Meet the Board

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Paul Cuff Co-Chief Executive Officer

Paul Cuff is a qualified actuary with over 20 years of experience in the pensions industry. Paul was a partner at KPMG for 8 years, and joined XPS in October 2016. Immediately prior to joining XPS, Paul was head of the KPMG London pensions team, where he was instrumental in growing the London pensions business. Paul is primarily responsible for raising the profile of XPS in the market and generating new business. This covers both growing the client base in the Group’s traditional service areas and the development of new service offerings to help clients meet the challenges they face as the market evolves. Paul is also responsible for the Group’s strategy with regard to acquisitions and investment, including, for example, the development of technology.

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Ben Bramhall Co-Chief Executive Officer

Ben Bramhall is a senior actuary with around 20 years of experience in the pensions industry and advises a wide range of trustees and sponsoring employers on all matters relating to pension provision. Ben joined XPS in April 2014, and is primarily responsible for the day to day operations of the business. This covers the provision of services to XPS’s existing clients, revenue generation and the Group’s people agenda. Since joining XPS, he has played a key role in the development and implementation of the strategy for XPS as well as the hiring of key staff and development of new services and infrastructure. Ben joined XPS from KPMG in London where he played a key role in its development from a small team to one of the leading providers of corporate pensions advisory services.

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Tom Cross Brown Independent Non-executive Chairman

Tom Cross Brown was independent upon appointment as Chairman of XPS in January 2017. Until 2003, he was Chief Executive Officer of ABN AMRO Asset Management. Prior to joining ABN AMRO Asset Management in 1997, he spent 21 years at Lazard Brothers & Co. Limited, latterly as Chief Executive Officer of Lazard Brothers Asset Management from 1994 to 1997. Tom was non-executive chairman of Pearl Assurance plc from 2005 to 2009 and of Just Retirement Group from 2006 to 2016. Tom was a non-executive director of Artemis Alpha Trust plc and a non-executive member of the management committee of Artemis Investment Management LLP from 2006 until 2018. Tom is Chair of the Nomination Committee of XPS Pensions Group plc and a member of the Remuneration Committee.

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Snehal Shah Chief Financial Officer

Snehal Shah is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years of experience in finance, investor relations, M&A execution and post deal integration. Snehal spent 10 years in the early part of his career with PwC, specialising in complex audits of US and UK listed technology businesses. He joined Ladbrokes plc in 2009 where he held a number of senior finance roles including Group Financial Controller, Head of Investor Relations and Finance Director for Integration following the £2bn merger with Coral Group in 2016.  Since leaving Ladbrokes Coral plc in 2017, Snehal has held senior interim finance roles at Parkdean Resorts Ltd and Countrywide plc.

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Alan Bannatyne Senior Independent Non-executive Director

Alan Bannatyne is a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying with Deloitte & Touche, Alan was Commercial Manager of Primecom and then Financial Director of Foresight, both subsidiaries of Primedia, a listed South African Media Group. Alan joined Robert Walters plc as Group Financial Controller in September 2002 and was appointed to the board of Robert Walters plc as Group Finance Director in March 2007. He is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of XPS Pensions Group Plc, and a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. Alan is recognised as having recent and relevant financial experience.

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Sarah Ing Independent Non-executive Director

Sarah Ing is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years experience in financial services including audit, corporate finance, investment banking and asset management. During her executive career, she was a top-rated equity research analyst covering the UK general financial services sector and also founded and ran a hedge fund investment management business. Sarah is also Non-Executive Director at CMC Markets plc, the FTSE Small Cap UK-based global provider of online retail trading, where she chairs the Group Risk Committee. Sarah is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee, the Remuneration Committee and the Nomination Committee of XPS Pensions Group Plc. Sarah is recognised as having recent and relevant financial experience.

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Jonathan Punter Non-executive Director

Jonathan Punter is the Punter Southall Group’s Chief Executive Officer and one of the founders of the Punter Southall Group which sold Punter Southall Holdings Limited and its subsidiaries to XPS in January 2017. Jonathan began his actuarial career with Duncan C Fraser & Co, where he became a partner, prior to the company being acquired by William M Mercer. He has 40 years of experience in the actuarial profession, with particular expertise in the areas of UK pensions and investment strategy. Jonathan is also a non-executive director of the River & Mercantile Group.

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Margaret Snowdon OBE Independent Non-executive Director

Margaret Snowdon OBE is a pensions professional and experienced non-executive director. Margaret is a non-executive director of the Pensions Regulator and a non-executive member of the Phoenix Group With Profits Committee. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Moneyhub Financial Technology Limited. Margaret previously held partner and director level positions with leading employee benefit consultancies. 

Among her many voluntary roles within the pensions industry, Margaret is Chair of the Pension Scams Industry Group and was Chair of the Pensions Administration Standards Association until the end of 2018 when she became their first honorary president. Margaret was appointed an OBE in 2010 and has received many awards for her contribution to Pensions.