Appointments update 3 August 2021

David Weeks has stepped down from his position as Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) co-chair.

The announcement was made following a diagnosis of cancer, and will become effective after the next AMNT Committee meeting on 16 August 2021. Fellow co-chair, Janice Turner, is expected to preside as sole chair in the short-term, with a selection process to elect a new co-chair to being “with immediate effect”. Weeks will, however, remain a member of the AMNT Committee until the annual general meeting in 2022.

Commenting on the decision to stand down, Weeks stated: “It has been an honour to lead the Association alongside my co-chair Janice Turner. The AMNT is now a force to be reckoned with and I am proud to have done my part in ensuring that the voice of our members continues to be heard at the highest levels. Unfortunately I am no longer in the best of health and cannot commit the time and energy needed to guide the association going forward. So I felt now was the best to hand over the reins. In the short term, Janice will preside as sole chair. A selection process to elect a new co-chair will begin with immediate effect. I would like to thank all of my friends and colleagues at the AMNT for their support and guidance during my time as co-chair and look forward to taking a more hands off role as a member of the committee over the next year”.

Nest has appointed Sarah Laessig and Myfanwy Barrett to its board.

Laessig is currently a director of DG Pension Trustees, a United Trust Bank non-executive director (NED), as well as a Local Pensions Partnership Investments NED. Barrett also has a wealth of experience leading a wide range of services, including the MPs’ pension scheme and local government pension scheme, is a qualified accountant, and has recently joined The Pensions Ombudsman board. The appointments, which will last for 5 years, were made by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following the departure of Ron Jarman and Ian Armfield, who stepped down from the board on 30 June.

SAUL has named Louise Lindsay as chair of its trustee board.

Lindsay has been a trustee with SAUL since 2015 and a member of its negotiating committee since 2014. She has a wealth of HR experience, having spent over 30 years at Imperial College London, where she is currently director of safeguarding. She is also a school governor and a panel member for HM Courts & Tribunal Service.

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