Derek Ryan

Director, Personal financial planning


Areas of expertise

Pensions; retirement services; Defined Benefit (DB) transfers.


Derek is head of retirement asset services at Smith & Williamson’s Dublin office. He has been working in the pensions industry since 1988 and previously held roles with several well-known stockbrokers and the Irish Pensions Trust. Derek is approved as a pensioneer trustee and is responsible for structuring bespoke approved retirement schemes.

Notable achievements

  • Pensioneer trustee to over 100 company pension schemes, giving him a wide understanding of many different business situations.
  • Regular speaker at public events related to pension planning in Ireland.
  • Expertise is in advising individuals of their pension options on a bespoke basis, be it DB wind downs, personal retirement savings accounts (PRSAs), approved retirement funds (ARFs) or choices at retirement.

Professional qualifications/memberships

Irish Institute of Pension Managers Associate (IIPMA), Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) UK and holder of a B.Comm. degree from University College Dublin.



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