Danielle Baker, Head of Membership & External Engagement
Danielle is Head of Membership and External Engagement and joined the PPI in February 2014. Danielle is responsible for events, PR and ensuring our members receive continual support and a beneficial and valuable membership experience.
Danielle works closely with the PPI Funding Sub-Committee, to develop and implement a strategy for keeping members informed and up-to-date with PPI developments, and exploring new ways in which the PPI can engage with members. Since joining the PPI Danielle has delivered a new Members Newsletter and developed our presence on social media, including Twitter, Linked-in and Mallowstreet. In July 2015 Danielle also launched our new level of Membership, Associate Membership is designed to engage with smaller DB/DC schemes, LGA’s, Independent Governance Committees and smaller organisations that have an interest in pensions policy. In the coming months Danielle will be working to develop the Members only area of the PPI website.
Prior to working for the PPI, Danielle worked for a Professional Body managing the London Branch, she brings a wealth of experience of supporting members, delivering membership services and developing the membership experience. She also developed a schedule of events delivered to members for circa 100 people.
For events, press related queries or if you are interested in membership and would like to find out how we can support you or you are a current member and would like to share your ideas for enhancing your membership experience, ideas for events, or require information on the current activities of the Institute then please contact Danielle in the first instance.
Maritha Lightbourne, Head of Finance and Operations
Maritha is Head of Finance and Operations and joined the PPI in June 2005. Maritha is responsible for the day to day operational duties of the Institute, accounts and HR. Maritha is also Company Secretary and works closely with the Board of Council and Senior Management on Governance.
Before joining the PPI, Maritha worked closely with the Management Team in a voluntary youth organisation constructing life skill programmes for youth workshops, managing various projects and youth events within the organisation.
Maritha started her career as a Junior Accounts Assistant at Chrysalis Music while volunteering her time to assist in the administration of a not for profit organisation.
Maritha has a FdA Business and Management qualification from Greenwich University, a NVQ3 in Business & Administration and a NVQ2 in the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians). Maritha is currently studying a MSc in Charity Accounting and Financial Management with Cass Business School, City University London.
For general enquiries or finance related matters, in the first instance, please contact Maritha.
Jennifer Summers, Admin and Finance Officer
Jennifer Summers is the Admin and Finance Officer, assisting the Head of Finance and Operations, and the Head of Membership and External Engagement.
Prior to joining the PPI in September 2015, Jennifer achieved a first class BSc (Hons) Developmental Psychology degree from University of South Wales in 2014 and completed a MSc Gerontology degree from King’s College London in 2015.
The Policy Research Team
Daniela Silcock, Head of Policy Research
Daniela is Head of Policy Research at the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), and she leads the PPI Policy Research team. She has a wealth of experience in conducting quantitative and qualitative research into all aspects of state and private pensions policy, writing articles for journals and national press, and presenting to a variety of domestic and international audiences, including radio and television appearances.
Daniela originally joined the PPI in 2008 and took a short break in 2012 to work as a Committee Specialist for the Work and Pensions Select Committee.
Prior to working in research and policy Daniela was a social worker with vulnerable adults and children.
Daniela has an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
Priya Khambhaita, Senior Policy Researcher
Priya Khambhaita joined the PPI
in February 2017 as Senior Policy Researcher. Priya is currently working on
different projects within the policy team. Her research experience is around
the social and economic wellbeing of older people including the areas of health
and social care.
Priya has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Cardiff University. She also has an ESRC funded Masters and PhD in Social Science from the University of Southampton. Prior to joining the PPI, Priya worked at the University of Southampton as Senior Research Fellow and has also previously worked at the Institute for Employment Studies.
Lauren Wilkinson, Policy Researcher
Lauren Wilkinson joined the PPI in September 2016 as a Policy Researcher. Lauren is currently working on a series of briefing notes on the sustainability of Defined Benefit pension schemes and a series of reports on engagement, beginning with a report on behavioural economics and barriers to engagement.
Prior to joining the PPI, Lauren acheived an undergraduate Masters in Politics and Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, followed by a Masters in Public Administration and Public Policy at the University of York.
Hayley James, PhD Student
Hayley James is a PhD student at University of Manchester with sponsorship from the Pensions Policy Institute. Her Thesis looks at the impact of automatic enrolment into workplace pensions on individual decision making, based on a qualitative research methodology.
Hayley has a background in Economic Anthropology. Her main research interests concern sociological and anthropological perspectives on money and value, and how meaning is created through these tools.
Alexandra Kidane, Policy Research Intern
Alexandra is the current Policy Intern at PPI and joined in July 2017. She is pursuing her Masters degree in International Relations from King’s College London and holds a first in BA International Relations from Oxford Brookes University.
Alexandra has previously worked within the legal non-profit sector and has had qualitative research experience. Her main interests include counter-terrorism and Islamic radicalisation.
The Policy Modelling Team
Tim Pike, Head of Modelling
Tim is the Head of Modelling of the PPI responsible for delivering the models and modelling to support the PPI’s current research program.
Tim joined the PPI in July 2015 from Legal and General where he spent nearly ten years contributing to a wide variety of actuarial modelling projects, from financial reporting to annuity pricing.
Tim has an MA (Cantab.) having studied mathematics at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge.
John Adams, Senior Policy Analyst
John has been the PPI’s Senior Policy Analyst since 2008 and he leads the quantitative analysis and modelling research. In his time at the PPI John has worked on a number of PPI modelling projects on public sector pension reform.
In addition John has led on the PPI's research into the role of housing in supporting retirement (which involved developing modelling of tenure and the size of housing wealth in the UK), and worked on research sponsored by AEGON that considered simultaneous reforms to pensions tax relief, state pensions and access to private pensions.
John joined the PPI in 2008 from Hewitt Associates. At Hewitt he worked within the Pensions Actuarial Services team, overseeing the modelling of standard and non-standard pension scheme calculations for the consultants to present to the clients.
Prior to joining Hewitt John worked for the Government Actuary's Department for 8 years in the Occupational Pensions directorate, during which time he designed their investment roll-up model and designed models for the use of other Government departments.
John has a BSc in Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics from Heriot Watt and a Post Graduate Diploma in Actuarial Management from Cass Business School.
Silene Capparotto, Policy Modeller
Silene is a PPI Policy Modeller and joined the PPI in August 2016. Silene is responsible for using and developing the PPI's suite of actuarial pension models.
Before joining the PPI, Silene held the position of Pricing Analyst at Genertel S.p.A - Generali Group, Italy providing support in developing technical rating models with Emblem for Motor Add-ons cover.
Silene is an Italian Actuary (Fellow of the Italian Society of Actuaries) with a Master and Bachelor Degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science from the University of Trieste - Faculty of Economics.
Sergio Maffra, PhD Student
Sergio Maffra is a PhD student at King's College London with sponsorship from the Pensions Policy Institute. His Thesis focus on the asset liability management of longevity risk.
Sergio has a BSc in Computer Engineering, and a MSc in Computer Science from the
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He also has a MSc in Mathematical Finance from the National Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics, in Brazil.
Jamie Stevenson, Policy Modelling Intern
Jamie is the current intern for the modelling team at PPI. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in BSc Sociology at the University of Manchester. In the past she has handled large databases by working in Events Administration and Management and has developed both qualitative and quantitative data skills through research projects consistent with her university course.