Meet our team

Our specialist team has the expertise and experience to deliver commercially-focused outcomes and transaction certainty for schemes. 

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John Smitherman-Cairns

Commercial Director
John is Commercial Director of Aviva’s Annuity business.  He joined Friends Life in 2014 where he led the DB de-risking team and has since played a leading role in the growth of the Defined Benefit Solutions business at Aviva.

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Jamie Cole

Head of BPA Origination

Jamie heads up bulk annuity origination at Aviva, helping UK Defined Benefit pension schemes to de-risk.  He has over 20 years’ experience managing the structuring, origination and management of risk across various markets.  

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Marcus Mollan

Head of Annuity Asset Origination
Marcus has held positions at leading institutions in investment management and bulk purchase annuities. He is particularly experienced in long-term investment, asset/liability management and design of innovative, commercially successful investment.

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Toby Holmes

Senior Deal Manager
Toby helped establish the Aviva Bulk Purchase Annuity team back in 2006. Since then, he’s helped many trustees and their advisers achieve their de-risking ambitions by working collaboratively with them to achieve the best outcomes. 

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Gareth Jones

Senior Deal Manager
Gareth has led a number of significant transactions since joining Aviva. Previously, he was Head of Pensions for a regulated utility where he advised on pension strategy, acquisitions, workforce change, and led engagement with economic regulators. 

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John Fothergill

Senior Deal Manager
John has been with the team since it was established in 2006. He’s worked on many significant deals for Aviva, including a buy-out for Cineworld and a £300m pensioner buy-in for Alcatel-Lucent.

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Andy Morley

Senior Deal Manager
Andy has more than 20 years’ experience of defined benefit pensions, including 10 years working in de-risking and external relationship management. He’s worked on deals of all types and sizes, including pension schemes for FTSE-100 companies. 

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Sarah Cave

Deal Manager

Before joining Aviva, Sarah worked for Mercer, and has extensive experience of defined benefit pensions. She's worked as a scheme actuary, provided corporate advice on M&A activity, and advised trustees on schemes of all sizes.

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Paul Donnelly

Deal Manager
Paul joined Aviva as a graduate recruit and quickly progressed to become a deal manager. His focus is now on streamlined transactions, while he has experience of leading on larger deals. 

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Matthew Cook

Deal Manager

Matt is a qualified actuary with over 10 years’ experience in defined benefit consulting. Prior to joining Aviva, Matt worked for Aon and has advised Trustees on funding, benefit design and PPF issues for schemes ranging from £40M to £4Bn.

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Alan Elsom

Deal Manager

Before joining Aviva, Alan worked in pension administration and consultancy. He has over 10 years defined benefit pension experience and has worked on all types of de-risking deals.

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We’re a leading provider of flexible solutions for UK defined benefit pension schemes