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Meet the Team

We believe that the role of our leaders within Aquila Heywood is to put the needs of others first, to coach and help people develop and perform as highly as possible.

Our Senior Leadership Team

Chris Humphrey


Chris has extensive experience growing and scaling technology businesses and currently sits on the Boards of Aveva Group plc, an industrial software provider; Vitec Group plc, a leading provider of hardware and software solutions to the content creation market; and Eckoh Plc, a customer engagement and contact solutions provider.

Andy Ross


Andy is an experienced senior executive and has held a number of CEO and Board-level positions.

With an overall responsibility for developing  business strategy, Andy has 30+ years’ experience in software, consultancy and systems integration. He has also sat on a number of different committees in both Westminster and Stormont.

Katie Davis

Non-Executive Director

Katie has extensive experience in digital transformation, and has held a variety of senior roles in Government, including the Cabinet Office and as Director General of NHS Infomatics.  Katie is also on the board of digital transformation specialist Kainos. 

Fraser Smart

Strategic Advisor to the Board

Fraser has deep knowledge of the Pensions sector.  In addition to having been a partner at Hymans Robertson and President/Executive Managing Director of Buck Consultants LLC, Fraser was most recently CEO of BA Pensions, the organisation responsible for managing the UK defined benefit schemes of British Airways plc.

Colin Lewis

Managing Director
Employer Services

Colin started his career when he joined the Cheshire Pension Fund in 1975. He has worked for Aquila Heywood for over 30 years and has many roles. More recently he has been involved in the development and roll-out of pension solutions for Employers participating in Public Service Pension Schemes.

Antony Buck

Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Accountant with 30 years finance experience including 8 years in audit and accountancy practices, 16 years within listed businesses and 6 years in privately owned and private equity backed businesses.

Antony has experience in several sectors including technology, financial services, retail and travel.

Chris White

Head of Information Security and Compliance

Chris has over 20 years’ experience in the disciplines of Quality Assurance and Testing. 

Chris is involved across the business ensuring the security and safety of all data and systems and that processes are documented and followed. Chris takes the lead role in maintaining our Cyber Security and ISO certifications.

David O'Keefe-Williams

Head of Business Development and Alliances

David is responsible for leading engagement with prospective customers to leverage our solutions in order to deliver cost savings, drive compliance and provide access to leading digital solutions for all stakeholders. David is also responsible for developing strategic alliances to deliver these solutions.

Emma Langford

General Counsel

Emma is a UK and US (New York) qualified lawyer, with 18 years post-qualification experience of leading large teams of both lawyers and non-lawyers, in the UK and Europe.  

Joining in 2019, Emma is responsible for overseeing all legal matters, including commercial contracts, company law, corporate, compliance and GDPR.

Fredric Karlsson

Head of Software and Product

Fredric leads the Technology area as Head of Software & Product.


Having started as a graduate 8 years ago, Fredric is now focused on scaling up the technology capabilities of the business to vitalise and deliver Aquila Heywood’s vision and product strategy.

Louise Donohue

Operations Director

Louise has substantial experience of creating and growing service offerings and has accountability for delivering all aspects of support and implementation services to customers. An advocate for an agile, customer centric and collaborative approach, Louise has led significant transformation programmes and delivered sustainable change.

Paul Owens

Head of Customer Relationships

Paul has worked in the pensions industry for 30 years, the last 22 with Aquila Heywood. 

Following roles in consultancy and then as a Customer Relationship Manager (CRM), Paul now leads a team of eight CRMs who play a key role in understanding the complexities and challenges faced by customers.

Sarah Pugh

Head of People

Sarah is responsible for all aspects of people and culture. 

With over 13 years’ experience within fintech, design/engineering software, and accountancy industries. Sarah’s previous experience also includes Europe, Asia Pacific and South Africa.

Sarah has a Post Graduate Diploma in HR Management.