Client feedback


PSGS were overall more professional than others.
Paul Staniland,
Kier
They have helped us save much more and created a cohesive plan to de-risk whilst building an integrated pension team.
Sally-Anne Borrill,
T-Systems
Excellent communication - the trustee training course facilitators were clearly knowledgeable and very experienced in their field and able to convey concept and information in a way I was able to understand.
Phillipa McFadyen,
RSPCA
Gillian and Curtis provide an excellent service to the trustees. They are approachable and possess a huge amount of knowledge. Everything appears to work smoothly which I am sure is due to the immense amount of work they do in the background to ensure all paperwork is available and up to date.
Ian Woods,
KGPT trustees
The trustee training was a very well-paced overview which gave opportunity to explore ideas and question more deeply at key points.
Paul Coley,
The Altro Pension and Life Scheme
When requesting information by email, I have noticed that there is 'out of hours activity' to answer me. I regard this as a stand out 'above and beyond' - impressed.
Image of Stuart Southall, Chairman

Stuart Southall

Chairman

Professional trustee

Contact Stuart

London

Tel 0203 327 5000

Role

Stuart acts as independent chairman to a large hybrid scheme and is pro bono chair of three other schemes.

Background & experience

Stuart trained at Duncan C Fraser & Co before its acquisition by Mercer. In 1988, he established Punter Southall with Jonathan Punter. This was the most successful start-up in the actuarial consultancy market for over 30 years.

Stuart has worked with pension schemes varying in size from £15 million to £4.6 billion. Having worked in the roles of trustee, scheme actuary and sponsor adviser, he is able to balance perspectives between the fiduciary responsibilities of trustees and duties owed to scheme sponsors. He has extensive knowledge of mergers and reconstructions of large schemes, of liability management exercises and has been involved in buy-ins and buy-outs.

Stuart also has experience of a situation where an overseas parent company filed for Chapter 11 protection with implications for a UK pension scheme.

During his career, Stuart has attended well in excess of 1,100 trustees’ meetings. He is fully conversant with the legislative, regulatory and good governance requirements of UK pensions and he has the ability to appreciate and balance the duties and concerns of all parties to such schemes.

Having grown a business from only 9 people to over 1,200 staff, Stuart has demonstrable entrepreneurial attributes and an ability to interact with and motivate a wide range of people. These skills are invaluable to running a financially efficient and operationally effective pension scheme.

Stuart was an early editor of ‘The Actuary’, has sat on the Ethics Committee of ACA, and has served as its Chairman. He is a regular speaker at client events and outside conferences and is an accredited mediator. He was a non-executive director of Neptune Investment Management Limited until its sale to Liontrust and he is a CEDR qualified mediator. For over a decade he was a governor of two independent schools and a pro bono trustee of an educational trust.

Qualifications: Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, MA Hons Mathematics, accredited professional trustee

Interview with Stuart Southall


Areas of specialism

  • chairing board meetings
  • risk management
  • actuarial issues
  • funding & investment
  • corporate transactions

Hot topics


National Pension Tracing Day - tell your pension scheme members!
Image of Hot Topic author Curtis Mitchell, Scheme Manager

31 October sees the launch of National Pension Tracing Day, a day founded by one of our group...

Read more »


Subject access requests - common pitfalls & issues (& how to avoid them)
Image of Hot Topic author Simon Riviere, Client Director

In October 2020, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued new statutory guidance on...

Read more »


More opinions »


Call: 0118 207 2900

online enquiry