Sean Burnard


What past colleagues say

Iain Tait, Actuarial Director, Gemmell Financial Services Limited

Sean has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience that goes well beyond the traditional role of an actuary that has worked in pensions, with his subsequent expertise taking him into investment management and fulfilling the role of Chief Operating Officer. Sean has hands on knowledge of running a business including understanding different stakeholders' interests. I consider this, coupled with his pensions, investment and risk management background, as well as strong interpersonal and leadership skills, makes Sean a formidable addition to an already multi-talented team at Law Debenture.

Areas of expertise

Sean's 10 year career as an actuary followed by 12 years as an investment professional means he has developed a deep understanding of the investment needs of pension schemes and how to work with advisers to deliver on them.

His various COO roles have seen him develop his skills in all areas of operations including governance, a great asset for any pension trustee.

The combination of actuarial and investment background is a sound basis for pension trusteeship.

Notable successes

  • As a Pensions Actuary, provided Trustees with advice regarding their DB liabilities and DC scheme structure; executed asset/liability matching/investing and winding up of DB schemes.
  • Led all phases of operational and financial development of investment/asset manager and fund, including start-up phase and ongoing operational, financial, legal, information technology and compliance requirements.
  • Experienced across multiple asset classes – equities, fixed income (rates and credit), hedge funds, private equity, real estate (credit and equity) and multiple jurisdictions.
  • Worked with a number of Lloyd's Syndicates - assisted with treasury, reporting (asset exposure versus liabilities, investment, finance, compliance) and currency exposure management across multiple asset classes – fixed income being the principal asset class.

Sean's other positions

  • Non-executive, Vendian-Covenant Hospitality Partners, LLC

Sean in the news

Investment and Pensions Europe - Emerging markets: An outdated concept 

Professional roles and qualifications

  • Certificate in Company Direction (IOD) (2014)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries (FIA) (2005)