Appointments update 22 July 2021

Leek United Building Society has appointed Entrust's Enplan Pension Platform to provide services for its defined benefit (DB) scheme.

The pension consolidator was selected to provide governance, actuarial, investment and administration services for the DB pension Scheme, which has £45m in assets and covers 190 members, with Leek United becoming the third build society to join Enplan. Commenting on the appointment, Leek United Building Society finance director, Rob Broadbent, said: “As a mutual, our priority is ensuring we can provide the best service and value for our colleagues. We wanted a platform which was easy to join and delivered a smooth transition. With experience in our sector and a history of innovation, the Enplan team were able to demonstrate clearly how the platform would not only be a more efficient approach to the running of our DB pension scheme, but it would also provide a model of continuous professional governance.”

Aegon UK has hired Hilkka Komulainen as head of responsible investment.

In the newly created position, Komulainen will lead the newly established responsible investment team and be responsible for driving forward Aegon’s responsible investment proposition, including progressing the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decision making. Komulainen, who will report to Aegon investment proposition director, Lorna Blyth, has wide experience in responsible investment and policy issues, having previously worked at Principles for Responsible Investment, EY and, most recently, overseen the integration of ESG into the investment strategy at IH International Advisors.

Stoneport has announced the appointment of Margaret de Valois as senior consultant.

In the new role, Valois will advise and guide Stoneport’s clients through the consolidation process, as well as providing support with new business and developing the client portfolio. Bringing over 20 years of experience in the pensions industry to the role, she has held senior roles at firms such as Western Pensions, Star Actuarial Futures and Schroders, and has a proven track record of growing financial services firms.

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