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PLSA makes appointments to board and policy board roles

PLSA makes appointments to board and policy board roles

28 September 2023

Following a formal selection process, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) will appoint two new members to its Board and four new members to its Policy Board.

Jamie Fiveash from Smart Pension and Laura Myers from LCP will join the PLSA Board.

The Board’s aim is to ensure the PLSA can deliver on its mission to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement. It sets strategy, allocates resources, reviews financial performance and monitors the effectiveness of lobbying, events, training and membership products and services.

In addition to the Board appointments, Alan Howard from Shell plc, Ewan McCulloch from Boarder to Coast Pensions Partnership, Fiona Brown from Rolls-Royce plc and Lizzie Holliday from NOW: Pensions will join the Policy Board.

Formed in 2018, the PLSA Policy Board guides and decides on the PLSA’s public policy positions, with a remit stretching across all PLSA policy work on pensions and lifetime savings. Its goal is to shape the policy agenda for all aspects of retirement income.

Alison Hatcher, Independent Consultant, is stepping down from the PLSA Board and Lisa Young-Harry from HSBC Bank Pension Trust and Mel Duffield from USS will be stepping down from their positions on the Policy Board.

Emma Douglas, Chair of PLSA Board, said: “We are in an exciting period for the pensions sector, with DB schemes and the LGPS now almost entirely in surplus, more savers than ever contributing to workplace schemes and big philosophical questions being asked about the future make-up of our industry. The PLSA has an ambitious public policy work programme matched by the improvements we are making in bringing the industry together. We are really pleased to be able to bring some fresh expertise to our governance structures to see these ambitions through. I would also like to thank Alison for her invaluable contributions over the last five years on the Board, she will be missed.”

John Chilman, Chair of PLSA Policy Board, said: “The diversity of thought and background across our Policy Board members provides us with the enhanced expertise to shape and develop the pensions and lifetime savings landscape. Together with our new members we will be able to continue to develop the policies which inevitably help everyone achieve better pensions at retirement.

“I would like to thank Lisa Young-Harry and Mel Duffield for their expert contributions to the Policy Board during their time as members.”

All the appointments are subject to, and become effective from, the successful passing of resolutions at the PLSA Annual General Meeting on 19 October 2023.


PLSA Board

Jamie Fiveash, Smart Pension

With almost 30 years’ experience in financial services, Jamie is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Smart UK and Ireland. His key responsibilities include the growth of the Smart Pension Master Trust and Smart's Keystone platform in the UK and Ireland. He is passionate about transforming pensions and the use of technology to make sure they bring greater value and help improve later life for all people. Before joining Smart in 2018, Jamie was instrumental in the design and delivery of The People’s Pension, whilst holding various C-suite roles as an Executive Director at the People's Partnership (formally B&CE).

Laura Myers, LCP

Laura is a Senior Partner and the Head of DC at LCP, leading the strategy of the DC practice which covers master trusts, own trust and corporate DC advice. Under her leadership LCP advises over 150 DC schemes, with assets in excess of £60bn, which provide for well in excess of 6 million UK DC savers.

Laura is a member of LCP’s Board helping to deliver on LCP’s strategies for growth and market leading capabilities across pensions and financial services, energy, health and analytics. She has chaired PLSA policy committees and is part of the Pensions Equity Group, working together to tackle pensions inequalities in the UK.

Policy Board

Alan Howard, Shell plc

Alan is Head of UK Pensions for Shell plc with overall responsibility for Shell’s UK pension arrangements. The includes leading the Trustee Executive team for four defined benefit schemes and a defined contribution arrangement. Alan joined Shell in 2015, initially as the Group Pensions Actuary with oversight of the funding and investment strategy for the Group’s global pension arrangements, before moving to his current role in 2019. Alan is also a Trustee for Shell’s DC arrangement in the UK and holds a similar position on Shell’s Canadian pension plan.

Before joining Shell Alan was a Partner with Aon and was responsible for leading the UK corporate pensions practice. Alan is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Ewan McCulloch, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership

Ewan is the Chief Stakeholder Officer for Border to Coast, the largest ‘pool’ in the Local Government Pension Scheme. In this role is he responsible for its stakeholder engagement strategy, with direct responsibility for its CRM and Policy & Communication teams. He joined Border to Coast in 2019. Prior to this he held a range of senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group and Scottish Widows.

Fiona Brown, Rolls-Royce plc

Fiona is Group Head of Pensions and Benefits at Rolls-Royce Plc. She has over 25 years’ experience of working in the industry, both as a consultant and leading in-house teams. At Rolls-Royce she has overall responsibility for a large global portfolio of DB and DC pension schemes, as well as benefit insurances. She also has a number of trustee and fiduciary roles. While pensions and benefits are Fiona’s core professional experience, she is now increasingly passionate about broader Financial Wellbeing, both for Rolls-Royce plc colleagues and more widely.

Lizzy Holliday, Now: Pensions

Lizzy joined NOW: Pensions in 2023 to lead the public affairs and policy strategy, emphasising the organisation’s mission to promote financial security through pension saving. With over 15 years’ experience in pensions policy, including in Government private pension policy roles, Lizzy has played a pivotal role in crafting policy solutions that bolster workplace pensions in the UK, benefiting pension savers. Lizzy is returning to the Pension Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), having overseen the successful launch and implementation of the Retirement Living Standards in 2019, and the DC Decumulation consultation and final proposals in 2020.

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