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We are passionate about software and Agile methodology

About Us

Aquila Heywood builds modern software solutions for businesses, pension providers and third parties that 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.

We work collaboratively with the industry and its customers to create long-term growth and lasting business value through technology solutions.

Our Approach

We combine a passion for software with Agile methodology to create customer experiences that delight.

Agile methodology

We use Agile processes, scrum methodology and a quality development and build pipeline to provide you with innovative, progressive and timely software solutions.

Find out more about our Agile processes

Continuous learning

We believe in continuous innovation, testing and learning. We achieve this through test-first principles, collaboration and personal development at Hive, our monthly knowledge sharing and learning days.

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 simplify savings, investments and retirement income processing.

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

Our Mission

  • shape product innovation
  • deliver technological excellence
  • build long-lasting partnerships
  • lead by example
  • delight our customers
  • create experiences

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.

    Heywood
  • 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

Aquila Heywood has a strong focus on quality. In the UK we are certified to ISO 9001:2015 covering all company processes and ISO 27001:2013 for information security. We undergo a formal external quality audit every six months to maintain these.