Appointments update 6 August 2020

John Lewis Partnership Trust for Pensions has appointed Sarah Bates as chair of the trustee.

Bates joined on 1 August, replacing Dame Jane Newell, who stepped down from the position after seven years. She joins with over 35 years’ experience in investment management, and is an independent member of the BBC Pension Scheme and University Superannuation Scheme (USS) Investment Committees. She was also previously Cancer Research UK Pension Fund Investment Committee chair, and is a co-founder of the Diversity Project and Chair of the Diversity Project charity.

Gunnercooke has announced the appointment of Helen Miles as partner.

Miles joins the firm’s six-strong pensions team with over 25 years’ experience in the pensions industry. She is also chair of the NHS Pensions Board, and has previously advised on a wide variety of pension scheme projects, including dealings with The Pensions Regulator. She was also an expert witness to the Parliamentary Work and Pensions Select Committee.

XPS has named Paul Armitage the new head of the National Pension Trust (NPT).

Formerly NPT head of distribution, Armitage will take over responsibility for XPS' master trust from Dave Hodges, who retired earlier this year. Commenting on his appointment, Armitage emphasised the “critical role” of master trusts such as NPT, highlighting the importance of delivering strong member engagement and security in these “uncertain times”.

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