The Council is responsible for managing the business of the PPI. There are currently 14 members of Council, including the PPI Director, Chris Curry (please click here to view his biography).
Lawrence Churchill CBE - PPI Chairman
Lawrence has been a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute for five years and was elected the Chair of Council on 15th June 2016. Lawrence has a portfolio of roles in Financial Services, in both the private and public sectors, with a common theme of making the industry work for consumers.
He is currently the Senior Independent Director of Bupa, Chairman of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, Chairman of the Independent Governance Committee at Prudential, and Chairman of Applegate Marketplace. He is a Trustee of the International Longevity Centre –UK, a Trustee of Age UK, and a member of the leadership team for BITC’s Age at Work Campaign.
Previously he was the founding chairman of both the Pension Protection Fund and the National Employment Savings Trust.
Other previous public appointments include board memberships of the Financial Ombudsman Service, the Board for Actuarial Standards and the Personal Investment Authority. He has been a Trustee of the Royal Society of Arts.
Previous roles in the private sector include being Chief Executive of three groups - NatWest Life, Unum’s European operations and Zurich’s UK and International Life businesses. He is a past director of the Association of British Insurers, and trustee of the Employers Forum on Disability.
Lawrence was educated at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he read Greats.
Duncan leads the HR Consultancy work at IES. He has more than 25 years' experience in HR consulting and research with firms including Aon Hewitt, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Towers Perrin. He also spent five years as Assistant Director General at the CIPD.
His clients have included major private sector companies such as National Grid and Lloyds Banking Group, public sector organisations such as the Cabinet Office, National Health Service and Equality and Human Rights Commission, and not-for-profit organisations such as Cancer Research UK, the National Autistic Society and the United Nations. He has worked with local authorities in the Midlands, Humberside and London on issues ranging from making organisation change happen to bonus and incentive plan design.
Duncan is a leading commentator on HR issues, who has published numerous reports, articles and books. His last book was on reward effectiveness. He has participated on Government taskforces concerned with fair pay, pensions and human capital reporting. Duncan advises a number of remuneration committee and is a Council member of the Pensions Policy Institute. Human Resources magazine placed him in its listing of the top five most influential thinkers in UK HR.
Duncan has an MA from Cambridge University, an MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the CIPD, as well a Visiting Fellow at Kingston University.
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Sharon Collard’s background is social policy. She has conducted extensive research on consumer financial decision-making, consumer credit use and problem debt, saving behaviour and financial capability. She is Research Director and Professor of Personal Finance at the University of Bristol’s Personal Finance Research Centre. The Centre’s recent work includes a study to update the Poverty Premium faced by low-income households; a programme of work on how lenders and debt collection firms identify and treat consumers in vulnerable circumstances; and work with the Money Advice Service on financial capability in relation to retirement planning.
Sharon is also a member of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, an independent statutory body that represents the interests of consumers in the development of policy for the regulation of financial services.
Laurie Edmans CBE
Laurie has had a lifetime career in pensions and financial services. Laurie is now chairman of the Independent Governance Committee of Zurich UK, of the trustees of the Trinity Mirror Pension Plan and of B different, a specialist financial services research company. He is a commissioner on the independent Financial Inclusion Commission.
He was a founder trustee member of NEST, and a founder non-executive director of the Pensions Regulator and of the Money Advice Service. He was chairman of Marine and General Mutual Assurance Society until June 2015. He chaired the ABI's pensions and savings committee for 8 years. He was also chairman of SHIP, the trade association for equity release providers for six years and of Funding Circle, the successful ‘peer to peer’ lending business. During his executive career he was corporate development director of AEGON UK and deputy chief executive of NPI.
Laurie received the CBE for services to pensions reform in 2006.
Andrew is a chartered accountant and recently retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in work place pensions for over 25 years. He provided audit and other assurance services to trustees covering a wide variety of size and type of pension scheme.
Andrew is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) Pensions Sub-Committee and has had Committee roles in both the National Association of Pensions Funds and the Society of Pensions Consultants. His current roles include being Chairman of the Trustee Board of the pension schemes of ICAEW and Mothercare plc.
Madeline (Maddi) Forrester
Madeline (Maddi) Forrester is a managing director of MFS International (UK) Limited, serving as the head of Institutional Business for the UK for MFS Investment Management (MFS). Maddi manages MFS' London-based UK institutional team and works with pension funds, insurers and consultants throughout the UK. In addition to focusing on UK clients, she is also a member of MFS' global defined contribution (DC) strategy team. Maddi is based in London.
Maddi joined MFS in October 2014. Prior to joining MFS, she oversaw the UK institutional business for AXA Investment Managers. Previously she spent sixteen years at Threadneedle Asset Management where she served a number of roles including Head of Global Institutional Business, Head of UK Distribution, Fixed Income Specialist, Head of Insurance Asset Management and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager. Earlier in her career she worked as a fund manager for JP Morgan and as a fixed income sales-professional for UBS.
Maddi earned her degree from the University of Oxford. As well as being a council member of the Pensions Policy Institute she is currently serves Director of the DC Investment Forum.
Robert Laslett CBE
Robert is an independent economist who worked as head of consumer protection at the Office of Fair Trading up to 2012, and was Chief Economist for Pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions from 2003 to 2010.
His current roles include being a member of the Independent Governance Committee of Zurich insurance, being a member of the Civil Aviation Consumer Panel at the CAA, being the Treasurer of the citizen journalism charity On Our Radar, being a visiting senior lecturer at University College London and being a volunteer adviser at Citizens Advice.
