Appointments update - 6 June 2024

The Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL) Trustee Company has appointed Rob Orr as its next CEO, effective from 1 October 2024, when Sue Applegarth retires.

Orr joined SAUL in 2010 and has more than 20 years of experience in pensions. He currently works as head of technical and communications, is a member of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s Policy Board, chair of its Defined Benefit Committee, and fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. Commenting on the appointment, SAUL chair, Louise Lindsay, said: “‘After an extensive and competitive process, Rob emerged as the strongest candidate. His knowledge and experience of the issues and governance requirements for a scheme like SAUL set him apart.”

Smart has appointed Gordon Wilson as its new chair of the board, succeeding Ruston Smith.

Wilson has held leadership positions and driven growth at various organisations in the technology and pensions business over his 30-year career. He was previously Advanced CEO for over eight years, recently stepping down to start his non-executive career. Wilson is also a member of the board of TechUK, chairs three other tech businesses: Zenitech, Imagesound, and The Polaris Group, and led the management team at Aquila Heywood. Smith, who Wilson replaced, has completed two terms as an independent non-executive director and chair of Smart. However, Smith will remain as a senior adviser to the Europe, Middle East, and Africa business despite stepping down from the board.

Dalriada Trustees has appointed Barbara Fewkes as a professional trustee.

Fewkes previously worked as a partner and scheme actuary at Barnett Waddingham and has more than 20 years of experience as a scheme actuary and pension professional. She is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Pensions Sub-Committee. She has advised trustees on current issues, risk management, scheme governance, and scheme funding, as well as supporting trustees through buy-in and buyout deals and the winding-up process. Fewkes has also advised sponsoring employers on several pension-related matters, from scheme closures and mergers to accounting disclosures.

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