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As the first Director of the Pensions Policy Institute, appointed in 2002, Alison O’Connell led the initial development of the PPI into an authoritative voice on pension policy in the UK. The PPI is a non-political, independent research organisation providing comment and analysis on retirement income policy.
At the PPI, Alison’s main research interests included reform options for state pension provision, the balance of state and private provision, and longevity issues such as state pension age.
Alison left the PPI in July 2006 when she moved to New Zealand. She is now a consultant on superannuation policy, longevity and financial literacy and a Research Associate at New Zealand Public Finance. She completed a PhD on longevity and public policy at Victoria University of Wellington in 2012. Living in Christchurch, Alison experienced the earthquakes of 2010/11, worked on insurance issues at the government body tasked with the rebuild, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, and is now a Board Member of the Earthquake Commission.
Alison has a degree in Mathematics from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, a postgraduate degree in Gerontology from King’s College, London, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. Before turning to pension policy, Alison worked in the financial services industry for 15 years, including spells at Swiss Re, Mercer, and the management consultants, McKinsey & Co.