About us  

Steve Barker      Follow SteveBarker1970 on Twitter

I have 23 years' experience in investments and pensions.  I am a qualified actuary and an ex-fund manager. I managed bond and derivative portfolios, first for Commercial Union and then for GE Capital.  I then found my vocation on the other side as an investment consultant.  After what was effectively an apprenticeship with PricewaterhouseCoopers, I built and ran three investment consultancy practices - at Gissings, SBJ Benefit Consultants and JLT Benefit Solutions - before deciding to set up my own with my friend and ex-colleague, Charles.  

 

Charles Tatham      Follow CharlesTatham on Twitter

I have 31 years' pensions and investment experience gained at asset managers and consultancies. I specialise in the design and implementation of risk management solutions. Before joining Steve at JLT Benefit Solutions to help him set up the investment practice there, I advised on and implemented client strategies at Investment Solutions, Legal & General Investment Management and Ernst & Young.  Like Steve, I am a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and hold the Investment Management Certificate.

 

Our logo

Our logo is the Apis Mellifera or European honey bee.  Despite each individual being small (typically 5-15mm long) collectively they have a profound impact on our economy and environment.

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man."

There is some debate about who actually made this remark.  It is often attributed to Albert Einstein, but few scientists now believe this doomsday scenario will actually happen.  Nevertheless, the apocalyptic vision is an indication of how important honeybees are to the world’s agricultural economy.  It is estimated that a third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees.  Their role in the food chain is so important that in 2007 the National Audit Office collated research working out the value of honeybees to the UK economy.  The value of the bees’ services was estimated at £200m a year.  The retail value of what they pollinate was valued closer to £1bn.