Willis Towers Watson promotes Andrew Povah and Nick Barrett

04 March 2020 Consultancy.com.au

Willis Towers Watson has made two changes in its Australia leadership team. Nick Barrett takes over as the new Head of Investment Strategy and Andrew Povah is the new Head of Core Advisory.

Barrett is an investment expert who has spent the entirety of his professional career at Willis Towers Watson. A graduate in commerce and finance from Macquarie University, he joined the consulting firm in 2004 as a Superannuation Consultant, a role that he occupied for seven years before becoming an Investment Consultant in 2011.

He was appointed Senior Investment Consultant in 2016, and has now made his way up to Head of Investment Strategy at the firm. In his new role, Barrett is tasked with overseeing advisory services in the asset allocations and investment space. He takes over effective immediately.

Andrew Povah and Nick Barrett - Willis Towers Watson

Povah’s expertise also lies in the investment space. He is a graduate in Mathematics from the University of Nottingham, and spent the first decade of his professional career as an Investment Consultant at rival Aon Hewitt. He joined Willis Towers Watson as a Senior Investment Consultant in 2008.

After 11 years at Willis Towers Watson, he now takes over as Head of Core Advisory, seeing him manage the firm’s traditional asset advisory and consulting activities for institutions across Australia.

According to Director of Investments for Willis Towers Watson Australia Martin Goss, the new appointments will help drive the firm’s progress. “We're delighted that Andy and Nick have stepped up to these leadership roles, and will continue our mission of providing best-in-class investment solutions across our client base,” he said.

Willis Towers Watson Australia is led by Simon Weaver, who took the reins of the Australasia region early last year. Meanwhile, six months ago, Willis Towers Watson acquired Sydney-based insurance advisory firm Risk Capital Advisors, as part of its strategy to expand its risk consulting capabilities in the region.


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