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22 May 2018

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today announced that Emma Douglas (Head of DC, Legal & General Investment Management) has been appointed as Chair of its Policy Board, which will be introduced in autumn 2018.

The creation of a PLSA Policy Board was one of the proposed changes announced at the PLSA’s Annual Conference in October 2017, and which the organisation has since consulted on. From autumn, the Policy Board will take strategic oversight of the PLSA’s policy work programme across the full breadth of its membership, making sure it supports the PLSA’s purpose and vision to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement. 

With a career that spans more than 20 years in the pensions and investment management industries, Emma is currently Head of DC for Legal & General Investment Management and is also Chair of the PLSA’s existing Master Trust Committee and sits on the PLSA’s DC Council.

As part of her new role, Emma will represent the PLSA’s membership in policy making and provide leadership in bringing a diverse range of members together behind common policy goals.

Commenting on Emma’s appointment, Richard Butcher, chair of the PLSA, said:

“I am delighted to announce Emma as Chair of our new Policy Board. Throughout this process we have been looking for someone who can represent our broad membership and who is dedicated to helping improve retirement outcomes, and Emma certainly fits the bill. Having someone with Emma’s extensive experience take forward this important position will help keep us at the forefront of pensions policy within Whitehall and Westminster. I look forward to working closely with her in her new role.”

Emma Douglas said:

“I am very proud to be appointed as Chair of the PLSA’s new Policy Board.  The PLSA is a leading voice within the pensions industry that is well known for its robust and far-reaching policy work. I intend to use my new role to build on these foundations and ensure that we continue to stay ahead on policy issues and shape the pensions landscape to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement.”

The search for the remaining members of the Policy Board will begin in the coming weeks and the PLSA will be looking for members who can represent all areas of its broad membership and deliver its ongoing policy agenda. The PLSA will ask its members to approve Emma’s appointment and the appointments of other Policy Board members at the PLSA Annual General Meeting in October.


Emma Douglas

Emma is Head of DC at Legal & General Investment Management with responsibility for developing DC investment and bundled business. Emma joined Legal & General Investment Management 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 currently a member of the PLSA DC Council and chairs the PLSA Master Trust Committee.



Robyn Margetts, Head of Media and PR, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
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Eleanor Carric, PR Manager, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
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Kathryn Mortimer, Press Officer, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
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We’re the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association; the national association with a ninety year history of helping pension professionals run better pension schemes. Our members include over 1,300 pension schemes with 20 million members and £1 trillion in assets, and over 400 businesses. They make us the voice for pensions and lifetime savings in Westminster, Whitehall and Brussels.

Our purpose is simple: to help everyone to achieve a better income in retirement. We work to get more money into retirement savings, to get more value out of those savings and to build the confidence and understanding of savers.