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Market-leading platforms and solutions

Innovative pension software for schemes, administrators and employers

About Us

Aquila Heywood builds modern software solutions for pension schemes, pension administrators and employers to help transform how their members manage their lifelong financial journeys.

Our aim is to inspire members, customers and policymakers, and together create and promote an environment that enables everyone to make more informed decisions to improve their financial security.

Our deep sector experience and involvement ensures that as the UK pensions sector continues to evolve, the increasing demands being put on schemes and administrator teams as a result of ongoing legislative and regulatory change are fully supported through Altair and our portfolio of complementary solutions and consultancy services.

Our Approach

Software solutions for pension schemes to support efficient administration and allow scheme members to manage their lifelong financial journeys.


By remaining solely focused on the pension sector, we have been able to satisfy the changing needs of UK pension schemes, administration teams, members, employers and the Regulator. Through Altair and the ecosystem that surrounds it we are able to provide a platform that supports those needs in the most secure, compliant and cost-effective way possible – now and going forwards.

Our Customers

We have long-term partnerships with customers across a range of industries and geographic locations.

Our Vision

We seek to build powerful and innovative platform solutions that help pensions schemes transform how members manage their lifelong financial journeys.

We strive to inspire customers, employers, regulators and policymakers, and by working together, create and promote an environment that enables scheme members to make more informed decisions to improve their lifelong financial security.

Our Mission

  • inform and influence policy making
  • shape product innovation
  • deliver technological excellence
  • build long-lasting partnerships
  • delight our customers
  • be a market leader

Our History

  • 1940s

    Pioneer Geoffrey Heywood MBE and Co. created the vision and leadership that helped shape the life and pensions industry as we know it.

    Geoffrey Heywood
  • 1975

    Heywood was formed in 1975, starting out as a small Liverpool firm of consulting actuaries.

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  • 1980s/90s

    The ground-breaking PMS6000 pensions administration platform (Watson Wyatt) quickly built a reputation for the most functionally-rich system available on the market, eventually becoming the cornerstone for an independent software house - Aquila.

  • 1998

    Demand for an independent software house fuelled a management buyout and in 1998 Aquila was born.

  • 2002

    In 2002, the two companies joined forces to become the largest UK provider of life and pensions administration systems.

    Aquila Heywood
  • 2016

    Aquila Heywood was chosen to take part in the pensions dashboard industry initiative, as one of the technology partners.

    Pensions Dashboard
  • 2017

    We lead the industry with innovative technologies that simplify pensions administration, harness the power of digital engagement, drive operational efficiency and deliver advanced data analytics.

  • 2018

    In 2018, the Aquila part of the Aquila Heywood group was sold to Equiniti. The Aquila Heywood group now consists of the Heywood, i-Connect and ATMOS companies.

Our Certifications

Aquilaheywood have a strong focus on quality. We are certified to ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems, 27001:2013 Information Security and are a Cyber Essentials accredited organisation. We are externally audited every six months and have an internal audit programme.


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