Laura joined the Pensions and Lifetimes Savings Association in July 2017 and works on engagement and recruitment campaigns across the organisations diverse membership base.
Prior to joining, Laura worked in Public Engagement at the Care Quality Commission. In this role she was responsible for leading engagement with users of learning disability and mental health services and for ensuring that their views and experiences were fed into CQC’s regulatory policy. Her previous employers include the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP and Voice4Change England - the national membership organisation championing the voice of the BME voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
Laura also has an undergraduate degree in British Politics and Legislative Studies from the University of Hull and is currently studying for her Professional Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Chief of Staff
Edward joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in December 2013.
Edward supports and advises the Chief Executive and Chair on various strategic issues and projects. Edward also assists with externally-facing work, managing briefings, presentations and speeches for both and accompanying them to high-level meetings.
Before joining the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Edward spent seven years at the Pension Protection Fund. Edward‘s last role at the PPF was Head of Chief Executive’s Office, a similar role to Chief of Staff. Before that he had roles in strategy, in which he was responsible for producing the strategic plan and getting DWP sign-off, pension protection levy policy, and the press office.
Edward has a BA in English Literature and Philosophy at the University of Manchester and an MA in Issues in Modern Culture from UCL.
Kate supports in the delivery of the Association’s research programme. She works on both industry and consumer research projects on a variety of topics, including the use of property in research and the auto-enrolment generation.
Previously, Kate worked at a social research agency, Kantar Public, specialising in policy research and longitudinal projects for a number of government clients, such as the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice. She has also worked in commercial research, working mainly with Unilever and Kellogg’s.
Kate has a BA (Hons) in Economics and Politics from Durham University and a Masters in International Development from the University of Warwick. She also has the Market Research Society (MRS) Advance Certificate in Research Practices.
Internal Communications Manager
Ellie joined the PLSA in February 2014. Previously PR Manager, Ellie works in the Communications team, reporting into the Head of Communications.
The Communications team work to actively promote the Association as the voice of workplace pensions through traditional press coverage and social media, as well as looking after internal communications with PLSA staff.
Before joining the Association, Ellie worked at the Chartered Insurance Institute in the media relations team. Prior to this she worked for KBPR, a specialist pensions and investments PR agency, and was deputy editor at Pensions Age magazine.
Joining the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in August 2014 as Facilities Manager, James is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the office and meeting spaces at Cheapside House.
This includes managing relationships with suppliers, delivering a first-class front-of-house service to the Association’s staff and visitors and ensuring that meeting spaces at The Association's Cheapside House offices are prepared in good time and ready for both internal and external meetings and events.
Before joining the Association, James was Resource Manager for Co-Operative Systems, and previously Facilities Manager for Cambridge House, a Camberwell–based Charity.
James has degrees in Economics, and Politics, Philosophy & History.
Senior Policy Advisor
George joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2017.
George works on a variety of retirement savings policy issues, including the PLSA’s approach to the Government’s lifetime savings agenda and Defined Contribution pensions. He is also working on the industry’s long-term vision for retirement savings, which will assess the success of current UK Government policy in this area and, where possible, make proposals on how policy can be improved.
Prior to joining the Association, George worked on challenging policy issues in the Civil Service, think tanks and the consumer goods industry.
George holds degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Leeds and London, the last of these being a PhD in Political Philosophy.
Head of Governance and Investment
Joe joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in February 2016.
Joe leads the Governance and Investment team with responsibility for policy areas including defined benefit provision, pension 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.
Joe has a BA in English and American Literature from Warwick University.
Jess joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in October 2006 and manages the logistics and production of the Association’s flagship conferences and exhibitions including the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association Investment Conference, Local Authority Conference, Annual Conference & Exhibition.
Before joining the Association, Jess worked for Brand Events and DMG World Media and was involved in a wide range of shows including MPH Live (now Top Gear Live), The Ski and Snowboard Show and Taste Festivals.
Anna joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in September 2017.
Anna supports the Head of Events and the Head of the PLSA Academy and PINNACLE run PLSA’s training and provides logistical support for other PLSA events. These events include the Annual, Investment and Local Authority conferences.
