Barclays Corporate and Employer Solutions (C&ES) today announced it has appointed Justin Crossland to lead its expanded focus on providing strategic employee benefit consulting services to its corporate clients. Justin will be joined by David Wicken, who will drive the consulting service around flexible benefits.

Through a broad and in-depth consulting approach, Justin and David will help companies consider their employee benefits strategy in the context of their longer-term goals and ambitions, recognising the competitive environment and ensuring their benefit strategy is fit for purpose in attracting, engaging and retaining talented employees.

Justin has over 20 years of experience advising major organisations on their benefits strategy, and joins Barclays from Towers Watson, where he was the EMEA Head of Health & Wellbeing. David was previously at Mercer, where he has been advising large employers on designing and running flexible benefits schemes for 15 years.

Commenting on Barclays’ commitment to strategic consulting services, Justin emphasised the need for expert advice in the market, explaining:  “As reward professionals emerge from several years focused on DC pensions and compliance with auto-enrolment, many are now looking to the future and thinking hard about how their benefits strategy now needs to evolve to meet the needs of their talented employees while also delivering business value through contributing to sustainable employee engagement. This is therefore the perfect time to expand our focus on bringing broad and strategic consulting on a wide range of employee benefits.”

Paul Wilson, Head of Employee Benefit Consulting at Barclays Corporate & Employer Solutions, said: “In building Barclays C&ES over the past couple of years, we have been driven by two main things: a relentless focus on clients and the challenges they face in attracting, retaining and engaging a multi-generational workforce, and secondly attracting the very best talent from the market to Barclays. The pedigree and expertise of Justin and David demonstrate our commitment to strategic benefit consulting and to delivering excellence to our clients.”