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XPS Pensions Group Appoints Mark Searle to Head of DC Investment

XPS Pensions Group Appoints Mark Searle to Head of DC Investment

31 Aug 2022

Mark Searle has been promoted to lead XPS Pensions Group’s DC investment team. Having first joined XPS in October 2020, Mark has played a leading role in developing DC investment strategies including ESG oriented default arrangements for schemes and incorporating strategies to take account of climate change and the net zero transition.

Mark Searle said: “I’m really excited to lead the DC investment team and build on its significant work around sustainability and new approaches to building investment strategies and default funds. I am particularly excited about the opportunities surrounding XPS DC Analytics and helping employers and trustees refine their DC arrangements so that they can tailor their investment approaches to the specific needs and preferences of their members.”

Sophia Singleton, XPS Pensions Group’s Head of DC added: “Congratulations to Mark. Mark brings a wealth of expertise and experience of providing strategic and pragmatic advice to a wide range of diverse clients. He will play a key role in helping our clients through some major short-term and longer-term challenges as we continue to grow our DC business.”

Mark took up his new role in June 2022.

About XPS Pensions Group

XPS Pensions Group is a leading pensions consulting and administration business focused on UK pension schemes.  XPS combines expertise, insight and technology to address the needs of over 1,500 pension schemes and their sponsoring employers on an ongoing and project basis.  We undertake pensions administration for over 968,000 members and provide advisory services to schemes and corporate sponsors in respect of schemes of all sizes, including 51 with assets over £1bn.We also provide pension advisory and administration services to over 200 defined contribution schemes, with over one million members and combined assets in excess of £15bn.

XPS Pensions Group was awarded Actuarial/Pensions Consultancy of the Year and Investment Consultancy of the Year at the 2021 Professional Pensions Awards and highly commended for Third Party Administrator of the Year and Education /Thought Leadership Initiative of the Year.  In 2020, XPS was awarded Third Party Administrator of the Year at the UK Pension Awards for the second year running.  Also in 2020, XPS Pensions Group was awarded the FT's PIPA Technology Services of the Year Award and in 2019 awarded Actuarial/Pensions Consultancy of the Year at the UK Pensions Awards.

XPS Pensions Group has also been ranked Gold in the Employee Engagement category and Silver in the Employee-Centric Company category at the 2020 UK Employee Experience Awards. XPS Pensions Group also won two awards at the 2020 Business Culture Awards winning Best Business Culture Transformation Initiative and the overall Gold Award winner for Business Culture.

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