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Our board is responsible for the governance, strategic direction and financial stewardship of the Association. Do you want to shape the direction of the PLSA? See Board opportunities here.

Richard Butcher
Chair, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

Richard is Managing Director of PTL, an award winning Professional Independent Trustee and NED specializing in pension schemes and all of the functions around them including strategy and investment. He can be found on corporate boards, trustee boards, independent governance committees and a number of other advisory boards. 

Directly and indirectly an active contributor to the debate on efficient pensions, investment and good governance. Richard is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and until 2017 sat on their Council.

Mark Cooke
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

Director of Finance & Corporate Services

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.

John Dembitz

John A. Dembitz has a portfolio of Chairmanships, Independent Directorships and on-going consultancy mandates.

John has a BSc Hons from Manchester University and an MBA from London Business School, where he is also a member of the Global Advisory Council.

He has authored two books ‘It’s the People! What really drives great management and leadership’ and ‘The 2x2 Manager’.

Born in Budapest, lives in Wimbledon, UK, with his wife, has two grown-up children, and twin granddaughters.

Jamie Fiveash
Smart Pensions
DC Council

Jamie became Chief Operating Officer for Smart Pensions in early 2018. Previous to this he was at B&CE, provider of The People’s Pension where he had responsibility for Operations, IT, Strategic Delivery and Policy & Market Engagement for the B&CE Group whilst also holding posts as Executive Director of B&CE Financial Services Limited and B&CE Insurance Limited. 

Jamie is passionate about improving pension provision for low-to-moderate earners and the change that Auto Enrolment will bring about.  He played an integral role in the design and creation of The People’s Pension, a forward-thinking response to the Government’s Auto Enrolment challenge of October 2011.

Jamie is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants with over 24 years’ financial services experience having joined B&CE in 1994 from Barclays Bank Plc.

Chris Hogg FFA
National Grid
Chair, DB Council

Chris is CEO to the National Grid pension trustees, appointed in 2018 with a focus on evolving the governance structure, including expanding the internal expertise beyond investment.

Chris was previously CEO to the Royal Mail pension trustees, and was with Royal Mail from 2009. Experience included the transfer of assets and liabilities to Government, design and implementation of numerous funding and investment solutions, member of the Investment Committee, and accountability for the executive service to the trustee boards of all Royal Mail’s pension arrangements.

Chris chairs the PLSA’s Defined Benefit Council and is a member of the PLSA Board.

Chris previously worked as a pensions consultant at KPMG providing company-side advice to a range of clients, and started his career as an actuary at Aon Consulting.

Jamie Jenkins
Standard Life

Jamie has worked in pensions for almost 30 years; including Operations, Product Development, Marketing, Policy and Strategy.

He currently leads on strategy for Standard Life’s pension business, acting as government and regulatory liaison, as well as key press spokesperson on industry issues. Much of his time is devoted to the successful implementation of pensions automatic enrolment and the changes in retirement flexibility.

He previously led the Corporate Pensions operation, working with some of the largest corporate benefit consultants, intermediaries and clients on the implementation and management of their pension arrangements.

He is a scheme trustee and sits on a number of regulatory and trade body committees. He was asked by the Department for Work and Pensions to chair the advisory board on ‘coverage’ for the 2017 Automatic Enrolment Review, and he has recently been appointed to the Board of the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA).

Jamie is a regular commentator, conference speaker, blogger and Tweeter (@pensionsguy).

Frank Johnson
DB Council

Frank joined RPMI Railpen Investments in 2004 as Finance Director and became Managing Director, Investments in 2009, supporting the Trustee of the multi-employer rail industry pension schemes.  He oversaw the investment business streams of RPMI and Railpen Investments, with assets under management of some £20 billion, until his retirement from RPMI in 2015.

Frank is an independent non-executive director at First State Investments, UK and at GO Investment Partners.  He is also a non-executive director of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and Chairman of the Association’s Defined Benefit Council.  He also sits on the board of the Railway Benefit Fund, a registered charity.

Frank is a chartered accountant and holds a Commerce degree.  Before joining RPMI, Frank held a number of finance director posts in the transport sector.

Nicola Mark
Norfolk Pension Fund
DC Council

Nicola, Head of the Norfolk Pension Fund since 2001, is the elected Practitioner representative on the Local Government Pension Scheme National Advisory Board, having previously served in the same role in the Shadow Scheme Advisory Board. Alongside the PLSA Defined Benefit Council and Local Authority Sub Committee, Nicola also sits on the CIPFA Pensions Panel and Chairs the National LGPS Frameworks project, a collaboration of LGPS Funds working to deliver benefits across the LGPS. Over the years Nicola has contributed to a number of working parties, including the Myners review and Lord Hutton’s Independent Public Service Pensions Commission. Nicola was awarded an MBE for services to local government in 2015.

Julian Mund
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
Chief Executive

Julian joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association as Commercial Services Director at the end of September 2013. 

Prior to this he worked at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for almost 16 years. Most recently Julian was CIPFA’s Director of Markets and Product Development where he led CIPFA’s business development, sales and customer service teams. He also led on business growth and strategic development across CIPFA's commercial business. Prior to this Julian was Director of Operations at CIPFA and headed up the delivery of their commercial services which included events, training, publications, recruitment services, benchmarking, and consultancy.

Julian worked at the Department for Education before joining CIPFA.

Julian has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science 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 Member of the Institute of Directors.

Lesley Williams
Immediate Past Chair

Until May 2018, Lesley was Group Pensions Director at Whitbread, with responsibility for Corporate pensions strategy and to the Trustee Company for the operation of the Pension Fund and its investments.  Lesley worked in the pensions industry for just over 30 years, with previous positions in Gateway Foodmarkets, Abbey National, the Pearl Group and Henderson Global Investors.

She is a Fellow of the PMI and has an MBA.  She is a past Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and is currently a Board Director, leading the PLSA’s diversity advisory group.  She contributes to widely to pensions policy debate in various forums. 

Carol Young
Royal Bank of Scotland
Chair, DC Council

Carol is Director of Reward, Pensions & Benefits at RBS. She leads the teams responsible for all aspects of remuneration across the bank, the flexible benefits programme for over 60,000 colleagues and DB and DC pension arrangements for over 300,000 members (c£45bn liabilities) worldwide. 

She is chair of the Pension and Lifetime Savings Association’s DC Council, chairs the CBI pension panel and is a governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. Carol’s career spans 20 years across in house and consulting roles and includes a decade as an investment consultant. 

She has served as independent trustee on a number of boards, and is a trustee of the bank’s UK DC scheme. Carol is a CFA charterholder and has particular interest in pension investment, effective engagement and governance.