PLSA appoints six new members to its Policy Board

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has announced the appointment of six new members to its Policy Board.

Joining the board are Tesco PLC’s Laura Hay, Royal London’s Jamie Jenkins, London Stock Exchange Group’s Ava Lau, Greater Manchester Pensions Fund’s Euan Miller, Smart Pension’s Darren Philp and Pinsent Masons’ Carolyn Saunders.

The board is currently chaired by Railpen chief executive, John Chilman, and encompasses 20 participants from across the PLSA membership, including funds from the DB, DC, LGPS, and master trust sectors, as well as business members such as employee benefits consultants and law firms.

These appointments come after the Policy Board laid out its vision for 2022, reporting its intention to meet six key themes: pension adequacy, pension dashboards, responsible investment, DB funding, key challenges for the LGPS, and DC decumulation.

PLSA Policy Board chair, John Chilman said: “I am very much looking forward to working with Laura, Jamie, Ava, Euan, Darren, and Carolyn on the Policy Board.

“With this diverse group of thought-leaders and experts from across the PLSA’s membership we can shape the pensions and savings landscape for the benefit of both schemes and savers as we focus on our top six priorities for the year ahead.

“I would also like to thank all those who applied but, on this occasion, were not selected. There was stiff competition for these voluntary roles, with many applicants for each place.

“The vast majority of applicants met the personal criteria for the roles so often selection was based on ensuring that our governance is representative of our wide and complex membership.”

In addition to the six appointments to the board, there have also been almost 30 other appointments made to the Associations Policy Committees, including nine appointments to the DB Committee, 10 appointments to the DC Committee, seven appointments to the Master Trust Committee and two appointments to the Local Authority Committee.

Included in the appointments to the PLSA's DC Committee and Master Trust Committee were Scottish Widows head of policy for pensions and investments, Peter Glancy, and master trust lead, Sharon Bellingham, respectively.

Glancy commented: “It’s great to be supporting the PLSA as they look to tackle important challenges such as pension adequacy and making the pension dashboard successful. I’m looking forward to working with the existing committee members and those who are also newly appointed.”

Bellingham added: “I’m absolutely delighted to be joining the PLSA Master Trust Committee. Master trusts are a major force in today’s pension landscape and play a critical role in supporting the retirement outcomes of millions and I’m looking forward to working alongside other committee members to form a dedicated voice and collective advocacy for master trust.”

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