BIMA Awards 2022 Market leading investment platform

Produced by: Equator Produced for: Embark Group (Lloyds Banking Group)


Market leading investment platform

Embark, one of the UK’s largest retirement solution providers, chose Equator as the Digital Transformation Consultancy to update their retirement and investment platform, managing over £37bn in client assets. A business-critical project that has been a market-leading success, thanks to Equator.

Developing a new platform is no small task. Old Mutual Wealth attempted something similar and spent more than five years and £150m. Aviva’s re-platforming was so dogged with delays that it had to apologise to customers and stakeholders.

Embark Group entrusted Equator to redevelop their platform, update the technology, and deliver an intuitive experience. Working together, we launched the service in just two years for a fraction of the cost competitors spent, without apologies needing to be issued in the process.

The platform Equator created includes many never-before-seen innovative features and future-proof engineering, meaning the service can easily grow and adapt to Embark’s plans.

A ground-breaking, market-shaking result: better value, delivered faster and more fully featured than the competition. A project Equator, Embark, customers, and stakeholders are very proud of. Their new investor, Lloyds Banking Group, was also impressed: the platform was one of the reasons they chose to invest in the business.


Professional Services & Utilities: Silver

Get to know the team


  • Digital Programme Manager: Claire Gazard
  • Product Owner: Debbie Sinclair
  • Solution Consultant and BA: Ryan Pannett
  • BA: Liam Roarty
  • Group Chief Technical Architect: Deepak Gala
  • Head of Development: Bhavnik Dave
  • Test Lead: Venkatesh Chandala
  • Developer: Vikas Garg


  • Account Director: Louise McVey
  • Senior Project Manager: Stephen McBride
  • Delivery Manager: Jenny Duncan
  • BA: Stephen Sloane
  • UX Design Lead: Stuart Clift
  • Designer: Sophie Clark
  • Development Lead: Adam Barclay
  • Developer: Fraser Wright
  • Developer: Robert Lawson
  • Developer: Craig Moir