In Loving Memory of


Chris Holland

Chris, our much loved colleague, has sadly passed away. 

With over 28 years at Mercer, Chris’ contributions to our business and our people have been immeasurable.  And although Chris had many professional accomplishments and was very committed to his work, his greatest commitment was to his wife Lindsey and their son, Thomas.   

We all have memories of Chris, so please share your sentiments and stories about who Chris was, as a colleague and friend.  Your thoughts will be particularly valuable to Lindsey, Thomas and Chris’ family, as well as to all his working colleagues.  

As many know, Chris and Thomas were avid sailors and Chris would often tell of their sailing trips in Cornwall.  In honour of this, Lindsey & Thomas have asked, in lieu of flowers, for any donations to be made to the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI), mentioning Chris Holland of Portscatho & St Mawes Sailing Club and the Falmouth RNLI Station which he supported.  Here is a link: 

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Richard Clarke

I first started working with Chris when he was in the Sedgwick finance department, in Witham, and we continued to work together, off and on, for the next thirty years.  He was a great colleague and friend to me, always good company and a calm and wise counsel.  He was dedicated to Mercer and …

Sarah Pearse

Erdinch and Ayshen Buhara

Today, we were very shocked and upset to hear Chris’s passing. I joined Mercer finance team in 2001 and was not long before I met Chris. He was a great friend and collegue for many years.  “Old Chap” I will miss you and I will always rememeber your friendship and generousity during my time …

Sarah Pearse

Martine Ferland

My heart goes out to Lindsey, Thomas and the rest of Chris’ family.  May you find some comfort in knowing how much Chris was respected, admired and loved.  Lindsey, you have impressed us all with your strength and courage.  Thomas, we all feel like we know you a little through your father.  He was …

Sarah Pearse

David Anderson

“Hiya!” In my mind I can still hear Chris saying this as he did at the start of all our meetings. Like many of us, I am finding it really difficult to believe he is no longer with us. It’s taken me some time to find the ‘right’ words to honour Chris and to …

Sarah Pearse

Claire Ross

So sad that Chris has left us, as I remember worked with him for the last 12 years I think….. what a Professional and what a lot of laughs. Meetings were all the better for him being present, he started with a tale and laughter would ensue, he had the ability to made the …

Sarah Pearse

Nat Dewhurst

Oh Chris! I will never forget when I was on crutches for what seemed like forever and after us having spent the day in a training session, you absolutely would not have it any other way than putting me in a cab. You thought I was bat crazy for even thinking of taking the …

Sarah Pearse

Robert Potter

I was very shocked and saddened by Chris’s passing.  We were and good friends and colleagues for many years and had fun times playing golf and in the pub.  I can’t believe it was over 17 years ago that we were at your wedding (we were on time) and the stag do was particularly …

Sarah Pearse

Peter Clare

I joined the Mercer finance team in 1989 (Noble Lowndes at that time). It wasn’t long before I got to hear about a new rising star called Chris Holland who had joined the finance team in Witham and was about to embark on his brilliant career progression. Chris was very driven, very bright and …

Sarah Pearse

Dean Thomas

I am so sad to think Chris has left us – we had known each other for 22 years and in various roles …I think 4 times in total …Chris was my direct manager .What a Man – honest , funny , loyal and supportive . What great times we had over the years …

Sarah Pearse

Pearly Siffel

Chris was an incredible colleague. He offered a world of knowledge in a selfless way. He helped our firm, our teams and us individually. There were special times when Chris face changed and the calm, numbers-filled mind was suddenly replaced by a cheerful warm heart: when Chris talked about his family (yes you Lindsey …

Pearly Siffel

Kathy & Richard Berry

Great sadness to hear of Chris’s passing. we have many fond memories of our (Now fairly long ago) years with Chris at Mercer, Richard 2000-7 and Kathy 2003-6, from just a catch-up after work at times to periods when we’d be working closely together. Chris was always someone you could rely on and a …

