Appointments update 2 December 2020

The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) has announced four new appointments to its board.

The PMI has co-opted Alan Whalley from its advisory council to serve as a non-executive director (Ned) and chair of the board, having served on the board since 2016. Whalley is a fellow of the PMI, and has also been re-elected to the PMI’s council for a second term. Chris Parrott has also been co-opted from the Advisory Council as a Ned. Parrott, who is
again a fellow of the PMI, is currently serving his second term on the council since joining in 2013.

Alongside this, the PMI has announced two external hires, appointing Ruston Smith to the board as a Ned, and Anjan Rose as finance director and an executive director on the board. Smith brings over 30 years of experience, and is a an experienced chair and NED for companies such as JP Morgan Asset Management, Tesco Pension Fund, The People’s Pension, and Smart Pension. Rose meanwhile, is an experienced and qualified accountant, having most recently led a global finance transformation.

LGPS Central has announced the appointment of Patrick O’Hara as director of responsible investment and engagement.

O’Hara will lead the company’s responsible investment team, and will be responsible for the continued expansion and embedding of responsible investment in the company’s investment and portfolio monitoring processes. Joining from USS Management, he brings 20 years’ experience in the investment management industry to the role, with over a decade of experience in the ESG and investment/enterprise risk experience. The announcement was also made alongside the appointments of Cara Forrest as client relationship manager, and Satvinder Saini as enterprise risk manager.

RPMI has named Alison Burns as an independent non-executive director.

Burns, who currently holds board level positions at the National House Building Council, Equiniti, will bring extensive industry experience to the role. She has previously held executive and non-executive roles at Aviva, including the role of Aviva Ireland CEO, and a number of senior roles with Santander, Bupa, Lloyds, TSB and AXA UK.

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