Appointments update - 2 June 2021

XPS Pensions Group has appointed Jon Marchant as chief information officer

Marchant has worked in business and technology roles across a wide range of financial services companies throughout his career, including Halifax, Scottish Widows, Capital One and the Co-operative Group. Before joining XPS, he spent 10 years working as chief infortmation officer for payments and retail services specialist PayPoint. XPS chief executive officer, Paul Cuff, said: “We are delighted that Jon decided to join us in this exciting period for XPS. Technology is at the heart of everything we do at XPS and we have ambitious plans for the future.”

Dalriada Trustees Limited has confirmed the hire of Amanda Banister as a senior professional trustee

Banister brings 22 years of industry experience, having served as a partner in DWF’s pensions practice and spent three years with the Pension Protection Fund. She has worked with a wide range of pension clients and across complex situations, including complex restructuring and representing clients at the EU’s Court of Justice. Dalriada director, Vassos Vassou, said “It is vital that we recruit talented people from a range of professional backgrounds. As such, we are delighted to be welcoming Amanda to the London office."

PTL client director, Melanie Cusack, has been named independent chair of Electricity Pensions Trustee Ltd (EPTL)

The board oversees 26 Groups of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme, which has 173,000 members and £43bn in assets. EPTL said Cusack would bring leadership skills and a strategic perspective to the board, as it seeks to balance the challenges affecting the scheme’s diverse employers. EPTL deputy chair, Alastair Russell, commented: “Melanie has extensive pensions experience and an impressive track record of chairing trustee boards and sub-committees. She brings the appreciation of the wider pensions landscape, gravitas, and clear leadership skills we were looking for. We are very pleased to welcome her to the EPTL board.”

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