Ian McKnight Joins Cartwright as Senior Adviser

Cartwright, a company specializing in pensions for defined benefit and hybrid schemes, has appointed Ian McKnight as Senior Adviser, with an initial emphasis on business development. Ian, who will be located in London, will play a key role in advancing and shaping new business approaches for the organization.

Robin Pearce, Operations Director at Cartwright, said: “Ian joins us at a really exciting time for the organisation as we continue our expansion across the UK market and enhance our services in areas such as project management and risk transfer. The UK pensions landscape has never been so interesting, or so challenging, and Ian will help us to spread our message and expertise far and wide.

“Appointing expert individuals is critical to our high levels of client experience and satisfaction; Ian is no exception. He is extremely well known and connected in the pensions space, with a knowledge and expertise that is second to none. We are looking forward to him promoting our capabilities not only to the industry but across the regions.”

Commenting on his appointment, McKnight added: “Cartwright is a leader in the field with ambitious growth plans and a strong team who are continually looking at new and innovative ways to support their clients to reach their goals. They are unafraid to step outside the traditional comfort zones that bind many organisations in the industry and their ownership structure and full independence allows them to do so. I am looking forward to contributing to their ongoing success.”

Ian's appointment adds to a series of recent senior-level hires at the company, which includes Yona Chesner joining as Senior Investment Consultant and Head of Investments (North) in the previous month, and Barry Widdows being appointed as Senior Investment Consultant and Southwest lead in December 2023.

Coming from Royal Mail Pensions Trustees where he served as Chief Investment Officer, Ian brings extensive experience to his new role. During his time at Royal Mail Pension Plan, he oversaw the transfer of assets (£32.5bn) to the UK Government in 2012 and managed over approximately £10 billion across three pension plans. His tenure included substantial annual investments of around £400m, resulting in the Plan accumulating a surplus of over £1bn. Additionally, Ian currently serves as a Trustee of the Rowland Hill Fund, a charitable organization assisting current and former postal workers facing financial challenges. Throughout his 25-year career, he has held various positions at WTW, LCP, Morgan Stanley, and KPMG.

Source: Cartwright