Robert has had a long involvement in the world of pensions both internationally, from his work on developing country pension systems at the World Bank, and in the UK, from his work as an economic consultant heading the financial services practices at London Economics and Charles River Associates. He was awarded the CBE in 2010.
Joanne Segars OBE
Joanne became the Chief Executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in October 2006 having joined the organisation in 2005 as Director of Policy. Before joining the Association she was Head of Pensions and Savings at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) from 2001 to 2005. Joanne held the pensions brief at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for 13 years and started her career in pensions as a researcher and journalist for Incomes Data Services.
Joanne sits on the Board of PensionsEurope, having spent two years as Chair, and also sits on the Board of Pension Quality Mark. Joanne is Chair of Pensions Infrastructure Platform. Joanne is a founding governor of the Pensions Policy Institute and sits on its Council. She is also a Director of TUC Stakeholder Trustees Ltd. From 1996 to 2003 Joanne was a member of the board of OPRA. Joanne has a degree in economics from John Moores University, Liverpool, and a Master of Arts degree in industrial relations from the University of Warwick.
Joanne was awarded an OBE for services to the pensions industry in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Margaret Snowdon OBE
Margaret became a Governor of the PPI in 2009 and joined the PPI’s Council in 2011. Margaret chairs the PPI Council’s Funding Sub-Committee.
Margaret is a Director of JLT Employee Benefits, where she leads on Research and Development and manages key client relationships. She has recently been appointed as a Director of the Independent Governance Committee of the Phoenix Group Board. She is also Chairman of the Monitoring Board on Incentive Exercises and Chairman of the Pensions Administration Standards Association. She chairs the Industry Group that developed the Combating Pension Scams Code of Practice, which was launched in March 2015. She led on JLT’s development of a new national pension qualification in member guidance with PMI as the awarding body. This was launched in December 2014.
Margaret was appointed an OBE in 2010 and has, uniquely, for five years running been named as one of the Top 50 Influential People in Pensions and was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the pensions industry by the PMI in 2012. In 2013 she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Finance and in July 2014 was named Pensions Personality of the Year.
Paul is a Solicitor who has specialised in work-based pension schemes since 1982. He joined Travers Smith as a partner in 1989 and advises on all aspects of pensions law. He advises on a wide variety of pension arrangements, including some of the UK's largest pension funds.
Paul has had several roles in the Association of Pension Lawyers and chaired its Legislative & Parliamentary Committee during the time of Government consultation on the Pensions Act 2004 and the new tax regime in the Finance Act 2004.
Paul is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.
Anthony was Director of the Nuffield Foundation from 1995 to 2012. He now has a number of non-executive roles in the charitable sector. He is a trustee of the Bell Foundation, a trustee of the Association of Charitable Foundations and a governor of City and Islington (Further Education) College. He also works in science and mathematics education where he continues a lifelong interest in understanding how citizens engage with technical matters (including pensions). He is director of the Salters’ Institute, and a visiting Professor at King’s College, London. He was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to education.
Kevin is an experienced pension consultant who has been advising high profile clients for over 40 years. He is a qualified scheme actuary who has been involved with many different aspects of pension, investment and broader employee benefits, including the establishment of the Aon Hewitt UK Defined Contribution team. He was the inaugural UK lead for Global Risk Services, a fusion of actuarial and investment skills designed to help clients make sense of rapidly changing investment markets and new risk driven solutions, as they guide their plans to a more stable future.
He continues to act as pension adviser on a limited number of client assignments and one off references. He is practicing what he has been preaching about phased retirement by working four days a week. His current passion –with typically modest ambition – is to transform the UK pensions landscape, by making Collective Defined Contribution plans – Target Pension plans – a reality, and thereby improve the pensions outcomes for millions of UK workers.
David Yeandle OBE
David Yeandle has been a PPI Council Member since the PPI’s inception in 2001 and was a member of the PPI’s predecessor body, the Pension Provision Group (PPG) chaired by Tom Ross OBE.
David is currently the Director, Government Relations, of European Employers Group, the Co-Chair of the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the food and drink industry and the independent President of the United Nations’ Staff-Management Committee.
David was diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS in March 2010 and, before retiring early in October 2010, he had been the Head of Employment Policy of EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, from 1995 representing the views of manufacturers on employment and pensions issues to the UK Government and the European Union. In the summer of 2010, he was one of 3 independent reviewers who were asked by the Coalition Government to undertake a review of pensions auto-enrolment and their Report, “Making Auto-enrolment Work”, was published in autumn 2010.
Before joining EEF, David had worked for some 20 years in the Personnel Department of Pirelli Cables, the UK manufacturing part of the international Pirelli Group, and for the last 6 years was the Director, Personnel.
David was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he obtained a degree in economics, and he is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a Fellow of the RSA.
He was awarded an OBE for services to engineering and manufacturing employers in June 2008.
Andrew Young OBE
Andrew is an actuary and currently works at The Pensions Regulator. In 2009 he retired from the Government Actuary's Department, where he had worked for 37 years. During that time he advised the UK and foreign governments on various aspects of social security and pensions policy and financing, including lately advising the Pension Protection Fund and the Pensions Regulator.
In 2008, Andrew worked at the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority where he provided advice in the section examining issues facing personal account members entering the decumulation phase.
In 2007, he led a review for government into some aspects of the Financial Assistance Scheme (the "Young Review") aimed at improving the financial outcome for the members of pension schemes not covered by the PPF. In 2003-05 Andrew was seconded to the DWP to help design the PPF.
Andrew has been a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Pensions Board and Chairman of their Technical and Research Committee. He was previously a past-chair of the International Actuarial Association Social Security Committee and is currently chair of an IAA sub-group on Population Issues.