Alistair Russell-Smith

Alistair joins Spence and Partners as the Charity and Corporate advisory lead. He has more than 20 years of experience as an Actuary working for DB and DC pension schemes. In his new role, Alistair will provide advice for employers and third-sector bodies on all aspects of pension provision. 

Before joining Spence, Alistair was a Partner and Head of Corporate Defined Benefit Pensions at Hymans Robertson – a position he held since 2018, having joined the business in 2000. He also led Hymans’ third sector offering and has extensive experience working with clients in the not-for-profit sector. His work focused on funding and de-risking solutions, benefit strategy, and more sector-specific issues like managing participation in multi-employer pension schemes. 

In recent years, he has advised corporates on DB consolidation options including transferring to commercial consolidators and DB master trusts. He also worked with corporates on their DB funding approaches in light of the new DB funding regime. Alistair's strength lies in his profound understanding of the intricacies of the financial industry, coupled with a keen insight into the dynamics of the not-for-profit sector.