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Judging panel 2019

Andy Dixon, Business Development Manager, Harvest Financial
Peter Griffin, Director, APT Workplace Pensions
Barry Holmes, Director of Human Resources, RCSI
Deirdre Horan, Compensation and Benefits Specialist, ABTRAN
Rickard Mills, Corporate Affairs Consultant and pension fund trustee
John O'Connell, Owner, Trident Consulting
Frank O'Riordan, Independent Director & Investment Consultant

Image titleAndy Dixon, Business Development Manager, Harvest Financial
Andy joined Harvest Financial Services in 2018 as Business Development Manager with 14 years’ experience in the life and pensions industry in Ireland. During this time Andy provided technical support to independent intermediaries in the provision of retirement planning and investment advice. In Harvest, Andy supports the growth of the business working with new clients, accountants, solicitors and other professional referrers to provide retirement planning and wealth management solutions. Andy has attained the QFA, FLIA and RPA designations and is a Certified Financial Planner. Andy sits on the Life Insurance Association Dublin Committee and is past Chair of the North East Regional Committee.

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Peter Griffin, Director, APT Workplace Pensions
Peter is a Director of APT Workplace Pensions Limited, a leading independent pensions management and investment advisory company in Ireland. Peter is a fellow of the Irish Institute of Pension Managers and Fellow of the Life Assurance Association of Ireland. In a career that stretches back over 35 years, Peter has held a number of senior positions with global employee benefit practices, including PwC, Willis and Aon Consulting. Peter is a Director and Council member of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF), Chairman of the IAPF Benefits Committee and is an active participant in formulating industry policy.

Image titleDeirdre Horan, Compensation and Benefits Specialist, ABTRAN
Deirdre Horan has over 20 years' experience in Financial Services and joined Abtran in February this year. As their Compensation and Benefits Consultant she is responsible for designing, delivering and managing a wide range of employee benefits including Pension which has just been launched to the workforce of 1,500. An area of focus and one she enjoys is actively engaging with members at key milestones on their retirement saving journey, educating and enabling them to make more informed decisions. Previously Dee worked as a Pension Consutant in Willis Towers Watson and briefly in JLT Employee Benefits where she supported Trustees and Employers from a compliance, governance and communication perspective. In Aviva as their Corporate Pension Manager, she partnered with financial brokers and corporate clients, tailoring the pension service proposition to meet their needs and those of their members. In addition to her Degree in Insurance and French from the University of Limerick, relevant to the Pensions arena she also holds a Pensions Diploma and a qualification as a Trustee Practitioner. She is an Associate Member of the IIPM and a Fellow of the LIA.

Image titleRickard Mills, Corporate Affairs Consultant and pension fund trustee
Rickard Mills is a pension expert with 15 years of direct and active involvement in the management and oversight of Irish pension schemes. He currently acts as independent trustee on a number of Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution schemes including KBC Bank Ireland and The Merrion Hotel. He is a Council member on the Irish Association of Pension Funds. Rickard is qualified as a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience at a senior level in the financial services industry. His expertise spans a wide range of disciplines including corporate governance, taxation, structured financing and pensions. He is on the board of Chambers Ireland and was on the Dublin Chamber of Commerce board for the last six years. His philosophy as an independent, professional Trustee is to ensure that members’ interests are adequately protected through good governance while always appreciating the key role played by the sponsoring Employer. He critically challenges investment managers and service providers to ensure value for money is achieved and plays a key role in the education and development of the Trustee boards on which he sits.

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John O'Connell, Owner, Trident Consulting
John O’Connell is an actuary who has worked in the pension and investment areas for the last thirty years. He founded Trident Consulting, an independent pension advisory firm, in 2006. John completed an MBA in 2000, the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction in 2012 and the Pension Trustee Practitioner in 2017. From 1987 to 1990, John worked in Irish Life’s investment department and since 1990 has worked in the corporate pensions area working with Irish Life, Life of Jamaica and Mercer – and for the last 13 years as a Director of Trident. John specialises in the provision of independent pensions advice to trustees and employers and also acts a trustee to a number of group pension schemes.

Image titleFrank O'Riordan, Independent Director & Investment Consultant
Frank O’Riordan is a Central Bank of Ireland approved Fit and Proper Director. He has over 30 years’ experience in the asset and funds management industry. He has operated at CIO, CEO and at Board level. His current positions include being an Independent Director of 8 UCITS/ICAVS. He is a Pension Trustee /Director and chair of Investment Committee involving assets of over €5 billion. He has provided independent consultancy services to financial services firms involving mandates of €25 billion. Frank was formerly a CEO of an asset management firm with over €12 billion for 6 years. Frank is President of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI) in Ireland and a Director of the Retirement Planning Council of Ireland. He is a member of the Institute of Bankers of Ireland and holds both Primary and Post Graduate Degrees and diplomas in in Economics, Statistics and Education from University College Dublin (UCD) and Trinity College Dublin (TCD).

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