John is an Accredited Professional Trustee (AMAPPT) who has been available through Capital Cranfield since September 2021.

John is currently the Lead Trustee via Capital Cranfield for twelve pension schemes, ranging from under £5m to over £500m in asset size and an Alternate Trustee for a multi-billion pound pension scheme. Within his portfolio, John acts as the Lead Professional Corporate Sole Trustee, the Chair of the Trustee Board and also a co-Trustee and the pension schemes include the full range of DB and DC issues.

Prior to becoming a Professional Trustee, John was a Partner and Actuary at Mercer for 27 years responsible for both the strategic advice on pension schemes ranging from £7m to £7bn and Mercer’s overall delivery of services to many household name companies. In addition, he ran Mercer’s successful actuarial team in the Midlands and South-West region for 5 years.

John’s roles as a Professional Trustee, and previously as Scheme Actuary and corporate adviser, have given him a deep understanding of the perspectives of both the Trustee and the Company. He has successfully led Trustee Boards and Companies through strategic initiatives including pensioner buy-ins, full scheme buy-outs, liability management exercises, funding negotiations, joined up funding and investment strategy discussions, end-game and journey planning, DC strategy and benefit change. He also has hands-on experience of GMP reconciliation and equalisation, investment strategy, fiduciary management, governance, communication and administration.

Outside of Professional Trustee work, John works as a part-time Pensions Manager for a Mental Health Charity and in the Summer of 2022 completed an Alps trek with his daughter raising £12,000 for the Charity Mind. He is also enjoys a number of sports, increasingly watching these days and is a long-suffering Wolves supporter.