Mel Duffield is Head of Pensions Strategy and Insight at the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), the hybrid pension scheme for academics and related roles in the UK higher education sector. Mel has been heavily involved in the design and implementation of the scheme’s new DC section, USS Investment Builder, since joining USS in February 2015, and has a wider remit covering employer and member insight, product strategy, and employer liaison.
Before joining USS, Mel was Deputy Director at the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), an independent research charity focusing on pensions and retirement savings issues, and prior to that Head of Research and Strategic Policy at PLSA.
Mel started her professional career in the UK civil service, working as a senior economic advisor at HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.
Mel has a BSc in Economics from Nottingham University, an MSc Economics from Bristol University, is a serving Magistrate on the SW London bench, and plays football and climbs mountains in her spare time.