Martin Tilley leaves Dentons after 30 years with business

Hannah Godfrey reports...

Former director of technical services Martin Tilley has left Dentons Pension Management after 30 years at the business.

Tilley (pictured) is moving onto pastures new at a wealth management firm, where he will continue to work in the self-invested personal pension (SIPP) and small self-administered scheme (SSAS) sector. He will begin his new role in January.

Tilley has been replaced at Dentons by Stephen McPhillips, who has been at the firm since January 2012. McPhillips has spent all of his working life in the member-directed pensions sector, having worked for the likes of Pointon York, Cofunds, James Hay and Scottish Equitable.

He joined the industry 30 years ago, training as a SSAS administrator looking after his own portfolio of SSAS clients and soon became a field-based SSAS consultant, which involved providing face-to-face SSAS consultancy services to clients, their financial advisers and accountants.

Dentons joint managing director Derrick Fowler thanked Tilley for his tenure at the firm, saying: “Having spent 30 years with us, Martin has decided to move into a wealth management role and will be leaving Dentons in January. He goes with our very best wishes and we thank him for his contribution to the business.

He continued: “With over three decades of SIPP and SSAS experience [McPhillips] was an obvious choice to move into this position. His technical knowledge is second to none and we look forward to continuing to provide expert help and support to advisers and their clients.”

McPhillips said: “There has been unprecedented change in the SIPP and SSAS sector since I joined Dentons back in 2012. Advisers are looking to partner with SIPP providers that are committed to the market and are investing to ensure they have the people, systems and processes in place to provide high-quality administration. That is Dentons in a nutshell, and I look forward to continuing to provide technical help and guidance to advisers.”

Tilley said he was unable to comment on his move at this stage.