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Paul Couchman

Managing Director


My near 40 years in the pensions and benefits industry has been varied, interesting and at times pretty exciting. Having been a management trainee in what was the DHSS (now DWP) but wanting to move into the private sector, I took an opportunity as a trainee pensions administrator with Noble Lowndes, and the rest as they say is history.

After a few short stints in similar roles I joined MPA as a pensions consultant in late 1982 and two years later we became the start of Mercers’ rapid expansion. Rising through the ranks there as a pensions consultant, office head, Head of Sales and Marketing, Head of Pensions Administration, Regional Head of Consulting and a member of the UK Board, there were plenty of challenges and exciting client projects, mainly in the City of London, to get involved with.

After 22 years, the opportunity to join Dai and help him develop the Premier business was too good an opportunity to turn down and seeing the team grow from a few of us to over 150 people in 14 years has been challenging but great fun. From a professional point of view, I have been involved with the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) since I started in pensions – I studied for the professional exams leading to Associate Membership in 1980, extending this to Fellowship about 10 years later and then, more recently serving on council, the board and finally serving as President from 2013-2015 which was a great honour.

For Premier there are still plenty of opportunities to grow the business on the back of the great reputation we have developed and I’m really looking forward to the coming years as we do that.

A bit more about me...

I have always been heavily involved in sport, playing rugby, football, cricket and squash amongst others and watching Motorsport with my dad. With my playing days behind me it’s the watching that takes up my time, whether it be following the Gunners (since primary school….), Harlequins and England Rugby Union. I also watch Motorsport – especially British Touring Cars at Brands Hatch twice year!!

Other than that I do love my food, as does my wife, Victoria. So whilst one week it might be fine dining, the next week it will be the local Chinese!!