Chris Sissons is an actuary specialising in superannuation and life insurance. He originally started with MJW in 2011 working primarily in Superannuation and Employee Benefits.
Chris re-joined MJW in 2022 after three years working at Resolution Life where he was involved in a range of activities including, group pricing, experience investigations, IFRS valuations, solvency calculations, and risk management. His life insurance experience also includes model development for a full range of contemporary life insurance products, along with valuation of traditional products and reinsurance calculations.
In the superannuation practice area, he provides a range of advice to both superannuation schemes and employers regarding benefit design, actuarial valuations, member communications, superannuation legislation, IAS19 and FASB accounting valuations and other actuarial issues.
He has also undertaken several ad hoc projects including unit price error correction and reviews of various calculators for public and private sector entities.
William Nelson is an actuary who has been providing investment consulting services since he joined MJW in 2011. William has broad experience providing advice to a variety of institutional investors such as superannuation schemes, charitable trusts and inheritance funds. He provides advice on all aspects of investment consulting, including the development of investment objectives, strategic asset allocation, SIPOs and manager selection and monitoring.
William is also skilled in complex investment modelling processes, such as asset/liability matching and savings projections tools in the context of the New Zealand regulatory environment. He plays a key role in developing and maintaining MJW’s capital markets model, which provides forecasts for future investment return and risk.
Ben Trollip is an actuary specialising in providing investment consulting advice to superannuation schemes, charitable trusts, and other institutional investors. He provides advice on a wide array of investment matters including the development of investment objectives, strategic asset allocation, manager selection and monitoring, and asset/liability modelling. In addition, he advises on issues such as currency hedging policy, asset rebalancing policy, and governance issues.
Ben began his career Melville Jessup Weaver before moving to our alliance partner, WTW, where he worked within the Sydney based manager research team. In this role, Ben researched investment managers in Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA. He was intimately involved in setting WTW’s research view and working with clients in selecting and developing investment mandates to suit their needs. Ben has assisted clients ranging in size to over $40 billion in assets under management.
Ben has written papers on a range of topics including Centralised Portfolio Management and Small Cap Equities, and has presented on topics such as Smart Beta.
Bernard Reid is an actuary with extensive experience in all aspects of superannuation and investment consulting. He has advised many New Zealand superannuation schemes in areas such as benefit design, actuarial issues, investment strategy, IAS19 and FASB accounting.
Bernard was a member of the Government-appointed Workplace Savings Working Group whose report led to the development of KiwiSaver.
Prior to joining Melville Jessup Weaver, Bernard was at Watson Wyatt/Mercer for 14 years, where he was the national practice leader of retirement consulting.