Maps names new CFO and PDP director amid senior appointments

The Money and Pensions Service (Maps) has announced three senior appointments, including a new chief finance officer (CFO) and a new Pensions Dashboards Programme (PDP) director.

Mal Singh will join the Maps board and executive leadership team as of 1 April 2021 as the CFO, bringing “extensive experience” from senior finance roles within digital, welfare reform, operations and strategy.

Prior to this, he worked with BPDTS Ltd, the digital technology company set up to provide specialist technology services to the department work and pensions, as CFO and a board member, having previously also worked at HM Treasury.

Alongside this, the service has announced the appointment of Richard James as PDP director.

James has over 23 years’ experience in the public sector, with previous roles spanning operational, finance, policy and transformation across the Department for Work and Pensions, Inland Revenue, HM Treasury and HMRC.

He has gained 12 years of experience in senior programme delivery roles, having led programmes such as implementing the changes required to support the UK’s exit from the EU and delivering a Trader Support Service within Northern Ireland.

Commenting on his appointment, James said: “I’m delighted to be joining Maps to continue the work being done by the PDP.

“It’s an exciting opportunity to contribute towards this hugely important piece of work, which will play a central role in equipping people to understand and to take control of their retirement planning.”

Mark Gray, who has been interim risk compliance and assurance director since June 2020, has been named chief risk officer for the group.

Previously, he worked at the British Business Bank as chief risk officer, where he advised the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Her Majesty’s Land Registry on their Risk and Assurance Frameworks, and at Homes England as interim chief risk officer.

Commenting on the announcement, Maps CEO, Caroline Siarkiewicz, said: “I’d like to welcome Mal, Mark and Richard to the team at such an important time for Maps, as we play a critical role in supporting customers throughout the UK whose financial situation has become more uncertain as a result of the pandemic.”

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