Defined Contribution Team

Our defined contribution team is driven by:

  • Deep investment expertise — Gain insights from investment professionals across a broad range of asset classes, including experts in indexed and actively managed strategies.
  • A sharp focus on client needs — Benefit from a dedicated client engagement team that ensures the coordination of all scheme changes and communications efforts on your behalf.
  • A strong commitment to creating better outcomes for scheme members — Gain access to fresh thinking and new solutions designed to improve members’ retirement outcomes.

We have a team of experienced and dedicated professionals who are passionate about retirement and committed to help you design, implement and manage the best possible solutions.

Learn more about our team:

Nigel Aston Senior Managing Director, Head of European Defined Contribution View Bio

Nigel Aston Senior Managing Director, Head of European Defined Contribution

Nigel is a Senior Managing Director of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) and the Head of European Defined Contribution, part of the SSGA global DC franchise. Nigel is a frequent commentator on DC investment issues, as well as the key company DC liaison with industry, government and regulatory bodies. He sits on the Pension Management Institute (PMI) External Affairs Committee, Investment Management Association (IMA) DC Pensions Committee and the Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) Global Committee.

Alistair Byrne Head of European DC Investment Strategy View Bio

Alistair Byrne Head of European DC Investment Strategy

Alistair leads SSGA's European DC Investment Strategy Team and is responsible for developing the firm's investment proposition for DC clients, working with consultants, platforms, plan sponsors and trustees. He is well known for thought leadership in the DC market, regularly publishing research, speaking at conferences and being quoted in the press.

Prior to joining State Street in 2014, Alistair was a Senior DC Investment Consultant at Towers Watson, where he advised a number of large DC plans and led a team of DC consultants and analysts. He has over 20 years investment experience, including as a consultant advising financial services firms, a business school academic and in a number of senior investment management roles at AEGON UK.

Alistair is a CFA charterholder and has a PhD in finance from the University of Strathclyde.

Daniel Leuty UK Head of Strategic DC Clients, Institutional Sales View Bio

Daniel John Leuty UK Head of Strategic DC Clients, Institutional Sales

Daniel is Vice President and UK Head of Strategic DC Clients, Institutional Sales at State Street Global Advisors Ltd. Daniel has specific responsibility of leading the growth and management of our UK DC client base which will include relationships with UK DC pension platforms, DC Master Trusts, plan sponsors and DC Trustee boards.

Daniel has enjoyed a career in DC spanning in excess of 15 years and before joining SSGA he was Head of the DC Business Development team and a member of the DC Leadership team at Friends Life. Prior to this Daniel gained experience consulting on DC issues at both PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mercer and was a Senior Manager within Fidelity's DC business development team.

Adam Grainger Chief Operating Officer View Bio

Adam Grainger Chief Operating Officer

Adam is the Chief Operating Officer of State Street Global Advisors' European Defined Contribution business, based in London.

He is responsible for its smooth operational running and client experience across relationship management, product, operations, investment, and marketing.

Adam gained a wealth of DC and DB experience as an independent consultant implementing and transforming operating models and institutional client experiences for the likes of JP Morgan Asset Management and BlackRock, amongst others. Before that, he held a number of senior manager positions in AEGON Asset Management.

Adam has an MBA from the London Business School.

Maiyuresh Rajah Senior DC Investment Strategist View Bio

Maiyuresh Rajah Senior DC Investment Strategist

Maiyuresh is a Vice President and Senior DC Investment Strategist at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). As a member of the UK DC team, Maiyuresh promotes SSGA’s DC proposition to pension scheme trustees and sponsors, supports SSGA’s existing client base with their investment strategies and helps develop SSGA’s UK DC products and solutions.

Maiyuresh joined SSGA from Mercer where he was responsible for new business development in the South for Mercer's DC pensions solution, Mercer Workplace Savings. Prior to this, he was responsible for development and delivery of the investment proposition. Maiyuresh has over ten years’ experience in DC business and proposition development, and before that he worked as an investment consultant, advising institutional investors on a range of issues, including investment strategy, portfolio structure and manager selection.

Maiyuresh holds a BSc in Economics with Actuarial Studies and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.

Sahil Sethi Senior DC Investment Strategist View Bio

Sahil Sethi Senior DC Investment Strategist

Sahil joined State Street Global Advisors in August 2013 as a DC Strategist to work on business strategy, develop the DC Investment Proposition and collaborate with clients and consultants to ensure State Street's DC offering remains competitive and market leading.

Sahil has over a decade of experience in DC, spanning roles in the provider, consulting and asset management space. Before joining State Street, Sahil was a DC Investment Consultant at Towers Watson advising trustees and companies on their scheme's investment strategy and a range of services which included manager and provider selection, transition advice, performance evaluation and member communications. Prior to that, Sahil was an Investment Proposition Manager at Fidelity and was responsible for the development of the investment offering on Fidelity's DC and Retail platforms.

Sahil holds a First Class BSc (Hons) in Computer Science from City University (London), is IMC qualified and is a CFA charter holder.

Sophie Ballard Senior DC Relationship Manager View Bio

Sophie Ballard Senior DC Relationship Manager

Sophie is Vice President and Senior DC Relationship Manager at State Street Global Advisors Ltd.

Having worked in the Institutional Client Group for 3 years as a Senior Relationship Manager across both Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension schemes, Sophie joined the DC team in January 2016 to focus on the growth and management of our UK DC corporate clients.

Prior to this, Sophie worked in client management roles in the UK and US for which she was responsible for increasing engagement with institutional investors. Sophie holds a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Nottingham and is IMC qualified.

Emily Barlow DC Investment Strategist View Bio

Emily Barlow DC Investment Strategist

Emily joined State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in 2015 as a DC Investment Strategist to work on the development of the DC Investment Proposition. Before joining SSGA, Emily worked for Zurich as a Corporate Proposition Consultant, working on DC product developments and marketing. Prior to her role as a Corporate Proposition Consultant, Emily was on the Zurich General Management Graduate scheme where she completed placements in Retail and Intermediary Governance, Markets and Customer Insights, Risk and Capital Management and Corporate Propositions.

Emily holds a Masters in Chemistry from Oxford University, a diploma in regulated financial planning and is IMC qualified.

Liam Bates Client Account Manager View Bio

Liam Bates Client Account Manager

Liam Bates is a Client Account Manager within the Relationship Management Team at State Street Global Advisors London. Liam is responsible for providing great service and addressing any day-to-day queries for our DC clients.

Liam joined SSGA in June 2015 and previously worked at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, working primarily with institutional clients including pensions, charities and platforms.

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