Hugely experienced team

Smart Pension is a fintech company that's run by teams of pension and technology experts. We'd like everyone to benefit from the best of both worlds - pension schemes that work hard with modern digital tools that make them easier to manage.

Smart Pension's leadership team

Meet the experts making sure this scheme works for you

Jamie Fiveash

Chief Executive Officer, Smart UK and Ireland

Jamie is passionate about transforming pensions to make sure that they bring greater value and help improve later life for all people. He was previously Chief Operating Officer at B&CE, where he was instrumental in the design and delivery of The People’s Pension, before joining Smart in 2018. With a background in accountancy and more than 27 years' experience in financial services, Jamie is an experienced and skilful pair of hands to efficiently lead Smart's pension and platform businesses to further significant growth.

Paul Bucksey

Managing Director, Smart Pension UK

Paul is responsible for the overall strategic and corporate management of the Smart Pension Master Trust, Smart's award-winning multi-employer UK occupational pension scheme. Before joining Smart Pension in 2019, Paul was a Managing Director at BlackRock (and subsequently Aegon), leading their UK defined contribution workplace pension business. He has also held senior positions at Fidelity, AXA and PwC.

Sam Barton

Chief Technology Officer

Sam's the driving force behind our technology. Since Smart was founded, Sam has overseen the evolution of our platform and helped grow the engineering team to what it is today. With more than 20 years’ experience, he's the best person to make sure we're using the right technology as we continue to innovate within the financial services industry.

Sue Whittington

Director of Operations

Sue is our guardian of 'customer first' in everything we do as a business. She loves evolving strategies to underpin strong commercial foundations and was previously head of distribution services at insurance giant Zurich.

Paul Budgen

Director of Business Development

Paul has over 25 years of experience with leading providers of UK workplace pension schemes and leads our multi-channel distribution and client teams. He regularly contributes to debates and blogs and presents key insights to industry professionals. Paul is a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Pensions Management Institute, volunteers for the Pensions Ombudsman and is a member of the Master Trust working group for the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) and a mentor for the Pensions Management Institute (PMI).

Darren Philp

Director of Policy and Market Engagement

Darren is well known for his work lobbying for change in pensions and financial services. He joined Smart Pension in 2018 after working on policy at The People’s Pension, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and HM Treasury, where he helped to develop the architecture of the UK’s flagship auto enrolment initiative. Darren is actively involved with the PLSA, the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA). He is a trustee and governor of the independent Pensions Policy Institute (PPI).

Ian Digby

Head of Governance and Regulation

Pensions are complex. Regulation is vital. Ian oversees all our governance and regulatory obligations for the Smart Pension Master Trust, making sure we abide by the rules. As the former lead relationship manager for master trusts at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Ian prepared the industry for the master trust authorisation regime. He was also responsible for ensuring advisers and master trust providers delivered compliant auto enrolment solutions He has been guardian of industry standards in his role at TPR. Ian underpins our evolution as a leading provider in auto enrolment and the wider defined contribution pensions market.