Arter to continue as pensions ombudsman

The pensions ombudsman, Anthony Arter, will continue in his role for another 12 months from 1 August 2021.

The decision to extend his appointment was made following pre-appointment interviews with other candidates.

In a letter to Work and Pensions Committee chair, Stephen Timms, Pensions Minister, Guy Opperman, stated that “no candidates have been identified as appointable” through the recruitment exercise.

As such, Opperman said that he would be extending the appointment of Arter for another year.

Arter was appointed as the ombudsman in May 2015 for an initial period of four years.

In December 2018, he was reappointed for a further two and a half years, until 31 July 2021.

Arter is a solicitor by profession and was Eversheds LLP’s head of pensions from 2005 until 2013.

He has also been a independent trustee for many years and was an independent member of the Pensions Management Institute Committee overseeing their Accredited Adviser Programme.

The Pensions Ombudsman celebrated its 30-year anniversary in April 2021. Since then it had received over 100,000 written inquiries, resolved more than 25,000 disputes and issued nearly 9,000 determinations.

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