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Bill Galvin appointed as CEO to leading UK pension group 3173

  • Bill Galvin former CEO of both the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to assume CEO role from 1 March 2024
  • 3173 Group includes leading pension businesses Dalriada Trustees Limited, Spence & Partners and Mantle

3173 Limited (“3173” or “the Group”) a leading UK pension governance, advisory, investment and technology group which includes the Dalriada Trustees, Spence & Partners and Mantle businesses, is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Galvin as CEO Designate. Bill will join 3173 on 22 January as CEO Designate and assume full responsibility as CEO from 1 March.

Bill will take over from current CEO and Founder of 3173, Brian Spence who is stepping down from his executive role but will continue in a non-executive capacity as Deputy Chair, alongside Stephan Wilcke as Chair.  Brian will keep some pre-existing client responsibilities and retain his investment in the Group, made at the time of the June 2022 management buy-out of the Group supported by growth investor, Synova. As CEO of 3173, Bill will support Chris Roberts, Alan Collins and Mike Selby the Managing Directors of Dalriada Trustees, Spence & Partners and Mantle respectively, as they look to grow these businesses.

Bill previously served as CEO of USS (the UK’s largest pension scheme) for over a decade During his time as CEO, Bill built a high-performing executive team, and steered the scheme through very challenging circumstances. Under his charge, USS created significant value for members: introducing an innovative hybrid pension offering, building a sector-leading in-house investment team, and creating a pension administration function that receives excellent ratings for service levels and decision support. Prior to joining the USS, Bill spent almost five years at the Pensions Regulator, latterly as CEO, where he was responsible for the efficient regulation and supervision of the UK pension market notably during the launch and introduction of autoenrollment in 2012.

Brian Spence CEO and Co-founder of 3173 commented, “Our ability to attract an executive of Bill Galvin’s experience and reputation is testament to the strength of our Group and its offering for the best talent in the pensions industry. Bill’s appointment as CEO Designate, is another step forward in our ongoing management transition process to position the Group for its next phase of its growth and follows the appointment of managing directors for each of the businesses announced in 2022.  Bill’s experience and long track record makes him the ideal candidate to lead and support the Group’s businesses through the ever-evolving pension market.  I am looking forward to the next phase of my career as a non-executive director supporting Bill and the fantastic 3173 team.

Bill Galvin CEO Designate of 3173 commented, “Our sector is changing rapidly, new and ambitious industry participants are stepping up to the challenge to deliver better outcomes for members and better propositions to scheme sponsors.  That makes it a very exciting time to join a group with such a broad range of market leading services, underpinned by really exceptional talent and very innovative tools.  I look forward to supporting the leadership teams of Dalriada, Mantle and Spence & Partners and their clients to deliver integrated, cost-effective solutions so that all types of pension schemes can deliver sustainable and secure pensions to an increasingly engaged and rightfully demanding membership.”