English-born world traveller Martin was determined to work for an innovative, independent company - and have a high quality life. Hymans Robertson offered exactly that. He and his family now enjoy their relaxed pace of life near Stirling.
Why work in Scotland?
I’m originally from England but was brought up in the Netherlands and Nigeria as my parents were language teachers and travelled for their jobs.
I worked in England with an actuarial consultancy then got an opportunity at the company’s offshore office in Trinidad and Tobago to advise on pension plans throughout the Caribbean.
Working there made me think about what I wanted from my career and future. I realised I wanted to work for an independent, medium-sized company but with a good quality of life.
When I returned to the UK the company was soon taken over by a US firm so I decided to look around. My parents used to live in Largs on the west coast of Scotland and I liked its relaxed pace of life. It was also less expensive place to live compared to the south east of England.
Hymans Robertson was the right size and operates as a partnership – it had that spirit of independence and definitely seemed to be punching above its weight.
Working for Hymans Robertson
I joined the company in 2004 and I’m now a partner and consultant actuary specialising in pensions. I advise trustees and companies on their schemes, specifically the measurement and management of risk.
I’m also Scottish leader with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
Living in Scotland
We live on the edge of the Trossachs and Loch Lomond National Park near Stirling but have easy access to both Glasgow and Edinburgh. It’s nice to have the best of both worlds – the tranquility and beauty of the country but close to larger cities.
We’ve made a lot of good friends. Our children have settled into school really well – and they are getting a quality education.
For me, it’s a great place to live and bring up a family. We have a wonderful home and we truly get to enjoy the outdoor life. It’s nice to be able to enjoy our weekends in beautiful scenery on the edge of a national park.
We love being here so much that for the last couple of years we’ve even spent our holidays in Scotland.