Richard Law-Deeks, CEO, Royal Mail Pensions
'Pension governance and risk management must be regularly tested for rigour and effectiveness. The crisis management exercise Avida International and Strategia Worldwide organised for us was incredibly useful in identifying our strengths as well as isolating areas where improvements can be made. I would thoroughly recommend the exercise and Avida to fellow pension funds.'
Ian McKinlay, Chief Investment Officer, Lloyds Banking Group
'We recently worked through a programme with Avida and Strategia to help us manage our business through a crisis. Whilst no one could have predicted COVID-19, in the last several days the lessons learned are resonating very strongly. Put simply, we’ve felt very much better prepared to deal with the challenges.'
Chris Hogg, CEO, National Grid Pension Schemes
'Avida have demonstrated a market leading edge in strategic pensions governance thinking, and in a short time period have been able to understand our challenges and work with us to evolve our thinking. Our relationship with them is relatively new, but they have added much value.'
Joanna Matthews, Independent Chair of the Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme (CAAPS)
‘Avida’s guidance to the trustees in improving investment governance has been hugely helpful. I appreciated their professionalism, integrity and independence in helping us to explore the options and find the right solution for us as a board.’
Annemarie Straathof, CFO Europe at Rabobank
‘Avida International is a trusted partner for us, providing professional, independent advisory and support services regarding pension and governance matters.’
Chris Ralph, Chief Investment Officer at St James’ Place plc
‘Constructive, insightful and useful suggestions as to how we can improve our investment process.’
Sarah Smart, Chair of the Trustee Board of The Pensions Trust and David Adkins, CIO of The Pensions Trust
‘Challenging, objective, and structured approach helped us to improve our investment governance function.’
drs. C.J. van Rees, former CEO of Shell Pension Fund NL and former chairman of the European Federation for Retirement Provision
‘Cost-conscious, no-nonsense approach, immediately seeing the gist of the case.’
Peter Dunscombe, member of investment committees of The Pensions Trust, Reed Elsevier Pension Fund and St. James’s Place plc., until recently Head of Pension Investments BBC Pension Trust
‘Industry leaders in investment governance and strategic in- and outsourcing decisions.’
Bill Galvin, CEO at USS
‘Avida helped us with our thinking in some important areas: they provided high quality people and their independence of perspective was valuable to the Executive and the Board.’
John Price, Chairman of the Mars Wrigley UK Pension Scheme
'Avida developed creative and effective ways to adapt its fiduciary manager selection methodology for the remote working conditions of the Covid pandemic. Avida’s wide experience across the pensions industry provided a context that was a key element in designing an insightful programme.’