Prior to this role Anna worked as a Communications Advisor for the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand (PRINZ) in Auckland for two years. In this role she was responsible for membership sales and communication, event management, social media and junior team management.
Anna has a degree in Communications with a major in Public Relations from AUT University Auckland.
Policy Lead: Investment & DB
Caroline joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in June 2017 as the policy lead for investment and defined benefit.
Previously, Caroline led on pensions policy as Senior Policy Adviser at the Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association (PIMFA) and was Head of Government Relations at the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF).
She has also held roles providing financial policy analysis to Members of Parliament and undertaking fixed income research for a large asset management firm.
Caroline has a Master’s degree in International Political Economy (with Distinction) from the LSE, where she graduated top of her year, and a degree in Economics with Politics from the University of Warwick.
Deputy Head of Business Development
Varsha joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in July 2014.
Varsha manages client relationships, especially with Business members, for growth and retention of sales. She is also responsible for sales of various exhibition, sponsorship, training and advertising items for the Association.
Before joining the Association, Varsha worked in sales at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for two years.
Policy Lead: DC
Tim joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in the summer of 2015 as the policy lead for DC. Previously he worked at NEST in the strategy team handling much of NEST’s public policy work and, prior to that, he worked in NEST’s research team.
Tim began his career at the IPPR working on public service reform and pension issues. He has also spent time in market research looking at everything from healthcare reform, to the impact of Big Brother on C4’s brand and mission.
Ellie joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2015. She manages the logistics and production of the Association’s exhibitions and event sponsorships, as well as being involved in the overall logistics of the Association’s major events. Ellie is also responsible for production of the Local Authority, Hot Topic Seminars, and Trustee Conference.
Lisa joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2009. As marketing manager she is responsible for developing and managing the Association’s marketing activities so that its products and services meet the expectations of its members and continue to reach a wider audience.
Lisa is a CIM qualified professional with a broad range of marketing skills acquired over fifteen years. She has held previous marketing roles at Lloyd’s of London, Standard & Poor’s, Brewin Dolphin and also within the commercial property sector.
Business Development Executive
Ben joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in April 2016 and manages client relationships, primarily with Business members, for the growth and retention of commercial business.
He is also responsible for sales of the Association’s exhibition, sponsorship, training and advertising items.
Before joining the Association, Ben began his career as a primary school teacher, before moving into various recruitment roles.
In his previous role Ben worked within the sales team at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for 3 years.
Nikolina joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in October 2012. She supports the Head of Events and events team in administering the Association’s comprehensive series of events, and is responsible for various aspects of work relating to event registrations including delegate enquiries, setting up events on the database and on-site registration management. She is responsible for the event logistics of various in-house events, including PensionsConnection events, Fund Member breakfasts, Business Member Forum and Teach-ins.
Prior to joining the Association, Nikolina spent six years working at the Croatian Embassy in London.
Stephen joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in February 2006, initially working with the events team before moving to a website role.
As website manager he is responsible for the daily operation of the website, ensuring that key content such as news and events information is available for members, and that the website communicates the Association’s policy work, membership offer and commercial activities effectively.
Stephen is also responsible for the Association’s other websites including Pension Solution and Pension Quality Mark.
PA to Chief Executive
Jenny joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in July 2010.
Jenny’s main responsibilities include providing full logistical support for the Chief Executive and working closely with the Chief of Staff to ensure that the Chief Executive is fully prepared for all meetings and events.
Prior to joining the Association, Jenny spent 21 years as PA to the Director of a trade association in the food industry. She also worked in the conference and banqueting department at a major London City hotel.
Jenny has a BA (Hons) in Home Economics and Social Administration from the Roehampton Institute.
Antonella joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in February 2013.
Her main responsibility is to ensure the smooth operation of the reception, switchboard and administrative services including meeting and greeting visitors to the office, booking and organising of various meeting rooms, managing and maintaining the conditions of our premises.
Prior to joining the Association, Antonella worked in the retail sector as After Sales Administrator.
Becky joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in July 2008.
Becky works with the membership team. Her main responsibilities include membership enquiries, processing membership applications and renewals, and updating the Association’s membership database. Becky is also responsible for updating the membership and local group pages of the Association’s website.
