Appointments update 30 July

- The Pension Scams Industry Group (PSIG) has appointed Tommy Burns as deputy chair.

Burns has been part of PSIG since its inception in 2014 and is chair of the organisation’s Pension Scams Industry Forum. He has nearly 40 years’ experience in the pensions industry and is currently risk and incident manager at Standard Life, where he has held a number of managerial roles and been at the forefront of the organisation’s pension scams controls since 2012.

- PwC has announced six new director promotions within its pensions advisory practice. Simon Bourke, Stuart Bradbury, Caroline Curran, Keira-Marie Ramnath, Rick Watts and Terry Wharton were promoted to their new roles from July.

As a senior member of the firm’s pensions management consulting practice, Bourke works with many of the largest funds in the UK, across both the private and public sectors, focusing on delivering operational excellence and outstanding member experiences. He advises and supports pension funds through complex operational change and transformation. Bradbury advises companies across the North of England on their pensions strategy and leads PwC's national team of member options specialists, providing greater flexibility to pension scheme members while helping companies manage the cost and risk of their pension schemes.

Based in Manchester, Curran leads PwC's pensions legal team in the North. Having joined PwC in 2015 from Eversheds, she has built a reputation for providing pragmatic, solution-driven legal advice which complements PwC’s wider pensions services. Ramnath is head of fiduciary management oversight. She developed PwC's approach to evaluating fiduciary managers and has built a business focused on breaking down information barriers and improving trustee engagement in the market.

Leading PwC’s pensions advisory team in the South West and Wales, Watts provides advice to companies on all aspects of their pension arrangements. He jointly leads the firm’s national audit of pensions network that audits the liabilities in financial states and prepares pension accounting disclosures for non-audit clients. Wharton supports businesses and pension trustees with all aspects of pension change and improvement, including reducing risk, managing costs and designing bespoke funding solutions. Based in the North East, he works with a wide range of businesses across the UK and overseas.

- GLIL has appointed Ted Smith as chief operating officer.

Frith, who was named Interim COO of the fund in November 2018, will now take on the permanent role. He will co-ordinate GLIL’s activities as it looks to invest in more UK infrastructure projects and grow its investor base. Frith has 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having held a number of senior positions including managing director of banking group Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, head of European distribution at Aspect Capital, director of Campion Capital as well as senior positions with Citibank and Pareto Partners.

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