Sopra Steria Appoints Michael Lightfoot as Director of Pensions

London, 09 April, 2019 – Sopra Steria today announced the appointment of Michael Lightfoot to the position of Director of Pensions where he will drive the direction and strategy of its pension services.

Sopra Steria today announced the appointment of Michael Lightfoot to the position of Director of Pensions where he will drive the direction and strategy of its pension services.

In this role he will focus primarily on developing Sopra Steria’s next generation member services, supporting strategic opportunities and strengthening Sopra Steria and its Joint Ventures (SSCL and NHS SBS) current position, helping it expand into broader sectors.

Michael joins the team from Aquila Heywood, one of the largest providers of life, pension and investment software systems in the UK and Ireland where he was the Group Business Development Director.

During his tenure he was responsible for developing propositions to serve the market across public sector, financial service, enterprise, systems integrator and independent software vendor channels, as well as building out bespoke solutions.  He increased revenues through development of new engagement strategies that underpinned the enterprise value of the business in preparation for a corporate transaction. In addition, Michael developed a close working relationship and influence across government and industry for the Pensions Dashboard initiative.

He has over 18 years’ experience in strategic alliance, business development and product innovation roles across EMEA and North America for businesses including GMC Software, Microsoft, Multimap and Virgin Media. He also has a proven track record of establishing new markets and delivering new revenue streams.

Michael’s appointment will support Sopra Steria and its Joint Ventures continued work to bolster its pension services by introducing an innovative and transformational defined benefits pension administration service. This will revolutionise the member experience, aimed at bringing the pension into an effortless part of everyday life.

The service will also revolutionise the role of the employer, reducing the burden of administration and data management across organisations.

Paul Sellick, Head of Public Sector Sales, Sopra Steria said: “We’re extremely excited to welcome Michael into our Sopra Steria family. His extensive experience in business development, strategy and life, pension and investment software systems perfectly complements our newly defined pension services which, under his watchful eye will provide our customers with the strongest services on the market.”

Michael Lightfoot, Director of Pensions, Sopra Steria and SSCL said: “I’m delighted to be joining the ambitious and forward-thinking teams at Sopra Steria and Joint Ventures. Not only are the teams setting the standard in HR, pension and administration services but its new direction will truly deliver the evolution the industry requires.”



About Sopra Steria

Sopra Steria is a European leader in digital transformation providing one of the most comprehensive portfolios of end to end service offerings on the market: Consulting, Systems Integration, Software Development, Infrastructure Management and Business Process Services. Sopra Steria is trusted by leading private and public organisations to deliver successful transformation programmes that address their most complex and critical business challenges. Combining added value, innovation and high-quality services, Sopra Steria enables its customers to make the best use of information technology. With more than 44,000 employees in 25 countries, Sopra Steria generated revenue of €4.1 billion in 2018.

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Note to Editors:

  • For further information about SSCL visit
  • SSCL is a joint venture between the Cabinet Office (25%) and Sopra Steria (75%)
  • The company operates across six locations in England and Wales
  • SSCL provides Pension, Finance and Accounting, HR, Payroll, Recruitment and Vetting services to the largest government departments and police
  • It provides services to more than 300,000 employees of public sector agencies, managing the payroll for over 260,000 public sector employees