11 December 2018
Smart's chief strategy officer wins top investment award.
Smart Pension's chief strategy officer has been named Investment Actuary of the Year in a top set of awards.
The accolades, run by Actuarial Post, highlight the work of investment professionals working at the cutting edge of finance.
Michelle Darracott, who joined Smart earlier this year from her role at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) beat off some tough opposition, after winning the public vote.
Michelle said: "I was truly humbled to be nominated; to win was absolutely phenomenal and felt amazing, particularly when you consider who I was up against.
"The fact that I won the public vote makes it mean that much more. Awards like these are not only a fantastic boost for the recipient, they shine a light on the profession as a whole, and play an important role in ensuring the industry continues to attract people of the highest calibre. It's great to be part of it."
Andrew Evans, co-founder and CEO of Smart Pension, said: "I've known and worked with Michelle for many years, both while she was at LGIM and now she is l eading our strategy here at Smart. She is unusual in that she possesses impressive integrity, capabilities and insight, whilst being totally grounded. She thoroughly deserves this award."
Notes to editors
ABOUT SMART PENSION:
Smart Pension is a global savings technology platform provider. It is also one of the UK's largest providers of workplace pensions. Its award-winning master trust is MAF-accredited and overseen by independent professional trustees. It was co-founded in 2014 by Andrew Evans, CEO, and Will Wynne, MD, and launched in May 2015. Europe's second largest asset manager Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) took a minority stake in the digital pension platform in 2016, part of a move by LGIM to invest in high-achieving, innovative technology that has a positive impact on the wider economy. In June 2017 it was named Fintech Innovation of the Year and overall winner in the Digital Leaders 100 awards, in June 2018 it was named as Master Trust of the Year at the European Pension Awards. www.AutoEnrolment.co.uk