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 Limited
Board of Directors

Meet the team helping members save for the future

Ruston Smith

Chairman of the board of directors

Ruston has been working in pensions and investments for more than 30 years. He spent 14 years as the Group Pensions Director at Tesco.
Ruston's experience includes taking care of the strategy, governance, investment and operations for a wide range of UK funds. He co-chaired the Automatic Enrolment Advisory Board for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in 2017, leading on engagement, which is a key part of our long-term strategy. More recently, he inspired us to deliver a simplified annual statement - making it easier for everyone to understand their savings.

Andrew Evans

Group Chief Executive, co-founder and board member

Andrew's ambition is to make it easier for people to save and access their savings. Previously, he was an international managing director with roles in banking and finance. He also works with innovation foundations – awarding funding and offering advice to promising UK fintech companies and social entrepreneurs, including those who work with open banking.

Will Wynne

Group Managing Director, co-founder and board member

Will is the driving force behind Smart’s disruptive technology. He is also the Chairman of Trulience (a futuristic, digital human innovator), and co-founder of highly successful ecommerce business (officially the UK's most ethical florist). Will previously helped eBay UK scale from 3m to 18m members over three years. He has also mentored for the Octopus Group.

Jamie Fiveash

UK Chief Executive Officer and board member

Jamie was COO at B&CE, where he was instrumental in the design and delivery of The People’s Pension. He joined Smart in 2018 as COO and executive director. With more than 27 years experience in financial services, and a background in accountancy, Jamie is just the right person to nurture and shape our growth.

Claire Altman

Chief Corporate Officer and board member

Claire leads Smart’s corporate affairs department. She joined in 2017 following three years as Chair of Trustees of Smart’s master trust. Prior to joining Smart, she was a partner at city law firm Sacker & Partners. Her strong leadership and focus on watertight processes has taken the firm through UK master trust authorisation to brokering global strategic partnerships and generating business across the world.

Mark Zinkula

Independent Director

Mark was appointed as Chair of Smart USA Board early this year and now joins the Smart Board. He served as CEO of Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), a role he held from 2011 to 2019. During Mark’s tenure, LGIM was one of the fastest-growing asset managers globally, as assets under management (AUM) tripled to over $1.5 trillion including a significant expansion across the US, Europe and Asia. He positioned LGIM to become the largest manager in both the UK defined benefit pension market, with over 30% market share, and the UK defined contribution pension market, with over 20% market share. Mark also established LGIM as a global leader in responsible investing, developing widely-recognised and innovative ESG investment solutions, as well as an industry-leading corporate governance team.

Karen Roberton

Non-Executive Director

Karen joins the Board of SPL from 11 March 2020. She is managing director and Global Head of JPMorgan’s Consultant Sales Team. She has been an employee of JPMorgan since 1995, and she is responsible for coordinating their sales efforts with consultants for their Global business. She also manages a number of consultant and client relationships in the UK. Karen is also the co-sponsor for Culture & Conduct for EMEA at JPMorgan. Prior to her current role, Karen was a Client Account Manager, responsible for numerous client relationships, with a particular focus on DC. Karen obtained an LLB Hons degree in Law from the University of Westminster and has successfully completed the Law Society Final Examinations at the College of Law, London

John McMurtrie

Non-Executive Director

John McMurtrie joined the board from 15 January 2020 as a result of the investment by Link Group. He joined Link Group in 2002 as Managing Director. John has over 40 years of business experience, more than 35 of which have been in the financial services industry, covering both the public and private sectors. John’s previous senior appointments include Executive General Manager of Australian Security Exchange’s (ASX) Investors and Companies division and Chief Executive Officer of US Australia. He was previously Chair of Sydney Water Corporation and was the inaugural Chair of the National Electricity Code Administrator (NECA).

John is currently a member of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia’s Board of Directors, representing service providers.

John holds a Master of Economics and Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Adelaide. In January 2019, John was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through philanthropic initiatives, and to the finance industry.

Smart Pension's leadership team

Meet the experts making sure this scheme works for you

Sam Barton

Chief Technology Officer

Sam's the driving force behind our technology. He knows there's more to customer satisfaction than clicks-and-ticks in online services. Everything about your Smart Pension has to be easy and accessible. So, with more than 20 years experience, he's the best person to make sure we're using the right technology to be the 'best in class' provider.

