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 joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in May 2003.
Kate heads up the events team and is responsible for the logistical management and production of events organised by the Association.
The events team of five is typically responsible for approximately 15 events each year ranging from its flagship conferences including the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association Investment Conference, Local Authority Conference, Annual Conference & Exhibition, Scotland and Trustee Conferences to smaller hot topic seminars which we run in-house. Attendance at events range from 80–1,500 people.
The team also assists with the logistical management of training courses run by the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association Academy, Pensions Breakfast meetings and PensionsConnection meetings.
Prior to working at the Association, Kate worked for a couple of medical communication agencies organising a diverse range of events for their clients, both in the UK and internationally.
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.
Interim Director of Marketing and Communications
Dawn recently joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) as interim Marketing and Communications director. She is responsible for of our branding, PR, internal communications, government affairs and commercial marketing.
She began her career as a press officer in the Government Information service and has a wide range of senior level experience, both in-house and in agency, including being part of the team who launches Openreach for BT as Marketing and Communications Director. She has a first degree in History and Politics and an MBA from Manchester Business School.
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 has over 15 years’ experience of pension policy work. Most recently he worked at the Department for Work and Pensions as a Policy Fellow and prior to that he held roles as Head of Corporate Affairs and Director of Policy at the Pensions Regulator. He also acquired earlier pensions policy experience at the National Association of Pension Funds and the Association of British Insurers.
Director of Membership Relations
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.