PLSA announces policy board members

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association has announced the members of its new policy board, set to launch next month.

Policy board chair, Emma Douglas, will be joined by 16 other members from across the pensions industry. The policy board will have a remit stretching across all PLSA policy work on pensions and lifetime savings. From next month, the policy board’s goal will be to shape the PLSA’s policy agenda for all aspects of retirement income.

Subject to approval at the PLSA’s Annual General Meeting, the full membership of the Policy Board will be: Anna Rogers, ARC Pensions Law, Teresa Fritz, Croydon Pension Fund, Laura Myers, Lane Clark & Peacock LLP, Emma Douglas, Legal & General Investment Management Ltd – Chair, Jackie Peel, Mars UK, Brian Henderson, Mercer, Chris Hogg, National Grid, Zoe Alexander, NEST’ Nicola Mark, Norfolk Pension Fund, Adrian Boulding, Now: Pensions, Carol Young, Royal Bank of Scotland, Michael Watkins, Smart Pension, Jamie Jenkins, Standard Life, Neil Mason, Surrey County Council, Gregg McClymont, The People’s Pension, Mel Duffield, Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) and Rachel Brothwood, West Midlands Pension Fund.

Commenting, Douglas said: “I am delighted to announce the full membership of the PLSA’s policy board, with a host of experienced thought-leaders from within the pensions sector. After receiving 60 applications for the 16 positions, I am particularly pleased we were able to achieve such diversity across the membership.

“The make-up of the policy board not only reflects the breadth of the PLSA’s membership, but we also have a range of ages and backgrounds represented and over 50 per cent are female, which unfortunately can still be rare within our industry. I am very much looking forward to working with this group to shape the pensions and savings landscape for the benefit of both schemes and savers.”

Furthermore, PLSA director of policy and research, Nigel Peaple, said the policy board is “key in ensuring we continue to stay ahead on policy issues and in helping us deliver our mission of helping everyone achieve a better income in retirement”.

The creation of a PLSA policy board was one of the proposed changes announced at the PLSA’s Annual Conference in October 2017, and which the organisation then consulted on. Douglas was announced as policy board chair in May and carried out the selection process for other members together with PLSA chair Richard Butcher and PLSA director of policy and research Nigel Peaple.

The PLSA will ask its members to approve the appointments of all policy board members, including Douglas, at the PLSA Annual General Meeting on 19 October.

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