Insurance for pension schemes: UK Pensions Masterclass series

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Our second webcast in the Pensions Masterclass series focuses on pinpointing the unique value-add for pension schemes and sponsors in an insurance transaction.

Our panel will explore the intricacies and subtleties behind evaluating insurance solutions, such as buy-ins and buy-outs. They will also discuss how to assess the quality and long-term security offered by insurers.

We will also provide a market update.



Dan Diggins

Ernst & Young LLP (UK)

Dan Diggins is a Senior Manager in the European Actuarial Service practice. He is a qualified actuary who joined EY in December 2007. Dan has had extensive transactional experience at EY, including: buy-side pre-diligence, due diligence, sell-side activity, working capital assessments, covenant reviews and activity relating to listing requirements. Dan also has extensive risk-based capital knowledge and led the review of the Individual Capital Assessment (ICA) for one of the largest UK Life insurers. Dan has also led EY’s ICA survey.

Vicky Paramour

Ernst & Young LLP (UK)

Vicky Paramour is a senior manager in the UK Pensions Advisory team, bases in the London office. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (2004) and holds a Scheme Actuary certificate. She has more than over 14 years’ experience in providing advice to employers and trustees on the design, finance and administration of occupational pension schemes, with a particular focus on engaging with companies and trustees on pension scheme risk management and cost control measures.

Andrew Stoker

Ernst & Young LLP (UK)

Andrew Stoker is a partner in our Risk & Actuarial Advisory Services practice, based in the London office. He has more than twenty years’ experience in the life and pensions industry both in industry and as a consultant.

His experience and skills include: Longevity risk management and pension scheme de-risking; M&A and capital restructuring; Regulatory and realistic financial reporting including Solvency II, MCEV and IFRS.

As a consultant, Andrew has advised companies on product and distribution strategy, and led a number of Independent Expert projects on UK companies focussing on risk and solvency management. He has also acted as the Reviewing Actuary on the audit of a number insurers.


Iain Brown

Ernst & Young LLP (UK)

Iain is a Partner focussing on the actuarial and investment strategy challenges faced by trustees and sponsors of UK pension schemes. He has advised both trustees and sponsors, and believes that funding and investment solutions should be crafted on the back of trustee and sponsor alignment.

He sees insurance as being the ultimate investment solution for schemes who wish to de-risk albeit appreciating that cost consideration can defer decision-making. His experience would also lead him to conclude that insurance solutions need proper due diligence to understand what the levers behind pricing are and also to appreciate the security and infrastructure offered by the insurer.