Mercer has announced the appointment of Steve Sands as leader of its UK Financial Planning Business. Mr. Sands will be responsible for leading the continued integration of the JLT and Mercer Jelf financial planning teams into one business, and for setting the strategic direction to drive further growth and further assist individuals as they plan to improve their financial wellness. Mr Sands will oversee a 200-strong team that includes 50 financial planners. He will report to Benoit Hudon, Mercer’s UK Wealth Leader.
Mr Sands has over 25 years’ experience in the financial planning industry, with particular expertise in wealth management and platform technology. Most recently, he was the UK Director of Platform Distribution and Workplace Relationships at Standard Life. Prior to this role, he was Head of Workplace Relationships and he also served as Head of UK Platform Intermediary Relationships and Head of UK Platform Relationships.
“I am delighted to take on this role at Mercer at such an exciting time,” said Mr Sands. “In an ever more complex world of pensions and investment, we are well positioned to help our clients navigate their financial challenges. With a technology enabled process, we aim to help them meet their long-term objectives and ultimately give them piece of mind.”
Mr Hudon commented: “Financial planning can be a complicated and time consuming process, so having trustworthy expert advice is key. We are pleased to have Steve join us, as we feel that his passion and comprehensive knowledge of the market will ultimately help our clients best address their financial issues and goals.”
Mercer delivers advice and technology-driven solutions that help organizations meet the health, wealth and career needs of a changing workforce. Mercer’s more than 25,000 employees are based in 44 countries and the firm operates in over 130 countries. Mercer is a business of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy and people with 76,000 colleagues and annualized revenue approaching $17 billion. Through its market-leading businesses including Marsh, Guy Carpenter and Oliver Wyman, Marsh & McLennan helps clients navigate an increasingly dynamic and complex environment. For more information, visit www.mercer.com. Follow Mercer on Twitter @Mercer. In the UK, Mercer Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.