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Executive team

Day-to-day management of NEST Corporation and the NEST scheme is delegated by the Trustee to our chief executive officer, who is supported by an executive team.

Executive team profiles

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Helen has been a leading player in delivering UK pension reform. She was appointed as chief executive officer of NEST in September 2015, having previously held the roles of executive director of product and marketing and managing director of scheme development at NEST. Helen was also a board director of NEST’s predecessor body, the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA).

Prior to this, Helen was a senior civil servant at the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), where among other roles she was responsible for the Informed Choice initiative, which contributed to the UK government’s decision to implement auto enrolment, and then on the policy development and legislation that established the current UK pension reform agenda.  

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Dan is a member of The Institute of Risk Management and has previously worked within the transport sector.

Before joining NEST, Dan facilitated Enterprise Risk Management to support the delivery of several complex and high-profile engineering projects. This included the Jubilee and Northern Line signalling upgrade as well as the Blackfriars Station and Bridge Reconstruction Project, ThamesLink Programme.

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Gavin has been involved with the development of auto enrolment since 2007, initially advising DWP on the operational impacts of the proposed legislation and moving on to the development of the requirements for what would become the solution for NEST.
Prior to his work at NEST, Gavin spent almost his entire career in the corporate pensions sector.

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Mark has been an investment manager for over 27 years and managed money at a variety of institutions.

Mark was head of Japanese equities at Gartmore, and held the role of chief investment officer at American Express Asset Management International.

Before joining NEST, Mark was a partner at the boutique investment manager Thames River Capital LLP.

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Richard is a Chartered Management Accountant with broad financial experience and extensive knowledge of corporate governance, commercial business partnering, strategic planning, M&A activity and system improvements.

His experience over the last 20 years includes leading financial roles in a number of blue-chip UK retail and consumer product companies, such as Home Retail Group, BAA, Kingfisher, Whitbread and BP.

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Nick has a programme management and client service consultancy career spanning over 20 years. He has worked for blue-chip consultancies, like PricewaterhouseCoopers, and also niche consultancies in a variety of industry sectors, including financial services and mobile telecommunications.

Prior to working at NEST, Nick was CEO of Alpheus Solutions Limited, an IT project consultancy, controlling its subsidiaries in Germany and the UK, and has previously been a non-executive director of Refresh Mobile Limited.

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Will has been at NEST for over five years, initially leading our corporate affairs team and as director of strategy for the last three years. He leads NEST's strategic planning work and on areas of pensions policy such as small pots. He’s also responsible for our market research programme and for financial and business volume forecasting. Through Will's role at NEST he also sits on the International Centre for Pensions Management's research committee.

Before coming to NEST, Will was a senior policy analyst in the Department for Work and Pensions, working on various aspects of UK social policy including pension reform and working age benefits. Outside of NEST, he is a trustee of the charity Victim Support.

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Neville has extensive experience in the financial services sector, having held senior legal roles at RSA, AEGON, St James’s Place and Lloyds Bank.

Neville began his career in the Army Serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers

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Riz is an experienced delivery director, who has successfully delivered significant business change and transformation programmes in a variety of sectors. Riz’s experience includes working for blue-chip organisations, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan, EuronextLIFFE and BT. 

Riz joined NEST in 2009 and was part of the team that ran the competition for the original scheme administration contract, and subsequently drove the delivery of changes to the NEST Platform since 2012. He has ensured NEST, and other organisations he’s worked at, deliver complex change efficiently and effectively.

NEST is run as a trust

As a public body we have no owners or shareholders. This means we’re free to run the scheme in the interests of our members.

The Trustee

The Chair and Trustee Members set the strategic direction and objectives for NEST.