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Tim Hodgson
Head of the Thinking Ahead Group

My career in three bullets:
  • Thirteen years of full-time research including 12 years in the Thinking Ahead Group
  • Five years in asset-liability consulting, advising clients, running implemented consulting programmes, doing manager research and general research
  • Five years at asset-only consultant, running portfolios of managers
Education: Master of Arts, Economics, University of Cambridge
Relevant Memberships:
  • Associate of the CFA Society of the UK (old UK IIMR exams)
  • PADI dive master
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Roger Urwin
Global Head of Investment Content

My career in three bullets:
  • Twenty-five years as asset consultant, two years as an asset manager
  • Twenty years as leader of investment businesses
  • Thought leadership innovations include three global firsts: the origination of the first target date DC funds (in 1988), the risk budget framework (in 1999) and the governance budget framework for assessing asset owner organisational effectiveness (in 2007)
Education: Masters in Applied Statistics, Oxford University
Relevant Memberships:
  • Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries
  • Member of the CFA Institute
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Paul Deane-Williams
Director, Thinking Ahead Institute

My career in three bullets:
  • Fourteen years leading the global public relations (PR) programmes for the Investment business, including over six years leading Willis Towers Watson's EMEA PR function
  • Over six years as a corporate affairs / communications consultant to the investment, professional services and mining industries
  • Over a year as the group professional photographer for a large mining house
Education: National Diploma in Photography

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Bob Collie
Head of Research, Thinking Ahead Group

My career in three bullets:
  • Trained in actuarial benefits field (qualified FIA in 1992) 
  • Worked in investment consultancy and research for over 25 years 
  • Involved in a wide range of publications, including “The Retirement Plan Solution: The Reinvention of Defined Contribution” (Wiley, 2009)
Education: MA (Oxon.) 1st Class
Relevant Memberships:
  • Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
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Liang Yin
Senior Investment Consultant

My career in three bullets:
  • Joined Thinking Ahead Group in November 2007 as a research analyst
  • And stayed ever since…
  • Four years of full-time research at the University of Bath (for my PhD degree)
Education: PhD in finance – University of Bath
Relevant Memberships: CFA charterholder
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Marisa Hall
Senior Investment Consultant

My career in three bullets:
  • Over 11 years' experience working as an investment consultant to pension scheme clients
  • Joined Thinking Ahead Group in October 2016…
  • …to help directly change the investment industry for the better!
Education:
  • Qualified actuary
  • IMC certificate
  • MSc (Dist) – CASS Business School, London
  • BSc (1st class) – University of the West Indies, Jamaica
Relevant Memberships: Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries
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James Price
Senior Investment Consultant

My career in three bullets:
  • James joined Willis Towers Watson's manager research team in 2006
  • Since then he has researched investment approaches ranging from fund managers that invest in 10 stocks based on fundamental company analysis through to quantitative multi-strategy hedge funds investing in all asset classes
  • As well as researching asset managers James works with asset owners helping them construct portfolios or designing bespoke strategies where existing products do not meet an asset owner's needs
Education: MSci Physics (Imperial College London)
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Jess Gao
Investment Consultant

My career in three bullets:
  • Joined Thinking Ahead Group in July 2011
  • Worked in the International Consulting Group on corporate pension consulting
  • Joined Towers Watson in 2008 as a graduate
Education: Master of Research, The University of Nottingham
Relevant Memberships: Student of the Institute of Actuaries
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Kate Clark
Business Development Assistant

My career in three bullets:
  • Very new to the Thinking Ahead institute, having started in late October 2016
  • Have over two years' experience in Marketing, Events and Comms, previously working for a large real estate firm
  • Spent a year teaching school children in Thailand in 07/08
Education: English BA (Hons), Queen Mary University of London
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Nicky Cowan
Assistant to Roger Urwin and Tim Hodgson

My career in three bullets:
  • Joined TAG in 2016
  • Previously worked as a PA for film company actors
  • Has also been a logistics manager with a telecoms company
Education: BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Manchester Metropolitan University
Martin Goss

Martin Goss
Senior Investment Consultant, Head of Client Consulting, Australia

My career in three bullets:
  • My first job, which was a filler between finishing school in the UK and starting university six months later in Australia, was as a calculation clerk in an insurance firm, where I experienced the 1987 crash and its impact on investors desperately surrendering their savings policies at the bottom of the market
  • Post university I spent three years in a life insurance company in the actuarial and management reporting areas
  • In 1996 I saw the light and moved into investment consulting, some manager research but mostly general client consulting, and haven’t looked back since
Education: Bachelor of Economics (Actuarial major) at the University of Melbourne, Masters in Commerce (Actuarial) at Macquarie University, Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance from Finsia
Relevant Memberships: Fellow of Finsia
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Andrew Povah
Senior Investment Consultant

My career in three bullets:
  • Andrew Povah is a senior investment consultant with Towers Watson, having joined the firm's Sydney office in 2008. He is primarily involved with advising institutional clients on a range of investment issues including strategic asset allocation, manager structure and selection.
  • Prior to joining Towers Watson, Andrew worked at Aon Consulting both in Australia and the UK for nine years, consulting to a large range of institutional investors including both defined contribution and defined benefit clients.
  • Andrew graduated from the University of Nottingham (UK) in 1999 with an honours degree in Mathematics and qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 2006, specialising in Investments.
Education: Mathematics, University of Nottingham
Relevant Memberships: Fellow of the institute of Actuaries, specialising in investment

Related links

  • The Thinking Ahead Institute seeks collaboration and change in the investment industry
    Overview
  • Learn more about the Thinking Ahead group
    Thinking Ahead Group