SEI’s UK Institutional Group. Benstead will be responsible for relationship management with SEI’s DC clients within the Master Trust.


Benstead brings extensive experience in the DC market to SEI, including client management and consulting roles. Most recently, she was head of Client Relations at Aegon, where she covered over 13,000 clients and more than GBP20 billion in assets under management. Prior to that, she served as head of DC Clients at BlackRock and as a senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson.

Benstead says: “As the DC market becomes ever more competitive, I’m excited to join a client-focused company and team, where the values reflect that client needs matter, and innovation and collaboration are encouraged.”
Steve Charlton, Managing Director of Defined Contribution, EMEA and Asia, says: “Nicky’s appointment comes at a particularly exciting time as we’ve significantly enhanced our SEI Master Trust client offering over the past year. Her background and expertise in effective relationship management will help us maximise the use of new technologies designed to both support members and improve their retirement outcomes. We’re thrilled to add her to our growing team.”