Reliable and trustworthy

Between them, the Directors of Talbot and Muir have years of experience in the self administered pension scheme marketplace.

Our business is built on the calibre of staff that we employ, and their ongoing training and development. Of paramount importance are the service levels that our Introducers and their clients experience when dealing with us and this is where we differentiate ourselves from the competition.


Ross Allen

Chief Operating Officer

Ross has an extensive career in IT and Operations, holding a number of leadership roles, most recently as Platform Development Director at abrdn. Ross has significant experience of running large operational environments and complex Transformation and Integration programmes, including the acquisition of the Elevate platform by Standard Life. Earlier in his career Ross was a consultant with Accenture where he specialised in delivering technology change across a number of sectors.

Ross joined Curtis Banks as Chief Operating Officer in May 2023.

Paul Darvill

Administration and Technical Director

Paul has been involved in the financial services industry for all of his working life. After spending nine years gaining experience with life assurance companies, he joined Talbot and Muir in 1995 as a SSAS Administrator. Paul now heads up the firm’s entire administration function, and during his many years with us has gained considerable knowledge and technical expertise in the SSAS and SIPP fields.

Chris Hall

Head of Advisor Support

Chris joined Talbot and Muir in 2013,bringing with him 30 years experience in Life and Pensions. His career has mostly been within the branch networks of Clerical Medical and more recently Aegon UK, where he was a Sales Support Manager responsible for new business sales support. Chris also spent several years working within the IFA side of the industry and so is fully aware of the importance of good service. Chris now heads up the Adviser Support function at Talbot and Muir.

Peter Moran

Head of SIPP

Pete has worked in pensions administration for many years. He spent five years at Prudential where he worked in numerous back office roles before joining Talbot and Muir in 2002 as a SIPP Administrator. Pete now manages the firm’s SIPP administration function, supervising and training our team of SIPP Administrators.

Thomas Hickling

Head of SSAS

Tom started his career in the pensions industry at Winterthur Life (now AXA Wealth), where he was later selected to develop their SIPP product. He joined Talbot and Muir in 2009 as a SIPP Administrator, and moved to the SSAS department after several years to gain further experience in the self-administered pensions field. Tom now manages the firm’s SSAS administration function, overseeing SSAS establishments and takeovers as well as supervising our team of SSAS Administrators.

Gemma Fenton

Head of Sales

Gemma joined Talbot and Muir in 2016, and has 20 plus years of experience in the Self Invested Pensions market.  Gemma focuses on growing relationships and supporting advisers and their clients and holds the Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning.  Gemma now heads up the sales team for Talbot and Muir.

Outside of work Gemma is a keen golfer and enjoys walking.