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John Chilman

John Chilman

John is the Chief Executive of RPMI, which provides pension, investment and advice services to the railways pensions schemes (RPS), a £32bn multi-employer plan with over 350,000 members, and to a number of third-party administration clients.

Previously John was a trustee, and latterly Chairman of the RPS, also held a number of pension Trusteeships in the UK and North America. John is currently an Independent Trustee Director of the Nestlé UK Pension Fund, chairing both the DB and DC committees, and is a member of the PLSA Policy Board.

John held a number of financial and M&A roles in South West Electricity and Shell before moving into pensions and reward in the late 1990s. John enjoyed two periods in pensions at FirstGroup, around a two-year stint as Group Head of Reward at HBOS. He joined National Grid in May 2017 and had overall responsibility for the pension arrangements in the UK and US, including investment, benefit design, risk management and communications. He developed its pension strategy, and implemented a £2.1bn longevity swap whilst there, with significant buy-ins being completed shortly after his departure.

John has an MA from St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.


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