A day in the life of… Gavin Cowan

Find out first hand, what it’s like being a Manager at PTL from Gavin Cowan

What do you do?

I assist various Client Directors at PTL, working on a range of DB & DC pension schemes.

But what does that really mean?

I act as the Secretary to the Trustees which means planning meetings and providing formal minutes. I organise the documentation and carry out the actions that result from meetings. I maintain governance documentation and budget planning records. I am the main point of contact for the advisers and sponsoring employers and project manage anything that might need our involvement.

What are the most interesting aspects of your role?

The varied workload and meeting clients. Being out of the office for a couple of days a month is both refreshing and demanding, as I need to be fairly organised.

What skills/qualifications do you need to be a manager at PTL?

A good all round knowledge of pensions and a positive attitude. Mind reading skills are an advantage (joking!)

What sets PTL apart from other firms of Professional Trustees?

Excellent team work and structure for a company our size. There is always one of us at the end of a phone. The team will go that extra mile if need be, which clients truly appreciate. The staff at PTL and in particular the Leeds office really enjoy their work, which is reflected in our wide ranging client base.


Gavin joined PTL in July 2014. Formerly at Ashcourt Rowan Corporate Solutions, Gavin is a pensions and benefits professional. He brings with him a wealth of industry experience gained over eight years in the private sector covering DB, DC and Employee Benefits. Gavin has an open communication style, encouraging active participation through team work. He has managed a wide range of people from experienced consultants and actuaries through to administration assistants.

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