Ian Bell

Partner, head of pensions
Ian Bell
Partner, head of pensions


Ian has over 30 years' experience in pension scheme audit and advisory and is currently responsible for some of RSM’s largest pension scheme audits, several with assets exceeding £1bn.

Ian holds the Retirement Provision Certificate with the Pensions Management Institute and has passed all modules in the Pensions Regulator toolkit. He was instrumental in the design of RSM’s suite of advisory and risk management toolkits for pension scheme trustees, along with our governance benchmarking tool. 

Ian has led our fraud awareness programme for pension scheme trustees and is a regular speaker at industry events on fraud and governance matters. He is also an independent trustee for a defined benefit scheme.

''As an accountant, no two days are the same and increasingly, we need to adapt the way we deliver our services to suit our clients’ needs. Focusing on the pensions sector allows me to understand the commercial issues facing our clients and develop our team and services to help them in the right way. Feeling part of an industry, seeing our team develop and adding value to our clients as a valued advisor is fulfilling for me.''

Outside of RSM, Ian enjoys his family life with three adult children, sharing a competitive interest in sports, particularly football and golf. Ian says, ‘My more recent hobby of growing vegetables in the back garden makes my golfing ability look good!"

Ian’s RSM timeline:

  • 2020: appointed Chair of Partnership Council 
  • 2016: appointed head of travel and tourism
  • 2000: appointed head of pensions

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