NAPF appoints investment specialist
08 January 2013
The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has appointed Helen Roberts to lead its work on investment issues.
Helen joined the NAPF earlier this month from F&C Asset Management, where she was head of government bonds for over 13 years. Previously, she was head of UK gilt and inflation-linked bonds at Hermes Investment Management.
Helen joins the NAPF policy team led by Policy Director Darren Philp. She will spearhead the policy work on investment issues across both defined benefit and defined contribution pensions.
Her work will include:
• engaging in the debate around low gilt yields and the impact of the current economic environment on asset allocation strategies;
• considering the implications of the economic outlook for funds when trading off risk and return;
• deepening the NAPF’s awareness of alternative asset classes and the diversification strategies being used by pension funds.
Mr Philp said:
“We are delighted that Helen has joined us at a time when a lot of change is taking place in the pensions world. Her wealth of experience, gained at the heart of the investment community, will be an invaluable boost to our policy work on investment.”
Mrs Roberts added:
“I am pleased to be bringing my hands-on investment experience to this unique role. Pension fund investment is evolving quickly and I look forward to helping the NAPF strengthen its voice in this key area.”
Notes to editors:
1. The NAPF is the leading voice of workplace pensions in the UK. We speak for 1,300 pension schemes with some 16 million members and assets of around £900 billion. NAPF members also include over 400 businesses providing essential services to the pensions sector.
Paul Platt, Head of Media and PR, NAPF, 020 7601 1717 or 07917 506 683, [email protected]
Christian Zarro, Press Officer, NAPF, 020 7601 1718 or 07825 171 446, [email protected]