Events and Training Technical Manager
Rebecca joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in February 2008. She manages the technical requirements for all events and training which includes audio visual, IT, video and the events app.
She is also responsible for liaising with speakers on logistical aspects for all the Association’s major events including the Annual Conference & Exhibition, Investment Conference, Local Authority Conference and Trustee Conference.
Before joining the Association Rebecca worked in customer service and operations roles in the insurance and other industries. Rebecca holds a business degree from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge.
PA to Directors/ Administrative Support Assistant
Veena joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in November 2015, and is the PA to the directors of External Affairs and Commercial Services, as well as the administrative assistant to both teams.
In addition, Veena provides full administrative support to the Association’s Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Councils and other committees and working groups across the External Affairs Team.
Prior to joining the Association, Veena was the PA to the Director of Finance at University College London. Veena has degree in Business and Marketing Communications from the University of Greenwich.
Vicky joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in September 2015. She is responsible for developing and managing the Association’s marketing activities so that its products and services meet the expectations of its members and continue to reach a wider audience.
This involves creating a strategic marketing plan and its implementation through on and offline campaigns to reach members and industry contacts.
Vicky is also responsible for arranging various media partnerships with industry magazines that are keen to support and get involved with our events.
Events and Training Content Manager
Rachel joined the PLSA in September 2017 as Events and Training Content Manager, a role which sits within the commercial services team. She is responsible for developing the content for all of the PLSA’s conferences and programmes, inviting speakers and liaising with sponsors to create promoted content.
She supports the events team and also works closely with colleagues in policy, business development and membership.
Prior to the PLSA, Rachel held roles at the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum, Responsible Investor and the FT. Previously, she worked as a financial media executive in her native New York City.
She is the treasurer of the Women’s Equality Party’s Camden chapter and is active in a variety of charitable endeavours. Rachel has a BA in Political Science with a Journalism minor from Stony Brook University.
Business Development Manager
Claire joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2015 and manages client relationships, primarily with Business Members, for the growth and retention of commercial business.
She is also responsible for sales of the Association’s exhibition, sponsorship, training and advertising items.
Claire has worked in business development for over five years, most recently with Blackthorn Technologies and previous to that with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
Policy Lead: LGPS and DB
Tiffany joined the Governance & Investment team in February 2018, as the Policy Lead for Defined Benefit (DB) and for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). She is an economist and pensions policy specialist with over 15 years of public policy experience.
Prior to the PLSA, she was a Policy Adviser for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), where she focused on the UK retirement market and tax relief. She also managed all research projects for the Retirement & Savings team.
Before the ABI, she led programme evaluations and research on labour market churn for The Work Foundation. As a Researcher at the London School of Economics (LSE), her work included analysing consumption patterns, national taxation levels and inequalities. For Euromonitor International, Tiffany published reports on emerging markets’ business environments. Her career started with international development in Southern Africa.
Tiffany has an LSE MPA in Public and Economic Policy and an International Studies Bachelor’s from Vassar in her native New York.
Head of Government Affairs
Lawrence joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in January 2018.
Lawrence is responsible for managing the PLSA’s engagement and communication with Government, Parliament and political stakeholders.
Before joining, Lawrence was Head of Public Affairs at the financial services mutual, LV=. Previously, he worked in public affairs roles at BT, Royal Mail, Direct Line and Lloyds Bank.
Lawrence has a BA in European Politics and Legislative Studies from the University of Hull.
Policy Lead: Engagement, EU and Regulation
James leads the Association’s policy work on EU issues, including the review of the EU pensions Directive, work on the Capital Markets Union and the UK’s exit from the European Union.
Prior to taking up his current role 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. He has worked with political leaders in Namibia, Sri Lanka and Belarus.
Membership Engagement Manager
Cheryl joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in March 2017.
Cheryl has responsibility for membership engagement and retention. Cheryl supports and develops the Association’s Local Groups and manages the PensionsConnection network events.
Prior to joining, Cheryl worked for Mercer managing their Diversity and Inclusion membership networks and events for the UK, Europe and globally. Previous employers also include the Local Government Association and Association of Police Authorities.
She has a BA (Hons) Politics & Russian Studies degree from Keele University and MA Literature from University of Southampton.