The past few months have seen some notable changes in key appointments in the pensions arena:
The Conservative General Election victory in May saw the departure of Steve Webb (who ceased to be an MP) as pensions minister. His replacement is the newly peered Ros Altmann, who has been a long-standing prominent figure in pensions, with a particular interest in consumer rights. On her appointment Ms Altmann said that her key priorities were to "take forward work to bring in the new State Pension, help millions more to be enrolled into good quality workplace pension schemes, and safeguard new freedom and choice as to how people access their savings".
- The Labour Party announced the new shadow Pensions Minister to be Lord Keith Bradley, replacing Gregg McClymont who lost his seat in the General Election.
- The new Pensions Ombudsman and Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman is Anthony Arter, whose post runs for a four year term from 25 May 2015. He is joined by a new Deputy Pensions Ombudsman and Deputy Pension Protection Fund Ombudsman - Karen Johnston - whose appointment began on 1 July for a three year term. Both individuals are from a legal and pensions background and we wait with interest to see what impact (if any) this might have on the decisions which emerge from the Ombudsman's office.
- Finally, the National Association of Pension Funds has announced the appointment of a new Chair – Leslie Williams, Group Pensions Director at Whitbread - who will take up the post after the NAPF's AGM on 16 October 2015, for a two year term. She is the first woman to chair the NAPF.