Ellie Dobson


I am a qualified actuary working at Isio, which was formerly KPMG’s UK pensions practice, having joined as a graduate after deciding that a maths degree should lead to something more interesting than being an accountant... I’ve been lucky enough to have been involved in a massive range of work since joining the firm, including advising trustee and corporate clients in all aspects of pensions consulting, across a wide range of industries. I also sit on Isio’s specialist “Operational Excellence” team which supports trustees and employers in achieving robust governance and improving administration processes, a role which has given me the opportunity to develop market insight on different trustee operating models and structures, and best practice governance policies and procedures.


The thing I value most about my role at Isio is the team I get to work with every day. As a firm we pride ourselves on being innovative and bright, but this year has shown me that we’re more than that – it really feels like a family. Having only become Isio in March, we headed straight into a lockdown and working from home has presented extra challenges for everybody: whether it’s attempting to juggle parenting with work and study, trying to strike a healthy work life balance when you’re surrounded by the same four walls day in day out, or even if it’s just trying to perfect that sourdough bread starter…everybody has faced hurdles and it’s been amazing to be able to group together (albeit virtually!) and support each other. In particular, one of the things I’m passionate about it developing an inclusive and diverse team where everybody is valued for being themselves.


Outside of work I enjoying travelling, food and running (to balance out the food). The photo shows me at the 2019 London marathon, which was my third (and slowest!) marathon. Hopefully mass events like this will return soon!

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