Meet the Board

Club Vita LLP's Board includes experts from a range of specialties including data cleansing, multi-variate statistical techniques, technology and process design, actuarial mathematics and more.  

You can get in touch by by emailing us here.

John Wright
John Wright
Designate of Hymans Robertson, Chair

John Wright

John Wright is a Glasgow-based partner at Hymans Robertson LLP, a shareholder in Club Vita. 

In his current role at Hymans Robertson, he is a director on the executive management board with responsibility for its diversifying business areas. These include HR’s Life and Financial Services consulting team and B2B investment services for the retail advice market as well as Club Vita. John also oversees HR’s incubator.

Previously John led HR’s public sector consulting team. He continues to support the local government team including client teams advising multi-billion LGPS asset pools. John is an actuary with three decades of experience in financial services. Before joining HR in 2005, John spent 15 years in UK life insurer roles.

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Jennifer Haid
Jennifer Haid
Chief Executive, Club Vita LLP

Jennifer Haid

Jenny is Club Vita’s latest senior recruit, and heads Club Vita LLP, the overarching company that shares our statistical insights and expertise across our three country operations in UK, US and Canada. Jenny works closely with Douglas in delivering the next wave of Club Vita’s growth through innovation and internationalisation, from her New York base.

Previously, Jenny was vice president Strategic Marketing and Product Development at American International Group in New York City, where she established a new international pension reinsurance capability. Prior to AIG, Jenny worked for EY in New York consulting to the insurance community and in Toronto at Willis Towers Watson consulting to large multi-nationals on issues related to their pension programs. Jenny is a regular speaker and an author of several industry papers. She serves on the Society of Actuaries’ Board of Directors, was a founding member of its Longevity Advisory Group and acts as a leader and advocate for Diversity & Inclusion.

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Douglas Anderson
Douglas Anderson
Founder, and Head of Business Development

Douglas Anderson

Douglas is an entrepreneurial actuary, who provided the original inspiration for what we now know as Club Vita.

His thirty year actuarial career has had three phases. Douglas was grounded in diverse actuarial problems with ten years as a UK public servant. This was followed by a decade as a consulting pension actuary for Hymans Robertson – advising both public and private sector clients. Since founding Club Vita in 2008, he has concentrated on innovating in data science of longevity. Today, Douglas remains a hands-on leader, working closely with Jenny Haid, splitting his time between the UK and France.

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Clive Fortes
Clive Fortes
Designate of Hymans Robertson

Clive Fortes

Clive is a London-based partner in Hymans Robertson’s corporate consulting practice. 

He qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in 1991 and joined Hymans Robertson in 1996. Clive specialises in advising corporate entities on their pension issues, focusing on long term strategic solutions including risk management, plan funding and design, liability management programmes and general corporate advice in relation to pension provision. He also has extensive experience in corporate restructuring and re-organisations, merger and acquisition negotiations and UK and international pension accounting.

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Karen Gilchrist
Karen Gilchrist
Designate of Hymans Robertson

Karen Gilchrist

Karen is General Counsel of Hymans Robertson, leading a legal team with a focus on our data and technology solutions and commercial contracts. She is based in Edinburgh. 

Prior to joining HR in 2015 she was General Counsel for Carphone Warehouse in the UK and supported Standard Life with their investment platform, product wrappers and international arms.

She has over 20 years experience as a commercial and corporate lawyer, establishing joint ventures and leading acquisitions internationally. 

Karen has played a key role in bringing Club Vita’s internationalisation to life, enabling contractual onboarding of new pension plan, advisor and insurer clients, supporting a global offering.

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Emma McWilliam
Emma McWilliam
Designate of Hymans Robertson

Emma McWilliam

Emma is a London-based partner of Hymans Robertson, advising life insurers and reinsurers on actuarial issues, with over 20 years industry experience.  

Emma joined Hymans Robertson in 2014 to lead the growth of risk and consulting services to the life insurance industry.  Previously she worked for Milliman and Ernst & Young in London, New York and Zurich. Emma has expertise in the annuity / longevity markets, as well as financial reporting for life insurers. She has advised on a full range of assignments covering mergers and acquisitions, annuity transfers, longevity de-risking, market entry analyses, product development, reinsurance optimisation, as well as worked on assignments covering IFRS, Solvency II, embedded value, and risk and capital management. 

Emma chairs the Financial Reporting Practitioner Committee of the industry trade body ILAG (Investment and Life Assurance Group) and is also published editor of the book 'Longevity Risk' by Risk Books.

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Chris Brisebois
Chris Brisebois
Designate of Eckler

Chris Brisebois

Chris is a member of Eckler’s Investment Consulting Practice in Toronto and has more than 20 years of broad experience in pension consulting, investment consulting and investment management. In this role, he has overseen the establishment of Club Vita in Canada.

As an investment expert, Chris has served a wide variety of clients during his career and has special expertise in providing meaningful and practical advice in areas such as asset allocation and investment policy, performance evaluation, modeling, and investment manager selection.

Prior to joining Eckler in 2009, Chris was a vice president at an investment management firm.

Chris is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree. Chris is a CFA Charterholder and a Fellow of Society of Actuaries and Canadian Institute of Actuaries.

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Dan Ryan
Dan Ryan
Independent

Dan Ryan

Dan Ryan is Chief Science Officer for Coios Research, based in Oxfordshire, UK.     

Dan brings expertise in medical and behavioural science to Club Vita’s board. Before recently branching out on his own, he led the research and development function of Swiss Re and prior to that was responsible for creating Willis Towers Watson’s longevity proposition. Dan also chaired the Life and Longevity Markets Association, an initiative to encourage capital markets investor participation in the longevity risk market. 

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Brian Okupski
Brian Okupski
Independent

Brian Okupski

Brian Okupski is CMG’s chief commercial officer and is responsible for the go-to-market strategy leading Sales, Marketing, Customer Success and Services. He has more than 25 years of experience in financial information.

Prior to joining CMG, Brian was managing director and head of strategy for Managed Services at IHS Markit, a leader in digital information and services. During this time, Brian was also privileged to serve on the CFTC Technology Advisory Committee to foster standardization within the trade/settlement of credit derivatives in the wake of the financial crisis.

Prior to joining IHS Markit, Brian enjoyed a 20-year career at Bloomberg, where he focused on developing services at the intersection of financial data, analytics and technology.  

He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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