Willis Expands UK Employee Benefits Practice

February 19, 2008

Willis Group Holdings announced that its UK Employee Benefits Practice would be further strengthened by three senior appointees and the expansion of its capabilities to Reading.

Jamie Simmons and Chris Bhatt, who have a combined 28 years of experience in the field, will join Willis London office as Client Relationship Manager and Business Development Director respectively.

Simmons comes from Heath Lambert and will be responsible for advising a portfolio of clients on all aspects of their Group Risk and Healthcare programs. Bhatt joins Willis from PIFC Consulting plc. He previously worked with HSBC Actuaries & Consultants Ltd. and will be “providing full consultancy services, and in particular he will advise on benefit strategies to the M&A markets,” said Willis.

Willis has also hired Stephen Bartlett as a consultant for its Reading Employee Benefits Practice office. “This role will enable him to address a broad range of topics on behalf of employers and the trustees, and he will also have the overall responsibility for the delivery of the range of services engaged from Willis as the Client Account Director,” said the bulletin.

Bartlett has over 20 years of experience in the Employee Benefits field, having worked for eight years with Jardine Lloyd Thompson, and previously with Norwich Union and Royal & Sun Alliance.

Tony Powis, Managing Director of the Willis’ UK Employee Benefits Practice, commented: “In September of last year we added Employee Benefits capabilities to our Manchester office, and I am delighted that we are now expanding these services to our Reading office. The development of the EB presence in Willis’ regional offices is a key feature of our business plan and as we identify further talent we will continue the expanding our EB offering into our regional office network. We are only prepared to hire the best people in the industry and our latest additions to the team are testament to this.”

Source: Willis – www.willis.com

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