Zahir joined us in 2008 and is a former director of BESTrustees.

Prior to 2008, Zahir was a partner in a major accountancy practice, where he established their highly successful Pensions Group.

A Chartered Accountant by training, his current appointments cover a wide range of pension schemes and diverse industry sectors, including several appointments as Chair of Trustees and two as a Sole Trustee. Zahir is also experienced in negotiating with employers on funding and other issues and with his background is quick to understand and appreciate a company’s financial position and corporate objectives.

Zahir takes a particular interest in governance and investment issues and currently Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Pensions Sub-Committee and past Chair of their Pensions Research Accountants Group where he remains on the Board. In these capacities he has regular contact with the DWP and the Pensions Regulator on regulatory developments.

Zahir is a fully accredited professional trustee with the APPT and is also Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.