Patrick Bloomfield, partner and senior actuary at Hymans Robertson and fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, has passed away unexpectedly.
“Our love and thoughts are with Patrick’s family at this very sad and difficult time,” the consultancy stated.
“Patrick was a leading figure in the pensions industry for over 25 years, bringing his remarkable blend of professional curiosity and charm to his work with colleagues, clients and beyond,” it added.
Bloomfield joined Hymans Robertson in 2004 and was made a partner in 2006 and an equity member of the firm in 2010. He provided strategic defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) advice to a range of industry leading schemes and employers.
Having led the firm’s trustee DB business Bloomfield’s more recent focus was pensions policy, especially in his role as senior actuary. As well as his work at Hymans Robertson, he has been a chair for the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) between 2020 and 2022.
Jon Hatchett, senior partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “We are all in shock at the untimely loss of our much-loved colleague Patrick. His professional brilliance and flamboyant personality made him a treasured leader and guiding force throughout Hymans Robertson for nearly 20 years. He cared deeply about the firm and everything we believe, and his contribution will leave a mark on the firm for many, many years.”
Hatchett also said that Bloomfield was “passionate about developing pensions policy in ways that deliver the best outcomes for employers, trustees and savers” and was always looking at ways in which he could positively influence change.
“He will be greatly missed,” Hatchett added.
ACA chair Steven Taylor said: “We were deeply shocked to hear the terrible news of Patrick Bloomfield’s sudden, unexpected passing. Patrick steered the ACA through the two difficult years of the pandemic, which coincided with his period as ACA chair. His leadership through that period ensured we adapted to the challenges presented by the pandemic, helping members to actively participate in the ACA’s activities, whilst vigorously pursuing its representational role to government, regulators and other bodies.”
Taylor said Bloomfield will be remembered for his outstanding contributions to ACA’s public policy initiatives and his collegiate approach to managing the association, “always exercising his responsibilities with kindness and a smile”.