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Judging panel 2019

Robert Branagh, Managing Director, London Pension Fund Authority
George Currie, Policy Lead: Lifetime Savings, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)
Melanie Cusack, Client Director, PTL
Guy Freeman, Business Development, Rothesay Life
Jerry Gandhi, Pensions Manager UK & Ireland (Contract), Schneider Electric
Vince Linnane, Chairman, Moorlands Human Capital
Matthew Swynnerton, Partner, DLA Piper
Maurice Titley, Director, ITM
Stephen Wickham, Member Nominated Trustee, Molins UK Pension Fund

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Robert Branagh, Managing Director, London Pension Fund Authority
Robert is the Managing Director of the £6bn London Pension Fund Authority and Chairman of the Armed Forces Pension Schemes and the multi award winning Trafalgar House Pensions Administration Limited. An experienced senior executive with extensive experience across private and public sector pensions, Trustee and Governance, he is the immediate past president of the Pensions Management Institute. He is also a Governor at the Pensions Policy Institute and is a regular speaker at pensions and employee benefits events and is a regular contributor to the UK pensions industry press.

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George Currie, Policy Lead: Lifetime Savings, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)
George joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2017. George works on a variety of retirement savings policy issues, including the PLSA’s approach to the Government’s lifetime savings agenda and Defined Contribution pensions. He led the development of the PLSA’s long-term vision for retirement savings – Hitting The Target – which made a series of recommendations on how public policy and industry practices should change to improve retirement outcomes for savers. Prior to joining the Association, George worked on challenging policy issues in the Civil Service and think tanks.

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Melanie Cusack, Client Director, PTL
Melanie is a qualified actuary and an experienced professional trustee, having joined PTL as a Client Director in 2009 from Towers Perrin. She has worked in the pensions industry since 1988, and has extensive experience of all aspects of UK occupational pension schemes and pensions governance. In her role as a professional trustee, Melanie has worked with a wide variety of pension schemes and employers from across the UK and abroad. Melanie is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, and a member of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

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Guy Freeman, Business Development, Rothesay Life
Guy is co-head of the Rothesay Life business development team and has had a leading role in Rothesay Life’s insurance transactions since it started up, working with the pension funds of Rank, RSA, BA, Uniq, GM, MNOPF, Lehman, CAA and the Post Office amongst many others. Guy started his career working as a Scheme Actuary and then as an investment consultant at Towers Perrin followed by marketing LDI solutions at JPMorgan Securities and then onto the corporate finance side at Goldman Sachs before joining the Rothesay Life team in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst.

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Jerry Gandhi, Pensions Manager UK & Ireland (Contract), Schneider Electric
Jerry is a seasoned freelance pensions & benefits professional currently working as Pensions Manager UK & Ireland (Contract) for Schneider Electric to manage legacy Invensys and Schneider UK and Irish DB Pension schemes structures. In addition, he is driving visibility and value of the DC offer as part of the overall reward proposition. He has a passion for ensuring employees understand and value the pension benefits they accrue while the employer gets value for the costs to which they commit. Jerry assisted with the set up of NOW: Pensions (as COO) in the UK and was Group Pensions Director for RSA Insurance prior to that. He has undertaken a range of significant projects for Employers/Trustee/Pension Schemes and was until recently a member on the PLSA Retirement Policy Council and is an advisor at The Pensions Advisory Service.

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Vince Linnane, Chairman, Moorlands Human Capital
Prior to taking up the role of MHC Chairman, Vince was Chief Executive of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) for a decade between July 2006 and May 2016 when he stood down from the position. Vince has a BA (Hons) from Newcastle University in English and History. Recent achievements have included winning the 2016 “Professional Pensions” Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2016 “Pensions Age” Pensions Personality of the Year Award. Vince was included in the most 50 influential people in UK pensions by “Pensions Insight” for 2012-15.

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Lisa Lyon, Manging Director, Target Professional Services
Lisa has been with Target as MD for the last seventeen years where she has developed a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in providing both tracing and mortality services. Lisa has guided the organisation to grow into the respected public and business trace services provider that it is today. Highly regarded in the pensions industry and known for her appetite for continuous improvement Lisa introduced automated tracing to the pension market and developed investigated mortality screening. mypensionID is Lisa’s latest brain child set to revolutionise the industry. Lisa is passionate about giving back to the local community, working closely with local schools and charities regularly sponsoring events and new initiatives. Outside of work Lisa enjoys spending time with her family. Her favourite sport is golf, Rory Mcllroy would have a run for his money with her golfing skills.

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Matthew Swynnerton, Partner, DLA Piper
Matthew is a partner at global law firm DLA Piper and heads the London Pensions team. He advises on all aspects of pensions law, including corporate and bulk annuity transactions, reorganisations, benefit redesign and liability management projects, reviewing and updating scheme documentation and advising trustees and employers on their legislative and trust law duties. Matthew drafted key legal sections of the Combatting Pension Scams Code of Practice, which received widespread praise from the Pensions Regulator, the Pensions Ombudsman and the Pensions Minister. Matthew has been described by a leading pensions QC as having "an extensive knowledge of pensions law and practice, very sound legal judgement and good commercial sense.” The current edition of the Legal 500 states that he is "praised by clients as 'highly responsible and approachable' and 'able to demonstrate a deep knowledge of pensions law which he deploys with great pragmatism'".

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Maurice Titley, Director, ITM
Maurice has worked in financial services specialising in corporate pensions for the last 22 years, including roles at Watson Wyatt and most recently Punter Southall, where he was principal in charge of administration systems development. Maurice has 20 years’ experience in software architecture and systems integration, and is also a Microsoft Certified Professional. Maurice is the director responsible for pensions technical matters at ITM and is a regular speaker at pension industry events.

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Stephen Wickham, Trustee Director, Molins UK Pension Fund
Stephen has been a Member Nominated Trustee of the Molins UK Pension Fund for 19 years and has been a member of the investment subcommittee for 17 years. He is a member of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) and regularly attends industry conferences and seminars to keep abreast of all the various topics, mainly but not exclusively concerning investment.

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