Client feedback


​They are very proactive and full of new ideas, they've brought better scheduling and better minute sets.
Paul Rudd,
Express Newspapers
When requesting information by email, I have noticed that there is 'out of hours activity' to answer me. I regard this as a stand out 'above and beyond' - impressed.
The trustee training was a very well-paced overview which gave opportunity to explore ideas and question more deeply at key points.
Paul Coley,
The Altro Pension and Life Scheme
​Mike is a great secretary. He does a really good job for us.
Clare Cairns,
Campden BRI Group
PSIT were overall more professional than others.
Paul Staniland,
Kier
It’s a pleasure working with key members of the HR Trustees team: their experience and leadership means that they know how to get the job done, working in partnership with fellow trustees, employers and advisers to achieve the best result for members.
Mark Smith,
Partner at Taylor Wessing
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Stuart Southall

Chairman

Contact Stuart

London

Tel 0203 327 5000

Role

Stuart is Chairman of PS Independent Trustees (PSIT). He acts as independent chairman to a large hybrid scheme and is pro bono chair of three other defined benefit schemes.

Background & experience

Stuart trained at Duncan C Fraser & Co before its acquisition by Mercer. In 1988, he established Punter Southall with Jonathan Punter; this remains the most successful start-up in the actuarial consultancy market for over 30 years. He remains much involved with client work and, in addition to his professional trustee appointments, is scheme actuary to schemes varying in size from £15 million to £4.6 billion.

During his career Stuart has attended well in excess of 1,000 trustees’ meetings in a variety of capacities (including chair). He is fully conversant with the legislative, regulatory and good governance requirements of UK pensions and has the ability to appreciate and balance the duties and concerns of all parties to such schemes. Having grown a business from only 9 people to over 1,200 staff, Stuart has demonstrable entrepreneurial attributes and an ability to interact with and motivate a wide range of people. These skills are invaluable to running a financially efficient and operationally effective pension scheme.

Stuart was an early editor of ‘The Actuary’ magazine, has sat on the Ethics Committee of ACA, and has served as its Chairman. He is a regular speaker at client events and outside conferences and is an accredited mediator. His also sits on the Group’s Risk Management and Professional Affairs Committees.

Stuart is also a non-executive director of Neptune Investment Management Limited, a governor of two independent schools and a pro bono trustee of an educational trust.

Areas of specialism

  • chairing board meetings
  • risk management
  • actuarial issues
  • funding & investment
  • corporate transactions
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