Meet the Team

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Mike Ainslie Chief Financial Officer

Mike is a Chartered Accountant who, on leaving the profession, spent 18 years in Corporate Banking working for a US Bank. His roles included Head of Audit, CFO and COO for the Bank’s International operations. For the last 10 years he has worked as CFO or COO for a number of fast growing companies owned by Private Equity or other investment firms.

The industries covered include: Life Insurance; Anti-Money Laundering Due Diligence; Offshore Company Formation and Administration and Social Media Analytics (SaaS). Mike joined XPS in October 2015 and as CFO, Mike is responsible for the finance, legal and compliance functions.

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John Batting Executive Director

John Batting was CEO of Punter Southall Ltd between 2004 and 2018. He was one of the four founders of BGJ & Co Limited; an actuarial consulting business which was established in 1993 and subsequently merged with the Punter Southall businesses in 2002. John is a Scheme Actuary with over 38 years of experience in the actuarial profession; providing pensions and investment advice to both trustees and sponsoring companies, and has acted as an expert witness on pension matters.

Jonathan Bernstein Head of Pensions

Jonathan is a senior actuary with over 25 years’ experience in the pensions industry. He joined XPS in June 2015 and was made Head of Pensions at XPS in January 2016. Jonathan is responsible for the pensions consulting/actuarial business, as well as wider business matters.

His main responsibility is to ensure there is effective management of the Pensions business at all office locations of the Group. He assures that the business runs efficiently and as one team of highly motivated staff, and that XPS’s strategy is successfully implemented. Jonathan provides advice on all aspects of UK pension schemes for some of XPS’s largest clients.

Prior to joining XPS, Jonathan was a senior partner at Mercer, UK. He has extensive experience of operational management, having run Mercer’s Tower Retirement Unit for approximately five years before taking on a regional management role. His last role at Mercer was as UK Chief Actuary, where Jonathan managed commercial risks across Mercer’s Retirement Consulting business; as well as leading on all aspects of professionalism and quality for approximately 500 qualified and trainee actuaries.

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