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Meet our team

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

Tom Ground

Managing Director
Tom was appointed Managing Director of the Aviva Defined Benefit Solutions team in August 2017. He’s a key industry figure with extensive experience of some of the largest ever bulk annuity transactions in the market.

John Smitherman-Cairns

Commercial Lead 
John is Commercial Lead for the Aviva Defined Benefits Solution team. He previously led Friends Life’s DB de-risking team and was commercial lead at specialist insurer, Lucida. John has a wealth of experience in M&A and defined benefit de-risking.

Jamie Cole

Strategic Deal Management Lead

Jamie leads the Strategic Deal team. He joined Aviva from Deutsche Bank, where he was primarily responsible for UK Pensions Longevity Risk Transfer. He has considerable experience in structuring and risk management/syndication.

Stephen Purves

Core Deal Management Lead 

Stephen leads the Core Deal team and has more than 18 years’ experience in the market. He’s led on a number of significant transactions for Aviva including the £600m buy-in transaction for Pearson in 2017 and the £925m buy-in transaction for M&S in 2018.

Amrit Mclean

Sales and Proposition Director

Amrit has 12 years’ experience in pensions de-risking and has worked on many of the largest bulk annuity deals in the market. Amrit now focusses on creating market-leading de-risking solutions for DB pensions schemes.

Kunal Sood

Head of Reinsurance
Kunal has over 14 years' experience structuring transactions and joined Aviva from L&G where he played a lead role in the development of its defined reinsurance capabilities. 

Marcus Mollan

Investment Director
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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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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