Michelle Darracott

Chief Strategy Officer

Michelle leads Smart’s strategy in the UK, and our global commercial proposition for Platform as as Service. Michelle moved to Smart in 2018 from Legal & General Investment Management where she was leading the digital investment team. She's a member of many industry steering committees and is an award-winning fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Eamon Mulholland

Chief of Staff

Eamon ensures that Smart’s ambitions, governance and processes are optimised for efficiency. He’s a safe pair of hands to guide Smart through strategic projects as it experiences rapid global growth. He also manages our board arrangements and investor relations. Eamon joined Smart in 2018, after 35 years in a variety of senior banking roles. As COO of several banking units at Lloyds, he oversaw the creation of new business areas in mortgages, operations, risk management and financial markets.

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 Zurich Insurance.

Richard Dallas

Chief Growth Officer

Richard's focus has always been on banking, insurance and retirement. He specialises in transformation propositions, developing global platforms, and launching technology platforms - and his work takes him all over the world on our behalf. Before joining Smart, Richard held senior positions at Charles Schwab, Lloyds and Barclays, and Aegon/Transamerica.

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.

Paul Budgen

Director of Business Development

Paul has been working with leading workplace pension providers in the UK for more than 26 years. Before joining us, in 2017, Paul led the development of the government-funded NEST scheme, and helped institutional marketing and sales teams to create and distribute pension schemes. Today, he leads our business development team.

Dan McLaughlin

Director of International

Dan heads up work on our global savings technology platform. He joined Smart in 2016 as Head of Public Affairs and International, with a focus on driving Smart's overseas opportunities and relationships. Dan holds an MBA and, before joining Smart, he was a policy adviser at the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

Tim Phillips

Director, Smart Middle East

Tim is Director of Smart's Middle East business, as well as the current elected Vice President of the Pensions Management Institute in the UK. Based in Dubai, UAE, Tim works with Smart's platform clients to deliver digital platforms, in order to drive innovation and efficient operations in the running of DC Master Trusts. He has worked in the pensions industry for 17 years, including in the DC Master Trust space for the past seven years.

Darren Philp

Director of Policy and Communication

Darren is well known for his work lobbying for change in pensions and financial services. He joined Smart in 2018 after working on policy at The People’s Pension, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) and at HM Treasury. He helped to develop the architecture of the UK’s flagship auto enrolment initiative. He chairs steering committees at the PLSA and Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and is governor of the independent Pensions Policy Institute (PPI).

Kate Ross

Director of Delivery

Kate's role is to take our technology ideas into production. She ensures our design and engineering teams are running smoothly, producing high quality products for customers and partners around the world. Before joining Smart, Kate held high-level roles in technology that included positions at Vodafone, Allen and Overy, Morgan Stanley and Linklaters.

Ian Digby

Head of Regulatory Affairs

Pensions are complex. Regulation is vital. Ian oversees all our regulatory affairs, making sure we abide by the rules. As the former architect of the Master Trust Assurance Framework (MAF) and guardian of industry standards in his role at The Pensions Regulator (TPR), Ian underpins our evolution as a leading provider in auto enrolment and the wider defined contribution pensions market.

Martin Freeman

Head of Product

Martin's deep knowledge of the pensions industry makes him one of its most respected technology leaders. During his career, he's been responsible for technology managing the pensions of more than 21 million people. Today, as our Head of Product, Martin makes sure Smart's design and engineering teams are producing market-leading, valuable, innovative products.

Michael Watkins

Director of Retirement Propositions

Michael is Director of Retirement Propositions at Smart. He is responsible for the overall definition, design and delivery of Smart's global retirement solutions in order to achieve Smart’s strategic and commercial business objectives. Michael is also co-founder of NextGen Now, an initiative that promotes and encourages the next generation of pensions and savings professionals, a member of the PLSA Policy Board and master trust committee, and non-executive director for mypensionID, a pension-specific identification and verification start-up and a trustee director of the Natwest Retirement Pension Scheme.

Dr. Harry Brignull

Head of UX Innovation

With a PHD in Cognitive Science, Harry heads up Smart’s user experience innovation team. This means he leads a team to super-test every aspect of our customer-facing systems and services, making it easier for people to make their pension savings work harder. Harry’s previous experience runs from Spotify to the award-winning website, and he's a noted expert in digital patterns and online behaviour.