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The PLSA Board makes sure that we can fulfil our mission to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement. It sets our strategy, allocates our resources, reviews our financial performance and monitors the effectiveness of our lobbying, events, training and membership products and services.

Board appointments and membership are set out in our Rules. As of October 2018, when a new Board structure was put in place, we have six non-executive directors (four PLSA members, including the Chair and the Policy Board Chair, and two independents) and two executive directors. 

The Board meets four times a year. It has two committees: the Audit and Risk Management Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee. 

Richard Butcher
Chair, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association

Richard is non-executive Chair of the PLSA and sits on the Association’s board. He is also Managing Director of PTL, an award winning firm of professional trustees. In this capacity, he has responsibility for a wide range of clients with a specific focus on governance.

Richard is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and, until 2017, sat on their council. He has won and been highly commended in many awards and named among Pensions Insight’s Top 50 Most Influential People in Pensions for a number of years.

Richard is a former member of the FCA’s Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDGW), The Pensions Regulator’s DC Practitioner Panel, the Master Trust Association, the DWP Trustee Panel and was a co-Founder of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees.

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.

Mark is also Company Secretary for the Association, dealing with the Board, constitutional matters and the Association’s elections.

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.

Emma Douglas
Legal and General Investment Management
Chair, PLSA Policy Board

Emma is responsible for developing LGIM's DC business and investment strategy. Emma joined LGIM in 2014 from Mercer where she was a partner and Head of Mercer Workplace Savings. Prior to that, she was Head of DC Sales at BlackRock and Head of DC Pensions at Threadneedle Investments, and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment management industry.

Emma graduated from Trinity College, Oxford, and holds an MBA from Manchester Business School via a Women in Management Scholarship from the Guardian. Emma is a Non-Executive Director of Smart Pension and the PLSA and Chair of the PLSA Policy Board.

Alison Hatcher
HSBC Global Asset Management UK

Alison Hatcher has been Global Head of Corporate Sector in the Client Strategy team in London since 2015. Alison is responsible for understanding the needs of our corporate client, how to manage risk on their balance sheet and their pension schemes. Alison joined HSBC in 2011 and has been working in the industry since 2005.

Alison holds a BA Hons in Law & Business from Warwick University and a distinction in her MSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School in UK. Alison is one of the Founders of Women in Pensions an industry group with representation from most pension schemes globally.  She is part of the PLSA Diversity Advisory Board, Efama Pensions Standing Committee and MES PLSA Working Group.

Patrick Heath-Lay

As Chief Executive Officer, Patrick has been the driving force behind The People’s Pension and moving B&CE from an organisation focused solely on the construction sector to a mainstream pension provider. Patrick is passionate about B&CE as a not-for-profit organisation and what it is trying to achieve with The People’s Pension, and has been instrumental in shaping its ethos and beliefs.  Recognising the ill health issues faced by the construction industry, he is now leading development of an occupational health management system that will help health be taken as seriously as safety within the workplace.

Patrick sits on the Board of Directors for People’s Financial Services Ltd, B&CE Insurance Ltd and B&CE Financial Services Ltd. He is also a Trustee of the B&CE Charitable Trust.

Catherine May

Catherine May is an experienced non-executive director and corporate leader.  She serves as Vice Chair of Stonehaven Campaigns, a communications advisory firm; Senior Independent Director of English National Opera and works as an adviser on reputation management and governance and leadership coach to a number of FTSE plc businesses.

During her executive career, Catherine served as Corporate Affairs Director on the Executive Committees of SAB Miller plc, Centrica plc and Reed Elsevier Group plc.

Julian Mund
Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
Chief Executive

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.