Staff case studies
At Premier we recruit staff at all levels across our business teams


Mark Hoare

Your role and when you joined

I joined Premier in January 2008 in my first graduate role after completing a physical sciences degree.  My work involves performing a wide variety of actuarial calculations, from those affecting individual pension scheme members' benefits to those influencing scheme-wide funding decisions.  I am also involved in developing technical actuarial models, drafting reports and presentations, and checking other individuals' work.  Outside the office I also spend a considerable amount of time studying for the actuarial exams, which I am about two thirds of the way through completing.

Why you joined, what attracted you and what were your initial aspirations.

Having never previously worked in the pensions industry before joining Premier I had few expectations about what things would be like working here.  I have, though, thoroughly enjoyed my time at Premier and the success of the business can be seen by the number of colleagues tripling in size during this period. 

Why you enjoy working here?

I particularly enjoy the diverse nature of the work that I am involved with along with the serious but fun working environment.

Future hopes for you and the firm.

My hopes for the future are that the company will continue to flourish and that I will complete the actuarial qualification and finish studying within the next couple of years."



Trudy Burd

Your role and when you joined

My current role is Team Leader for Premier Benefit Solutions and I joined on 5th January 2009.

Brief previous career history

I left college at 17 and worked for Equity & Law / AXA for 19 years in a variety of administration / sales support roles in 5 different locations (Swindon, Bristol, Holborn, London West End and Croydon).

Why you joined, what attracted you and what were your initial aspirations.

The AXA Croydon office was closed and my role was moved to Basingstoke so I chose to take a redundancy package from AXA in 2008.  Whilst on gardening leave a colleague advised me that a small local IFA was looking for someone to start up their back office.  I sent in my CV and was invited to attend an interview at our old premises in Capital Business Centre.  After my interview I knew I wanted the job.  The  people, company ethos and plans for the future were exactly what I was looking for.  Luckily for me I was offered the role. When I joined everyone made me feel very welcome and after working for a big corporation it felt wonderful to be treated as an individual.

How things have matched up since you joined?

The company has lived up to everything it offered me at my initial interview, it encourages a good work / life balance and stays true to itself.  I think we have grown quicker than expected but have continued to look for the right fit, also ensuring that we continue to provide a great level of service to our clients.

Why you enjoy working here?

I love working here - the people, the atmosphere, location and our clients.

Future hopes for you and the firm.

I wish to grow with the company and only want the best for us.  We deserve to succeed.