The market-leading institutional investment platform

Over 700 Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension scheme clients trust us to administer over £25 billion of their members’ assets.*
*at 31 December 2021

About Mobius Life

Mobius Life was established in 1997 and has serviced the UK pension market ever since. The Mobius Life brand was born in 2014, when the company was acquired by its management team and investors in a management buy-out, and the business concentrated on the provision of institutional investment platform services.

Both the name and logo of Mobius Life have been inspired by the Mobius strip – a simple yet extraordinary continuous one-sided form, typically compared to the infinity symbol. This represents our straightforward way of thinking and the wide range of investment solutions available to our clients.

Our approach

Fully focused

Our sole proposition is to provide the best solutions for pension schemes. Our independence means our entire focus is on creating value and the best outcomes for our clients.

Single global platform

Our clients benefit from one platform, one system and one team, without the burden of legacy systems, combined with a pragmatic, down-to-earth approach.

No conflicts of interest

We’re independent so we don’t have any bias towards ‘house funds’, thus eliminating any potential conflicts of interest.

Life-wrapped funds

We are a UK regulated unit-linked life insurance company meaning our clients benefit from tax-efficient ‘life-wrapped’ funds designed for UK pension schemes.

Exceptional governance

As a life insurance company, you can be confident we meet the extremely high governance standards required by the UK regulators.

Financial security

Our clients benefit from the security of our financial reserves which exceed the regulatory capital requirements.

Meet the team

James Finch
Chief Executive Officer

James was appointed CEO of Mobius Life in 2022. He is passionate about fostering a collaborative environment to ensure Mobius delivers the best outcomes for its diverse range of clients, be they trustees, advisors, pension funds, master trusts or asset managers. With over 25 years’ experience in leadership roles at JPMorgan Asset Management, BGI (now part of Blackrock) and most recently as Managing Director in the Global Liquidity Business at UBS Asset Management, James has a track record of developing and leading high growth, operationally intensive businesses from start-up to scale.

Learn more about James here

Vanessa Emens
Chief Group Operating Officer

Vanessa has over 25 years’ experience working in senior roles at RSA, Partnership Assurance (now JUST) and the Northview Group. Her experience includes the management and implementation of technological and cultural change to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients and stakeholders. She joined Mobius in 2022 from Cardano, where she was Chief Operating Officer.

Hugh Cutler
Chief Commercial Officer

Hugh is a highly experienced investment management professional, with 25 years of leadership in global distribution, solutions and executive roles. Hugh leads the Mobius Client Solutions Team, working with existing and new clients to understand and deliver the most effective tailored investment solutions. Hugh has held senior positions in distribution and solutions roles for leading companies including BGI (now part of Blackrock), LGIM and AMG with experience across multiple asset classes, channels and investment styles. He has overseen global distribution and solutions across all major regions and channels and managed large and geographically dispersed teams. Hugh is a qualified actuary.

Ian Dawkins
Chief Finance Officer

Ian is the CFO of Mobius Life, having joined in March 2019. He has worked predominantly within the financial services sector over the past 25 years since qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with BDO. Before Mobius Life, Ian was European CFO at AllianceBernstein.

Rowena Scarbrough
Chief Risk Officer

Rowena joined Mobius Life in June 2020 as Chief Risk Officer, following roles at Prudential and M&G spanning risk and internal audit. Prior to this, Rowena spent 7 years at the Financial Services Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority, primarily working in the area of life insurance supervision.

Laura Catterick
Commercial Director

Laura is responsible for front office activities at Mobius Life, including oversight of client relationships. Before this role, she was the Chief Operating Officer, first joining the business in 2006. Prior to Mobius Life, Laura managed the dealing and pricing teams at CCLA Investment Management and Henderson Global Investors.

Nick Gallimore
Strategic Development Director

Nick has over 30 years’ experience in financial services roles both overseas and in the United Kingdom. He joined Mobius Life in October 2010 from Liberty in South Africa and is responsible for Mobius Life’s strategic development and several key client relationships.

