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Richard Butcher, PTL Managing Director, appointed as PLSA Chair

Richard Butcher, PTL Managing Director, appointed as PLSA Chair

30 May 2017

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has today announced that Richard Butcher (Managing Director at PTL) will become its new Chair.  He will succeed Lesley Williams whose two-year tenure ends at the PLSA Annual Conference in Manchester on 20 October 2017.

With a career that spans more than 30 years in the pensions industry, Richard is currently the managing director of PTL – a leading provider of independent governance services – as well as a professional independent trustee. 

Commenting on his appointment, Richard Butcher said:

“I am proud and humbled to be appointed as Chair of the PLSA and to succeed Lesley Williams.  Lesley is a great chair and a champion of the pensions industry.  Looking to the future, I intend to build on the hard work of the association members, the councils and committees and the executive of the PLSA to ensure that we continue to inform the debate and represent the views and interests of our members.”

Lesley Williams, current chair of the PLSA, said:

“It has been both a pleasure and a privilege to act as Chair for the PLSA and I am very pleased to hand over this unique role to someone of Richard’s experience and calibre.  Richard and I have worked closely together on the Board of the PLSA for some years now and I know his knowledge and insight will be a considerable asset to the organisation.  He will be invaluable as the PLSA continues to push for market innovation and works to ensure that members’ views are well represented in Whitehall and Westminster.”




Richard Butcher joined PTL in 2008, becoming Managing Director in 2010. He has responsibility for a wide and diverse range of clients with a specific focus on governance in both DB and DC pension schemes.   Richard is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) also sitting on the Council.

Richard is a sought after speaker on the industry circuit and a regular key contributor to the industry press. He was Highly Commended in the 2010 & 2011 Engaged Investor Independent Trustee of the Year Awards, was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Pensions in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 by Pensions Insight and as one of the 100 Most Influential People Working in Europe’s Capital Markets in 2014 by Financial News, based on his work with large DC trusts. Richard is also a member of The Pensions Regulator DC Practitioner Panel and the DWP Trustee Panel. He was co-Founder of The Association of Member Nominated Trustees.


Lee Blackwell, Head of Media and PR, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
T: 020 7601 1726, M: 07713 073023, E: [email protected]

Kathryn Mortimer, Press Officer, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
T: 020 7601 1748, M: 07901 007713, E: [email protected]


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