20-20 Trustees has unveiled three new hires, continuing their expansion in the professional trustee sector.
Kate Leigh joins as trustee director, David Whitbread joins as associate director and Shay Owode joins as senior trustee consultant.
Leigh is a former pensions lawyer from Squire Patton Boggs. She has also acted as an independent trustee director for the firm’s independent trustee company on ongoing schemes and schemes going through their PPF assessment periods. She acted as Secretary of the Governance Committee to the Co-op’s £9bn DB and DC hybrid pension scheme.
Leigh says: “I’m delighted to join 20-20 Trustees and be part of such a dynamic and talented team. I’m looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the business and helping our clients achieve their goals.”
Whitbread has 40 years’ experience and was formerly a consultant with SBJ Benefit Consultants, later Bluefin and then Capita Employee Benefits.
He more recently worked for Winterbourne Trustee Services where for four years he acted as a professional trustee.
Owode joins having spent over three years at specialist corporate pensions advisory firm, Lincoln Pensions. At Lincoln Pensions he worked with a number of clients across myriad sectors, including large corporates and not-for-profit organisations, with defined benefit scheme assets ranging from £10m to £20bn, on employer covenant matters including covenant assessments for triennial valuations and subsequent negotiations, periodic integrated risk management monitoring reports.
Owode says: “I’m extremely excited to have joined 20-20 Trustees and look forward to learning from, and collaborating with, the widely talented and experienced team here. The growth of 20-20 over the last few years has been astronomical and together, I’m sure we can continue to deliver the best and most appropriate outcomes for our growing client base.”
20-20 Trustees managing director Naomi L’Estrange says: “I am delighted to welcome our new starters to the 20-20 Trustees team. They all bring a wealth of experience and dynamism to our team that will prove invaluable to our clients in what could be another challenging year for pension schemes.”