Mithesh Varsani
Chief Investment Officer

Mithesh joined in 2009 and is a CFA charterholder with a depth of experience in strategic research, asset allocation and portfolio management. As Chief Investment Officer he is responsible for leading the development of Mobius Life’s investment solutions and strategy, working within the Client Solutions team to support clients and asset managers to take on their challenges to improve outcomes and create value. He has helped position Mobius since joining building out the range of investment capabilities with the recent focus on bespoke structured solutions to allow clients to gain exposure to derivative strategies, private markets and sustainable assets.

Joshun Sandhu
Director, Asset Manager Solutions

Joshun joined Mobius Life in 2013 as an LSE graduate and is a CFA Charterholder. Working within our Client Solutions Team, he is responsible for developing our business and partnerships with asset managers. Joshun works closely with managers to identify and develop innovative solutions, including private markets offerings for our DC clients.

Louisa Harding
Head of Client Relations

Louisa joined Mobius Life in November 2017 as Head of Client Relations, following 8 years at GPP covering client account management, operations and trade execution. She is responsible for the client reporting and servicing functions within Mobius and focused on understanding and delivering solutions to help meet client requirements.

Nathan Travell
Change Director

Nathan joined Mobius in 2021 to lead the business change function. He is a business solutions specialist with over 25 years’ experience delivering digital transformation and advanced process and systems solutions across the global financial services industry. Prior to Mobius, he worked in senior product roles for technology companies Temenos Multifonds and Milestone Group.

Kath Rainger
Head of People and Culture

Kath is a senior HR Leader with extensive experience of working with global teams, client groups and growing businesses to support and evolve cultural change as well as people leadership and development.  With over 25 years’ experience across multiple business sectors including technology, engineering, and construction, she joined most recently from global payments provider Zepz where she was a senior business partner responsible for teams and individuals in the US, Canada, South Africa, Philippines and Europe.

Emma Sibley
Head of Asset Transfers

Emma joined Mobius Life in August 2020 from Old Mutual Wealth where she gained 18 years experience working for an Institutional Investment Platform in implementation/project management and investment operations roles. Most recently, she spent 4 years as Head of Transitions overseeing executing transitions on/off the platform along with BAU activity and restructuring of scheme assets. Emma is a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.

Governance

As a regulated life company, Mobius Life has a rigorous corporate governance framework overseen by the board of directors.
The Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee (“ARC”) is responsible for:
  • The oversight of the quality and integrity of accounting and reporting practices, controls and financial statements
  • Reviewing performance of the internal audit function and the independent auditors
  • Taking a forward-looking perspective on risk matters
  • The oversight, quality and performance of the Risk Management and Compliance functions


The ARC membership consists of three independent non-executive directors of Mobius Life Limited.

We commission BDO LLP to conduct an independent audit to test our compliance with the AAF 01/20 internal control framework principles. Our annual company audit is performed by E&Y. Both audits conduct detailed sample testing across all aspects of the investment platform, with particular emphasis on the investment administration function.

In line with good industry practice, we operate a three lines of defence model with appropriate monitoring of processes and controls provided by the risk and compliance functions and assurance on the effectiveness of those controls provided by internal audit.

Diversity of the governing body

Mobius Life’s governing body has a Board Diversity policy in place to ensure composition of the Board displays diversity in its broadest sense, to enable it to benefit from a range of perspectives, insights and challenges to support good decision making. Recruitment to the Board is made on merit whilst seeking to ensure diversity of thought and experience.

Reporting and disclosures

Stewardship policy

Corporate social responsibility

We are committed to modelling the responsible corporate behaviours that our clients, employees, investors and other stakeholders rightly expect. Environmental, social and governance issues are considered at the most senior levels of our business and are acknowledged as an area for continuous focus and development.

“Transition onto the Mobius platform was straightforward. Managing our managers and strategy changes are faster, cheaper and well documented for audit. The recent introduction of their ESG monitoring has further helped in meeting the increasing compliance burden on trustees.”

Pete Godding, BESTrustees

Join our team

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals with a can-do mindset to join the Mobius Life team. To find out more about career opportunities at Mobius Life, please get in touch.