Professional Leader of Mercer’s UK Retirement business and Partner, Deborah Cooper, has been named Pensions Actuary of the Year by the Actuarial Post. Following an initial nomination and shortlisting process the final decision was put to public vote. Ms Cooper was the overwhelming winner in her category, receiving 54% of the votes.
Dr Cooper said: “I am delighted to receive this award. It was an honour just to have been nominated, but to get this ultimate recognition from those I work with in the pensions industry is exceptional.”
Mark Condron, Mercer’s UK Retirement Leader and Senior Partner commented: “We are immensely proud of Deborah and delighted that she has been named Pensions Actuary the year. Working with Deborah is a real joy, and she manages to strike the right balance between dealing with the complexity of the UK pensions industry and offering practical and insightful advice that brings real value to our clients. Well done Deborah!”
Dr Cooper is enjoying a long and distinguished career in the pensions industry. She qualified as an actuary in 1990, joined Mercer in 2000 and is currently the Professional Head of its UK Retirement business. She previously led, and continues as the senior actuary in its research group interpreting the legislative and regulatory requirements relevant to the services and advice Mercer offers its clients. She is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Council and a member of its Pensions Board. Dr Cooper also Chairs the Self Administered Pension Scheme Committee of the Continuous Mortality Investigation, and contributes to the work of the Association of Consulting Actuaries, through its pensions committee.
“Myself and the Actuarial Post team would like to congratulate Deborah on a deserved win. The response in each category was overwhelming so to win by such a margin as Deborah did is really an achievement.” said Ellie Burns, Editor, Actuarial Post.
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