Domestic Pensions

Our History

Our History

We're proud to be the largest bespoke International Pension provider of its type in the Isle of Man.

We provide retirement solutions across national and international barriers, helping to solve future retirement challenges for hard-working individuals and corporates.

A Successful Pedigree

The Sea Green colours adopted by Equilibrium Pensions derive from the Sea Green plain Racing colours one of only 19 plain racing colours in existence today.

The Sea Green plain racing colours were originally owned by John Reid–Walker Great Grandfather of the managing director (Tim Boles). They were used to great effect to win the Ascot Gold Cup in 1928 and 1929 with “Invershin” a powerful 7 year old, who was fast enough to beat the much fancied Reigh Count, winner of the 1928 Kentucky Derby, and of the 1929 Coronation stakes at Ascot by two lengths. Owner John Reid-Walker was not as surprised as he might have been, because Invershin won the same race the year before.

More recently the colours were seen on “Van Ness” out for the first time since the Second World War. Van Ness won its race at the 2010 Grand Military held at Sandown Park. The picture shows Tim Edwards, jockey and Tim Boles collecting the trophy from HRH The Princess Royal.

If one were to create an amalgam of these successful horses’ names we find the other coincidence of this incredible story. Tim Boles has a home previously owned by John Reid-Walker near Inverness!

Princess Anne Prize Giving
Tim Edwards and Tim Boles collecting the trophy from HRH The Princess Royal.

Senior Board

Timothy C Boles

Chartered FCSI, FRGS, FRSA, FinstLM

Brought up in the Highlands of Scotland, Timothy Coleridge Boles (Tim) was commissioned into the Blues and Royals in 1978. He served in Belize, Canada, Northern Ireland, Germany and London at London District Headquarters, as well as a tour with the United Nations in Cyprus. He joined Sedgwick in the City of London in 1986.

In 1989 he was headhunted to join Gardner Mountain & Capel Cure Ltd. (GMCC), being appointed a Director and Compliance Officer in 1990. In 1991 he set up the Agency's dedicated Research and Evaluation department having completed work on the first risk code analysis programme available at that time. He remained in the City of London fulfilling a number of similar executive positions until 2000. He set up and subsequently sold Everitt Boles Motorsport Insurance Management, an insurance broker.

He was appointed Chairman of AKG Group ('AKG') and related companies in 2000. AKG acquired Dentons Pension Management ('DPM') in 2001, and after overcoming significant structural problems, enabled it to become the fifth biggest Pension Company of its type in its market, AKG sold DPM at a significant profit in late 2005. AKG Actuaries & Consultants Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary, is the leading research and rating Agency for all Life and Pension Companies and IFAs in Europe.

Following a move to the Isle of Man he became Managing Director of Simcocks Pensions Limited in June 2003, a Company he set up in conjunction with Simcocks Advocates Limited, a local Isle of Man law firm. Simcocks Pensions Limited provides and administers bespoke and specialised Pension Products to the International and Domestic (Isle of Man) pension market and has now established itself as one of the largest International Pension providers and administrators of its type in the Isle of Man. Simcocks Pensions was renamed Equilibrium Pensions Limited following acquisition by management in 2010.

Away from work his interests include country pursuits, winter sports and motor racing. His racing activities are managed through TCB Racing. He is secretary and founder of the Classic Camaro Club, and holds an International Motor Racing licence.

Nigel Bunting

After attending Gordonstoun School and the College of Law in Guildford, Nigel joined Lloyds of London Insurance broker CT Bowring & Co in 1979, which subsequently became Marsh & McLennan. In 1984 Nigel became an Underwriting Agent, initially working for Merrett Syndicates Ltd, and then later becoming a Director of Christie Brockbank Shipton Ltd, and thence Gardner Mountain & Capel Cure Ltd, where Tim Boles was head of research.

In 1997 Nigel joined Suffolk Life, an embryonic Insurance company based in Ipswich, with fewer than 10 members of staff. Nigel became a Director in 1998, and over the next 10 years played a pivotal role turning the company into one of the countrys leading self-invested personal pension (SIPP) administrators. Nigel was for many years not only the main Media contact at Suffolk Life, but also had sole responsibility for the Sales & Marketing of the business. Suffolk Life won the FT Pensions Management publication Best SIPP award for three consecutive years in 2002, 2003 & 2004, a feat which had never been done, either before or since.

By 2007 Suffolk Life had 180 members of staff, and £2.5 billion assets under management. In 2008 the business was bought by Legal & General for £62.5m, and since then Nigel has focused on his various Charitable & Investment interests.

Since 1988 Nigel has been married to Claire, and they have 3 Children; Miranda, Oliver & Eleanor. His interests include his Family, Home, Gardening and playing Bridge. He is also a keen Cricket enthusiast, a member of the MCC, Boodles, and a season ticket holder at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Robert Currey

BSc. DFAstrolS

Robert James Drummond Currey (Robert) was educated at Eton. After graduating in 1977, he started his career as a sugar broker mainly selling Australian sugar to Japan with C Czarnikow in the City of London.

In 1981, he founded his astrological company, Equinox and initially traded in London. At first, Robert Currey worked as a consultant, writer and teacher. During the 80s he developed software to streamline his written chart interpretations, and to create a unique personal analysis.

In 1989, widespread demand for these Equinox Charts led him to open the Astrology Shop in Covent Garden, Central London. The store was the first shop in a prime location to be dedicated to astrology and run by astrologers. It is still flourishing and is universally acknowledged as the leading astrological shop in the world.

In 2000, Robert Currey and his wife, astrologer Karen, settled in the Isle of Man to operate on a mail order basis. They now run a world-wide network with offices in the USA and Australia. Much of his time is spent writing, researching and programming his bespoke software programmes.

As a non-executive director at EPL, Robert Currey has focused on building up his knowledge of compliance and brings his experience in media and technology.

Robert has two children. His interests include winter sports, Scottish Country dancing, running and walking. In 2015 he completed the 85 mile Isle of Man Parish Walk in a time of 17 hours 26 minutes and later won a bronze medal in the GB men’s national 100 mile walk championship.

Iain Messenger

Chartered Accountant ACA

Iain Messenger was born in Dundee in 1960 and has fulfilled a number of senior roles in financial services:

Having undertaken a variety of financial and strategic roles across a number of sectors. Most recently acted as Chairman of board of MWR Infosecurity which was recently sold in a trade sale to European Cyber security concern, having previously acted as de facto Finance Director. Was director of finance and risk of Creation Property Ltd, a property sourcing and Management Company based in Central London investing in prime residential property. Other contemporaneous roles include.