Appointments update – 1 November 2022

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has appointed pensions ombudsman, Anthony Arter, and deputy High Court judge, Margaret Obi, to its Determinations Panel.

TPR’s Determination Panel is responsible for making formal decisions relating to cases where TPR seeks to use certain powers. Arter was previously head of pensions at Eversheds from 2005 to 2013 and has been an independent trustee for many years. He was appointed as pensions ombudsman in 2015 and his tenure ends in January 2023. Obi is a solicitor, a former partner in a criminal defence practice and an independent legal consultant. She was appointed as deputy High Court judge in 2018. Sarah Chambers has also been reappointed to the panel to serve a second four-year term. TPR stated that the appointments were made following “full and open” processes. In total, almost 100 applications were received.

Broadstone has announced that David Brooks will become its head of policy.

Brooks will move to the newly created role from his current position of technical director, a role he has held since 2007. He will lead Broadstone’s policy strategy in the defined benefit sector with a focus on regulatory developments and government legislation. Brooks has worked in the pensions sector for nearly 25 years, with his roles spanning pensions administration, consultancy and technical analysis.

B&CE, the provider of The People’s Pension, has appointed Graham Wrightson as group general council.

Wrightson will head up B&CE’s legal team and joins from Stephenson Harwood, where he was a partner in the pensions group. In his role leading the legal team, Wrightson will advise the business on both pension matters and broader legal issues. He has 25 years of experience practicing pensions law, providing advice to both corporates and trustees. Wrightson was previously a pensions partner at Squire Patton Boggs and Mercer, where he was head of legal consulting. He is also a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers.

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