Graduate Profile – Martin Purvis
I joined Spence & Partners on 1st July 2009, returned as a graduate in 2011 and my journey still continues with sister company Dalriada Trustees.
Studying Actuarial Science and Risk Management at Queens University Belfast, I was required to spend my third year on placement gaining real life experience. Studying such a specialised course presented the difficult task of finding a suitable company that matched not just my course, but me as an individual.
I initially learned of Spence through my QUB careers advisor, admittedly I knew little about actuarial firms in practice at that time. Perfectly sized, it offered the opportunity to work closely with different professionals on a wide range of projects.
Immediately my position within the company became clear, I was not treated as a placement student, but as an equal member of staff. On a daily basis I worked with a variety of actuaries, consultants, accountants and pension administrators.
“Each day I would be presented with new tasks, new projects and new challenges.”
Under the inexhaustible guidance of my colleagues, I gained experience at a phenomenal rate. I was actively encouraged to take responsibility for my own work alongside involvement on numerous group projects. As my time at Spence progressed, I gained not only much needed experience, but a drive to forge a career within this industry. Returning as a graduate I joined the pension database function, specialising in data transition, audit and management.
This provided me with the opportunity to build a technical understanding of data and the numerous platforms used within the industry. I set to work on adding a new technical dimension to my actuarial and pensions background.
In December 2013 I progressed to the consultancy team, working under the banner of Spence’s sister company, Dalriada Trustees Limited. I now work on a wide range of schemes, both Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution. A number of my schemes have been appointed to us via The Pensions Regulator or the Courts, many amidst suspicions of ‘Pensions Liberation Fraud’, a corruptive approach used to offer early access to retirement savings.
To work on such high profile and difficult cases, at such an early stage of my career, is a testament to the opportunities made available to me. Benefiting from the guidance of a senior consultant on a daily basis, I am now immersed in a challenging and interesting career.