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Mike Smaje

Trustee Executive


Mike joined BESTrustees early in 2020. He has over 28 years’ pensions experience, as a Scheme Actuary and Investment Consultant on both corporate and trustee assignments. He currently represents BESTrustees on seven pension schemes, including two where he acts as Chair.

Mike has worked with trustee boards for his whole career, and has experience working with many governance models, such as common investment funds, sole trusteeships and implementation of fiduciary management, where he has in-depth provider experience. He has worked with schemes of all sizes, from very small to several £billions, across many sectors including major global corporations and SMEs.

He has worked on several liability management transactions, including member options exercises, scheme wind-ups, buy-outs, buy-ins and longevity swaps as well as many M&A transactions.

Mike was an Investment Partner at Aon for two years and prior to that he spent 19 years with Willis Towers Watson. He also spent two years working for a leading global investment manager, helping them to build an innovative LDI proposition. He is a fully Accredited Member of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT).

Mike specialises in Investment matters and Integrated Risk Management. He is a very strong communicator, with a collaborative and pragmatic approach to balancing the interests of all parties.

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