Alison has responsibility for the Business Development team, managing activity for the sale of the Association’s commercial products and services.
Prior to joining the Association Alison was Head of Sales at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance. Previously she worked in management consultancy for a top 10 accountancy firm, designing and delivering large scale contracts in risk management, financial recovery, culture change, BPR and systems design.
Chief Operating Officer
Mark Cooke is a graduate of the University of Warwick. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 with Thomson McLintock, a predecessor firm of KPMG. He has over 30 years’ experience of financial, commercial and corporate services management across the private, public and third sectors including ten years’ as Director of Finance and Corporate Services at Big Lottery Fund, four years as Finance and Commercial Director at the British Printing Industry Federation and six years as Deputy Finance Director of Which? – the leading consumer organisation and publisher.
Mark is also Company Secretary for the Association, dealing with the Board, constitutional matters and the Association’s elections.
Director of Events and Training
Kate is responsible for all events and training services delivered by the PLSA. She has over 20 years experience of successfully leading on complex, high profile events for the financial services and healthcare sectors, both in the UK and overseas.
Deputy Director, Finance & Corporate Planning
Mark is responsible for ensuring a high standard of financial management at the PLSA. This includes delivering effective budgets, forecasts and reporting that support decision-making by the Senior Management Team and the Board. He also develops and manages the organisation’s corporate planning processes.
Mark manages all aspects of the Finance department, including accounting and tax, membership administration, banking, payroll, financial analysis, insurance and the annual audit.
Mark joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in July 2015. Prior to this he was at the Natural History Museum and has worked in a broad range of financial roles across a variety of sectors, with previous organisations including The Hackett Group, LEGO, Sainsbury’s and Pilkington.
Mark is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a degree in Finance & Accounting from the University of Warwick and an MBA from the University of Manchester.
Julian joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association as Commercial Services Director in 2013 and became Chief Executive in 2017.
Prior to this he worked at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for almost 16 years. He undertook a variety of roles such as the Managing Director of their commercial company and their Director of Operations. He led on business growth and strategic development across CIPFA's commercial business as well as the delivery of their member services.
Julian worked on school policy at the Department for Education before joining CIPFA.
Julian has a BSc in Mathematics from the University of London and an MSc in Policy Research from the University of Bristol.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and a Board Director at PensionsEurope.
Director of Policy and Research
Nigel is the Director of Policy & Research at the PLSA. He is responsible for all the association’s policy work. Prior to PLSA, he was a Policy Fellow at the Department for Work & Pensions and before that Director of Policy at the Pensions Regulator. While at the Pensions Regulator he regularly represented the UK at the Board of the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).
Nigel has over 25 years’ experience of policy and public affairs roles across a range of government, EU and industry bodies, including the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) where he was Director of Policy, and the Association of British Insurers, where he was responsible for managing EU relations, implementing the first IORP Directive, and advising on matters related to the 2006 Pensions Commission. He was a founding Director of the Pensions Quality Mark. Nigel is a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute.
Director of Membership Engagement
Laura joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in June 2011.
Laura heads up the membership department, leading on the Association’s recruitment and retention strategy, and keeping in-touch with membership by visiting members throughout the country year round.
Prior to working at the Association Laura held senior membership roles at a number of organisations including the Faculty of Public Health and the Institute of Fundraising. Laura has degrees in English Literature and Language and in Law.