Simon Abel Head of Corporate Development and Strategy

Simon Abel

Head of Corporate Development and Strategy

Simon is responsible for developing, communicating, executing and sustaining PIC’s corporate strategic initiatives, including corporate bond issues. Simon has 20 years’ experience in investment banking, specialising in insurance mergers and acquisitions advisory and capital raising.

Karen Dignan Head of Internal Audit

Karen Dignan

Head of Internal Audit

Karen Dignan has 30 years' internal audit experience, the majority at a senior and Head of Audit level in a range of organisations, primarily financial services.  She was previously Audit Director in Old Mutual and has also worked at Deutsche Bank, the Financial Services Authority, Lloyds (TSB) Bank and Citibank.  She has a degree in Applied Social Science and Masters in Internal Auditing and Management.  She is also a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), was a prize winner in her professional examinations and is a former President of her professional Institute.   

Karen is responsible for internal audit, providing independent review and opinion on the governance processes, management of risk and systems of internal control within the Pension Insurance Corporation, helping the Board and Executive Management to protect the assets, reputation and sustainability of the organisation

Giles Fairhead Chief Risk Officer

Giles Fairhead

Chief Risk Officer

Giles has over 10 years’ experience in the insurance market and has previously held senior roles at both the Prudential Regulation Authority (“PRA”) and PwC. Giles has a background in scientific research and holds a Doctorate in medical biochemistry from the University of Birmingham.

In his role as Chief Risk Officer at PIC Giles is responsible for issues relating to risk, regulation, governance, compliance, ORSA and the Solvency II regime.

Matt Gore Chief Operating Officer

Matt Gore

Chief Operating Officer

As Chief Operating Officer, Matt is overall responsible for the operations of the business. His core obligation is ensuring Pension Insurance Corporation's policyholders are paid the right pensions at the right time. Matt’s responsibility comprises of PIC’s Business Change and IT Functions, in addition to PIC’s Pension and Investment Operations teams, and the Scheme Onboarding team.

Formerly head of bulk annuity operations at Prudential, he was responsible for all elements of the transition of the three largest bulk annuity buyouts and led the team building operational infrastructure. Whilst there, Matt played a key role in the teams that secured four insurance company annuity books and helped achieve their successful transfer to Prudential.

Kim Gozzett Chief People Officer

Kim Gozzett

Chief People Officer

As Chief People Officer, Kim is overall responsible for PIC’s human resource management and company culture and values. In addition, Kim leads many of PIC’s core business functions including Brand and Marketing, Facilities, Business Continuity and Cyber.

Previously the Managing Director of SG Hambros Bank UK Trust Company for 17 years, she was responsible for the Corporate Private and Charitable Trusts, their accounting tax and Investment Management. Kim has held many NEB roles, advising companies in all sectors and has led negotiations M+A transactions to successful conclusion.

She also established SG Hambros Financial Services Limited and held the position of Director on the Board of many of the Bank's subsidiaries and client companies. Kim latterly ran the Bank's London Human Resources.”

Rob Groves Chief Investment Officer

Rob Groves

Chief Investment Officer

Rob leads PIC’s asset and liability management team and has overall responsibility for managing the company’s fast growing portfolio. Rob was previously CIO at Friends Life, with responsibility for running investment strategies for the annuities business, with-profits and unit linked funds.

This included optimising strategic asset allocation, tactical asset allocation and asset liability management with responsibility for assets totalling over £100 billion. Rob has previously worked for UBS, Dresdner Kleinwort and Towers Watson.

Louise Inward General Counsel

Louise Inward

General Counsel

Louise is responsible for legal and compliance matters at Pension Insurance Corporation. Louise was previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal as Head of Pensions.

An expert in pension regulation, including the clearance and scheme funding regimes, Louise was heavily involved in the development of the Pensions Act 2004 and in particular the moral hazard and clearance provisions. She then established and led the Corporate Risk Management Team at the Pensions Regulator.

Alistair Roberts Chief Information Officer

Alistair Roberts

Chief Information Officer

Alistair joined PIC in January 2017 and has more than 25 years’ experience in IT spanning a range of sectors including financial services, government, higher education and media. He was previously Director of IT for M&C Saatchi Plc.

Alistair leads PIC’s IT Department, ensuring the delivery of secure, reliable and efficient IT systems and services in support of PIC’s critical business activities.

Jay Shah Chief Origination Officer

Jay Shah

Chief Origination Officer

Jay heads our Origination and Longevity Risk teams. He has overseen a number of landmark pension insurance transactions in his 10 years at the firm, including Phillips, Siemens, Cadburys and BHS.

Jay was previously actuarial adviser and Director of Corporate Finance at PricewaterhouseCoopers and then Corporate Development Director at Prudential UK where he led on £1bn+ bulk annuity transfers from other insurers. Jay has over 25 years of experience in the insurance and pensions sector having qualified as an actuary in 1991.

Dom Veney PIC Director and Chief Financial Officer

Dom Veney

PIC Director and Chief Financial Officer

Dom was appointed as a Director and Chief Financial Officer of Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC) in December 2021.

Before joining PIC as Chief Actuary in 2017 he was a partner at PwC, leading the company’s UK life actuarial practice. Dom is a Fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries and is a Member of FRC’s Actuarial Advisory Panel.