We are Con Keating and Jon Spain.
Head of Research at Brighton Rock Group, Con is currently a member of the steering committee of the financial econometrics research centre at the University of Warwick and of the Society Universitaire Europeene de Recherche en Finance. As a research fellow of the Finance Development Centre he has published widely on the regulation of financial institutions, including pension systems and also developed new statistical tools, such as Omega functions and metrics, for the analysis of financial data. From 1994 to 2001, Con was chairman of the committee on methods and measures of the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies. Con has served as an advisor and consultant to the OECD's private pensions committee and to the World Bank's pensions group.
Con has worked as an investment manager, project (infrastructure) and corporate financier and research analyst. He managed the NATO provident fund from 1971 - 1976. From 1976 to 1984, Con worked on a number of international infrastructure projects while domiciled in New York. During this time he served on the boards of a number of educational and charitable foundations and managed one of the first international equity and bond portfolios for an ERISA pension fund (GTE Pension). He is currently head of research for Brighton Rock Group, a pensions indemnity assurance company.
Jon Spain has been a UK pensions actuary for over 40 years and has also qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (which was no easier than becoming an FIA). Formerly with private firms of consulting actuaries, he worked for GAD for 28 years until May 2018. Apart from worrying about actuaries not targeting inflation in a sensible manner (this website), he also maintains websites on the long-term discount rate problem and long-term equity returns. Although they are still online, Jon intends to update liabilities smoothing at some point but neither FRS17 in pictures nor arbitration in pictures are not expected to be updated any time soon. He is also currently Treasurer of three charities.