Keith is a Chartered accountant and professional trustee working out of Dalriada’s offices in London. Prior to joining Dalriada, Keith spent 15 years helping to build and then lead Grant Thornton’s national pensions advisory practice. He was previously a partner in the restructuring practices at Ernst & Young LLP and RSM Robson Rhodes.
He works in an inclusive and collaborative way with advisers to help integrate the management of covenant, investment and funding risk. His covenant and restructuring background and extensive experience of working with trustees and sponsors means he can understand and help respond quickly to the impact on covenant of corporate transactions such as sales, acquisitions, corporate re-financings and restructurings.
Keith has worked with trustee boards across a range of scheme sizes (£5m-£2+bn) and industries working with both trustees and sponsors in UK and overseas listed and private companies and private equity backed organisations.
He has used his covenant expertise and stakeholder management skills to improve the security of member benefits for single and multi-employer pension schemes. He has also acted for schemes in many of the UK’s highest profile corporate restructurings. This has involved critical financial analysis, and leading negotiations for trustees with management and other financial stakeholders and their advisers, including extensive liaison with The Pensions Regulator and the Pension Protection Fund to optimise outcomes for all stakeholders.
Keith is a past Chair of the Employer Covenant Working Group (now the Employee Covenant Practitioner Association) a trade body aimed at developing industry best practice and the promotion of covenant advice, with the pensions industry including its Regulatory bodies and Government.