Alison joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in April 2014.
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.
Edward is responsible for developing and maintain a distinctive, differentiated and engaging PLSA brand proposition around the tone of voice, product and working style that inform the way PLSA staff work and communicate. He also oversees our publications, website and other communications including speeches.
Edward began his career as a press officer at the Pension Protection Fund, before roles in policy and strategy and then finally as Head of Chief Executive’s Office. He joined the PLSA as Chief of Staff in 2013.
Edward has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from the University of Manchester and an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from UCL.
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.
Deputy Director - Policy
Joe leads the DB, LGPS and Standards team with responsibility for policy areas including defined benefit provision, corporate and scheme governance and institutional investment issues.
Before joining the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Joe spent nine years at the Pension Protection Fund, where his last role was Head of Chief Executive’s Office. Earlier in his career he worked in policy and operational roles within central Government, including the Home Office and Defra.
Director of Events
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.
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.
Director of Policy and Advocacy
Nigel 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.
Head of Finance
Sonia joined PLSA as the Head of Finance in September 2019, responsible for the finance function, providing effective financial management and delivering on financial information. The Head of Finance also works closely with the membership team with the administration and subscription renewals of members.
Before joining PLSA Sonia worked within in a Chartered Accountant practice while training and then with unique organisations within the Charity sector and not for profit organisations, including the music industry, horseracing levy Board and the membership body for engineering. Sonia’s most recent role was with an academic institution, within the psychotherapy world, as Head of Finance.
Head of Membership Engagement
James is Head of Membership Engagement at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, where he acts as a link between the members and staff and ensures the organisation has a good understanding of the challenges that pension schemes are facing.
James also leads the PLSA’s work on EU issues, including the UK’s exit from the EU and implementation of the new EU workplace pensions Directive.
Prior to joining what was then the National Association of Pension Funds in 2009, James was Public Policy Manager for ASDA Stores Ltd and Head of Public Affairs at the Institute of Directors.
Earlier in his career he held a series of positions in the Conservative Research Department, serving as Head of Economic Section and then as Deputy Director.