Matt Ward

Communications Director

AKG Financial Analytics Ltd

Practitioner Member

Member since: 01 Jun 2009

Matt attended the Royal Grammar School in High Wycombe before joining AXA Equity & Law in 1993 where he spent five years working in the Executive Pension department.
In 1998 Matt joined independent product research company, The Research Department Ltd, which subsequently became Defaqto Ltd. Matt worked at Defaqto for over 15 years in a range of research roles, including Head of Pensions, and his final position was in the role of Wealth Management Consultant.
Through these roles Matt has acquired an extensive knowledge of individual and corporate pensions, in particular he has closely followed the development of the SIPP and retirement income markets. Matt has also spent time studying the UK platform market and in more recent years has closely followed the emergence of outsourced investment solutions targeted at financial advisers, including multi-asset managed funds and discretionary fund management (DFM) services.
Matt joined AKG Actuaries & Consultants in July 2014 to take on the role of Head of Communications. Matt leads on communication and marketing activities and supports the AKG team with the delivery of their core provider profiling exercises. He is also involved in the development and delivery of AKG’s consultancy services proposition to product providers and financial advisers.
Matt is a board member of the Investment and Life Assurance Group (ILAG) and currently chairs ILAG’s Wealth Management Strategy Group.