Sarah Pearse

Merf Cave

Ah Chris…I’m going to miss you mate. You’ve been there since the very begining of my Mercer journey in 1999 when we merged. You were such a great colleague, mentor and most of all friend. You gave me the opportunity to grow, and you trusted me to do so, and contuned to be a …

Sarah Pearse

Ben Lightfoot

I was so saddened to hear this news. Chris was at Mercer when I joined almost exactly 20 years ago, it was my first proper job and I was very much wet behind the ears and a little awe struck having just moved down to London from the country. However, Chris was always thoughtful …

Sarah Pearse

Amy Richards

Chris was a lovely person and a superb professional. His ability to find a pragmatic solution to enable things to happen was fantastic, unusual, and much valued. Our last one-to-one conversation was when he generously gave up some time to help me figure out how to get round a barrier we were running into – …

Sarah Pearse

Luella Brunning

I first met Chris when I worked at Mercer Australia and he took the team out for dinner – he was friendly and jovial and it was lovely to put a face to a name behind the ‘quick question’ emailer.  When I returned to live in the UK I began working closely with Chris, …


Mark Makohon

It was devastating to be told of Chris’s passing, still difficult to comprehend Chris is no longer with us. For Chris was much more than just ‘the boss’, he was also a highly respected leader, a guide, an advisor and a great support.  Chris was always the voice of reason and had the solution …

Sarah Pearse

David Bryant

I only had the pleasure of working with Chris for a short period, but enjoyed every moment of it. Always cheerful, helpful, and a pleasure to work with. A great sense of humour, and a love of his family and life, shone through in every discussion. We kept a running tally of who owed …

Sarah Pearse

Andrea Last

“Hello Old Chap”….. You always knew who was on the line when you were greeted with this on the end of the telephone.  Being female didn’t exclude you from being a “chap” either and to be honest who wanted to be!!  He was a great friend and colleague and he will be greatly missed. …

Sarah Pearse

Jemma Hart-Fox

While it was only for a blink of Chris’ Mercer career, I feel privileged to have had the chance to know and work with him. Chris always brought a wave of calm and a good dose of humour to every meeting. I will always appreciate his patient and welcoming nature and his ability to …

Sarah Pearse

Eoin Kelly

I’m very saddened to hear of Chris’s sudden and untimely death. I first met Chris when he visited Dublin back in the early 2000s, he instantly made an impression. I was junior and relatively new to Mercer and lucky enough to be able to share company with a fantastic group of leaders for dinner. …

Sarah Pearse

Nic Williams

Back in 2003, you offered me a role when I was about to leave Mercer.  Little did I know then that this was the beginning of the next 18 years working together (only briefly interrupted by your time in Boston).  Thank you for the opportunity, for the guidance and unwavering support.  Always there with …

Sarah Pearse

Craig Fraser

Dear Lindsey & Thomas – my sincerest condolences, you are both in our thoughts and prayers, may all the good memories see you through these difficult times. As is so evident from all the messages, Chris has had such a positive impact on so many lives and needless to say I was one of those …

Sarah Pearse

Jonathan Elgott

Reading through these messages you see a theme of people who joined Mercer because Chris influenced them.  I am no different.  From when we met in an interview before I joined, he struck me with his warmth, sense of humour and empathy and it made me want to be part of a team with …

Sarah Pearse

Jackie Marks

It’s taken me a few days to write this because we are all still in shock. But as I reflect on these last three years working with Chris (such a small amount of his time at Mercer), I can only say how grateful and welcoming he was to a new person from the outside. …

Sarah Pearse

Peter Cameron

I’m so saddened to hear this tragic news this week and my deepest condolences and thoughts to Lindsey and Thomas. Its been a few years now since I worked for Chris but I always remember his insights, his deep and smart analytics, and most of all his empathy and humour. He was a great …

Sarah Pearse

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