The firm says Mr Leeming will be tasked with “driving growth” of the firm’s investment consulting services.
He has more than 13 years of specialist investment experience helping pension schemes manage investment risk and deliver objectives and has advised a range of defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and their sponsors.
Prior to moving into investment Mr Leeming qualified as an actuary with experience in pensions liability risk.
He joined from JLT Group where he was a director within the employee benefits practice.
Wes Jones, partner and head of pensions Manchester, at XPS Pensions Group said: “We are very excited to have James join us in the Manchester office, to help develop our investment capability and build our investment consulting team.
“This is a key senior role for XPS, to help us add value for our investment and actuarial clients and expand on our presence in Manchester and the North West.”
Mr Leeming said: “XPS are a dynamic, client focussed business.
“They have an excellent reputation in the pensions and investment market for helping clients achieve their goals, with a strong focus on implementation.
“I am looking forward to working with the team locally and nationally to further strengthen XPS’ investment consulting offering.”