New Aquila Heywood Board Appointments

Aquila Heywood positions for accelerated growth with new Board appointments


Leading Pensions Software specialist Aquila Heywood has announced a number of Board level appointments. This will help Aquila Heywood accelerate strategic growth under the ownership of BlackRock’s Long Term Private Capital Fund (“LTPC”), which acquired the business in February 2021.


Chris Humphrey has joined as non-executive Chairman – 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.


Katie Davis has joined as a 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.


Sian Jones is joining as Chief Operating Officer (COO) on 1 October 2021 – Sian has extensive experience in Pensions Solutions and Technology working across both the Public and Private sectors and joins from Equiniti where she was MD of Workplace Pensions.


Fraser Smart has joined as 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.


Andy Ross, CEO of Aquila Heywood said

“These are exciting times for Aquila Heywood, our people and our customers, and I am confident that with the experience we now have at Board level, we are uniquely positioned to fulfil our ambition to become the UK’s leading provider of data-driven technology-enabled solutions for all Workplace Pensions”.
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