Appointments update 16 October 2020

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has named Carol Young and Dave Coplin as non-executive directors (NEDs).

Both Young and Coplin will be proposed for appointment for initial three-year terms at the PLSA annual general meeting on 3 November, where Richard Butcher will also be proposed for reappointment as PLSA chair, extending his appointment until autumn 2021. Coplin and Young were selected based on their skills in developing strategy and commercial experience, and will replace outgoing NED’s Patrick Heath-Lay and John Dembitz, who was the first independent NED under the PLSA’s new governance arrangement.

Interactive Investor (II) has appointed Becky O’Connor to the newly created head of pensions and savings role.

O’Connor joins the team from Royal London, where she was personal finance specialist, and will lead II’s educational programme about pensions and savings and its campaign on pensions and savings policy issues. Previously, she was an award-winning finance and business journalist for The Times, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018 in recognition for her contribution to ethical finance. She is also on the ethical advisory committee for Castlefield Investment Management.

Redington has announced the appointment of Maggie Kearney as director in its defined contribution (DC) and financial wellbeing team.

Joining from Accenture, where she headed up the firm’s Pension and Benefits team in the UK, Kearney brings almost 30 years of experience in the industry to the role. Previously, she has held various DC focused roles at organisations such as Aon Hewitt and Hazell Carr, now known as First Actuarial, and is also a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Her new role is expected to "further bolster" Redington's team of specialists as it continues to drive its proposition in the DC, retirement and wider savings space.

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