Mark Hyde Harrison has been elected as the next Chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF), Britain’s biggest pensions trade body.
He will succeed Lindsay Tomlinson whose two-year term of office ends at the NAPF Annual General Meeting in Manchester on 21 October 2011.
Mark Hyde Harrison is Chief Executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund. He has been a member of the NAPF Investment Council since 2006 and currently is its Vice Chairman. Mark also serves on the NAPF Board and its Audit & Risk Management Committee.
Commenting on his appointment, Mark Hyde Harrison said:
“I am delighted to have been elected Chairman of the NAPF. The NAPF is an organisation that has achieved much success in recent years, whether lobbying for tax changes or state pension reform.
“But there are further challenges ahead and with auto-enrolment just over a year away, the face of pension provision in the UK will change fundamentally.
“As Chairman of the Association I look forward to building on those successes and ensuring that the NAPF stays at the forefront of the debate on the future of pension provision in the UK.
“These will also be challenging times for the NAPF which will have to adapt to the new pensions environment and reach out to a wider constituency.
“I would like to thank Lindsay Tomlinson for his hard work and dedication. The NAPF is stronger for his Chairmanship.
“I look forward to working with Joanne Segars, her team, and the NAPF’s members to meet the challenges that lie ahead."
Lindsay Tomlinson, current Chairman at the NAPF, said:
“I congratulate Mark on becoming the next Chairman of the Association. He will lead the NAPF at an intense time for pensions, with a raft of reforms including auto-enrolment set to change the face of pensions in the Britain.
“He will be an excellent chairman and I wish him every success in his new role."
Mark Hyde Harrison was elected by the NAPF Retirement Policy and the Investment Councils, the main bodies through which the NAPF develops policies on behalf of its members. Each drawing 19 members from within the pensions industry, the Councils help steer NAPF’s representational work to Government.
Notes to Editors:
About Mark Hyde Harrison:
Mark is the Chief Executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund a fund with 250,000 members and assets of over £19bn. He became the first CEO of the pension fund in 2006 having previously been its Chief Investment Officer.
Mark joined Barclays in 1988 and prior to his involvement with the pension fund he had a varied career with international experience in the USA and Canada, managing the office of the Chairman and Chief Executive of Barclays plc and becoming the UK Sales Director for Barclays Life, Pension and Investment products.
Mark is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a graduate of the University of Nottingham with a degree in Mining Engineering.
He lives in Kent with his wife and three daughters.
He has a been member of the NAPF Investment Council since 2006 and currently is its Vice Chairman. He also serves on the NAPF Board and its Audit & Risk Management Committee.
1. Mark Hyde Harrison is available for interview.
2. Elections of the new members of the NAPF Retirement and Investment Councils will take place in August 2011. The new members will be announced in September.
3. The NAPF is the leading voice of workplace pensions in the UK. We speak for 1,200 pension schemes with some 15 million members and assets of around £800 billion. NAPF members also include over 400 businesses providing essential services to the pensions sector.
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