Demand for software and consultancy in preparation for A-Day stimulates growth at Dunstan Thomas

Growth in demand for its pensions administration software and IT consultancy has led Dunstan Thomas to recruit five new people and take up larger premises in Portsmouth. The company has also launched a new website focusing on specific system alterations needed to support changes in the make up of pensions policies following the passing of the Pensions Act 2004. These system alterations need to be made ahead of A-Day on April 6th 2006.

Dunstan Thomas, founded in 1986, has built up four key practices – Dunstan Thomas Pensions which designs, sells and integrates pensions administration software for this industry; Dunstan Thomas Consultancy which provides best-of-breed IT solutions and software for multiple markets; Dunstan Thomas Training which provides technical and business training; and Dunstan Thomas CRM which provides Customer Relationship Management software and consultancy. In total the company now employs 30 people.

The five new senior appointments are:

Glen Brown who joins Dunstan Thomas Pensions practice in the Imago:Illustrations team as a software engineer. His experience includes developing front office software systems for the banking and financial sectors including applications for the foreign exchange, commodities, derivatives and hedge fund marketplaces

Ian Briscoe has joined the Dunstan Thomas Pensions practice in the Imago:Administration team as a senior software engineer. Briscoe has 15 years of commercial experience working with various systems and protocols. He brings a well-rounded understanding of Oracle database development, COM+ programming and XSLT for generating Delphi and PL/SQL code

Giles Lindsay joins as senior software engineer. Lindsay has strong development and project management skills acquired from many years in software development across a variety of industry sectors

Mick O’Connor also joins Dunstan Thomas as a software engineer and brings with him extensive experience in server database development, web development and PC / Network support

David Mitchell will further strengthen Dunstan Thomas Pensions in the Imago:Administration business unit as a new business analyst responsible for managing the requirements and functionality of new systems. Mitchell has 35 years experience within the IT industry as a developer, designer and analyst the majority of which was spent on International banking and financial systems with companies such as NatWest, Bank of Montreal and Chase Manhattan Bank.

The new Dunstan Thomas website has been re-designed to allow visitors a more streamlined and intuitive point of reference for information retrieval. The new format is designed to assist pension administrators as they make their preparations for A-Day in less than 14 months time.

Chris Read, chairman of Dunstan Thomas, commented:

"We are acutely aware that the industry is facing a turbulent time ahead of A-Day. Every month in the lead up to A-Day, we will be addressing a specific area of A-Day systems change, offering advice and solutions via our website and combining this with targeted direct mail campaign. By talking to the industry and working through the issues we will be able to assist companies to make the necessary changes in order to take advantage of this industry revolution which will take effect on A-Day on 6th April 2006".

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