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Stuart McLean, Associate Director, Pensions and Benefits

On Wednesday 17 May, LBS is holding its first Employee Benefits Fair. The fair, which will be held in Quad Marquee straight after the School Meeting, will showcase all of the benefits available to you with advice from experts and suppliers as well as your HR and L&D teams.

Life@LBS met with Stuart McLean to find out more about what is involved in his role as Associate Director, Pensions and Benefits.

  • What does your typical day at LBS look like?

I know it’s a cliché but there really isn’t a typical day in my role at LBS. Those that know me will know I’m an early bird and I really like the quiet start to the day to deal with emails and plan my day. I will often have meetings with our many benefit providers, and most days I meet individually with both staff and faculty to help with their pensions; this is a part of my role that I especially enjoy. I try and fit in a bit of exercise – I can certainly recommend the body sculpt class at the gym – and I finish the day with a bit of reflection and preparation for the next day.

  • Can you tell us a little bit about what your job involves?

It’s pensions, pensions, pensions and then some benefits. I’m quite lucky that I deal with things that are good for people and help people. I make sure the School is compliant (serious stuff) in our pensions and benefits offerings, and I also help staff and faculty understand and utilise their pensions benefits. I manage the contracts and relationships with most of our benefit providers to make sure we are offering the best benefits we can, and I keep an eye out for new opportunities. Right now, I’m really excited about the Benefits Fair – so everyone, please do come along!

  • What would you like to have achieved during your time at LBS?

Very simply, I want to demystify the world of pensions. For most people pensions should be quite straightforward but the pensions industry has a terrible habit of making things sounds much more complicated than they actually are by using lots of jargon. If anyone reading this is confused by their pension, please do come and see me and I’ll do my best to make it clear.

  • What keeps you motivated?

Well, a good Liverpool FC result at the weekend gives me great motivation for the week. When that doesn’t happen, which has been quite a lot recently, I get motivation out of the satisfaction of helping people. Helping people with their pensions is extremely rewarding, whether that’s helping them understand how the pensions works when they first arrive at the School or helping people realise their benefits when they approach retirement. It’s the same outside work, as a Duke of Edinburgh award volunteer I help participants to prepare for their expeditions.

  • What is top of your bucket list?

Travel, travel and more travel. I really enjoy exploring this amazing world of ours and visiting new and sometimes some familiar places. Top of the list – I’m torn between the Boxing Day test match in Melbourne and the Masters golf at Augusta.

  • What is the most important lesson life has taught you?

To quote Ferris Bueller:

 

  • Tell us something surprising about you…

What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas - I met the love of my life there, and a few years later we went back and got married!


 

Don't miss the Employee Benefits Fair , Wednesday 17 May, 10.30 - 14.00, Quad Marquee

Your chance to speak to the experts - plus discounts, healthy treats, gym challenges and your chance to win an Apple watch!