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Trustee members

NEST Corporation is the Trustee of NEST. It’s made up of a Chair and up to 14 Trustee Members.

The Chair and Trustee Members set the strategic direction and objectives for NEST. They also have a number of legal duties, including making sure that the scheme is run in the interests of its members.

NEST’s Trustee Members have been selected for their wide range of experience, skills and pensions industry knowledge.

Find out how Trustee Members are appointed

Trustee Member profiles

Otto has extensive experience in pensions, financial services and consumer issues across a range of private and public sector organisations. 

Before starting his portfolio career he was Director General of the Association of British Insurers from 2011 to 2015. Previously he was chief executive of AEGON UK from 2005 to 2011. He was the independent reviewer of the Treasury Review of Generic Financial Advice – the Thoresen Review - published in 2008 which led to the creation of the Money Advice Service.

Otto became Chair of NEST Corporation on 1 February 2015. He is also Chairman of the Board of Aviva International Insurance, and the Board of Aberdeen Asset Management’s Life subsidiary. He is a trustee of St. Mungo’s, the homelessness charity and a governor of the Pensions Policy institute. In recent years he has served as a trustee of Young Enterprise (a charity supporting business and financial education in schools) and StepChange, the debt advice charity.

Otto's registered interests (PDF)

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Iraj was a partner with Deloitte LLP for over 20 years. He led the National Internal Audit Group of Deloitte and was one of the firm’s recognised experts in internal audit and risk management.

 In the public sector, his clients included numerous organisations in central government, health, education and local government, and many public bodies, such as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, The Pensions Regulator, National Savings and Investments, and the European Investment Bank. He also has extensive private sector experience at a senior level, serving such organisations as Schroders plc and The Wellcome Trust.

 As well as being a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Iraj was a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a member of the regulatory decisions committee of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), chair of the audit and risk committee for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and is a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee at Finance Wales.

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Iraj’s registered interests (PDF)

image of Ian ArmfieldIan has worked in the retirement and pensions sector for more than 25 years, principally as an audit and risk assurance partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP until 2011. His other non-executive roles include being a director of Keystone Investment Trust and Managed Pension Funds Limited.

Ian’s registered interests (PDF)

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Graham has worked in financial services for 40 years. His executive career was with the Automobile Association (AA), Aviva plc and Police Mutual. In addition to general management roles he specialised in marketing and product development. He also held and number of positions for the Association of British Insurers and was Chair of the Association of Financial Mutuals.

Since finishing executive work Graham has worked as a non- executive director for a number of financial services organisations. Graham is currently Chair of the LV= With-Profits Committee, a Trustee of Yorkshire Cancer Research and a senior independent advisor for BDO LLP.

Graham’s registered interests (PDF)

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Carolan has a background in asset management and is an experienced Trustee and non-executive director in public and private sector organisations. Her most recent experience is as chair of JP Morgan European Smaller Companies Trust plc, Brunner Investment Trust plc, Schroders UK Growth plc and Blackrock Latin American Trust plc. She’s also a trustee of Amec Foster Wheeler pension scheme, Vaillant pension scheme, Bespak pension scheme and chairs the investment committee (ISC) at the London CIV. She also works as an advisor to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Carolan’s registered interests (PDF)

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Sally’s career in UK pensions and institutional investment spans three decades. She’s currently a non-executive director of Royal London Group, Impax Asset Management and the Local Pensions Partnership. Sally is also a senior adviser with Aviva International and a trustee of pension schemes at the Lloyds Banking Group. From 2007 to 2014, she was the chief executive officer and Trustee of the BP Pension Fund. Previously, she was a partner, pensions actuary and investment consultant at AON Hewitt.

Sally is a member of the 300 Club and serves on the investment committee for the trust of innovation charity Nesta.  She’s the founder and Chair of the Trustee Board, Executive Shift, a charity supporting flexible working at senior levels.

Sally is a qualified actuary and was the first lady Master of the Worshipful Company of Actuaries in 2016-17.

Sally's registered interests (PDF)

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Karen was a partner at Deloitte LLP from 1993 to 2010, working in the reorganisation services business advising on insolvency and restructuring, and subsequently as a partner in the firm’s risk management team and as joint chief risk officer.

Her public policy roles have included chair of the Federation of European Accountants' Money Laundering Working Party and chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England And Wales (ICAEW) money laundering sub-committee. Karen was also an elected member of the ICAEW council from 2007 to 2009, was formerly vice-chair of the Professional Standards Board of the ICAEW and a member of its disciplinary committee.

Since retiring from Deloitte, Karen’s portfolio has included non-executive director roles at the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC), and a regional Wildlife Trust, as well as advisory work with The High Street Fund and becoming a governor for her old school.

Karen’s registered interests (PDF)

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Caroline is the chief executive officer of the Money Advice service. Formerly a senior civil servant, her career spanned several top management roles. She has extensive experience of and expertise in shaping and delivering major policy programmes across government.

Between 2005 to 2013, Caroline was the director of private pensions at the Department for Work and Pensions where she led a landmark and successful reform of the UK’s private pension regime introducing auto enrolment. From 2002 to 2005, Caroline was the director of savings pensions and share schemes at HM Revenue and Customs, where she was responsible for a fundamental reform of the tax regime on pensions.

In 2014, she was awarded an Alumni Award by Lancaster University for outstanding achievement.

Caroline's registered interests (PDF)

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In addition to her role at NEST, Jill is Chair of the Judicial Pensions Board for the Ministry of Justice and also of the Northern Ireland Judicial Pensions Board. She’s Chair of the Trustee Board for the National Assembly for Wales Assembly Members’ pension scheme and is also Chair of Trustees for the Legal Services Commission pension scheme. Alongside this Jill is a non-executive director at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.  

Prior to her non-executive appointments, Jill enjoyed an accomplished 25 year career in a range of senior leadership positions in the commercial sector, focusing on large scale transformation projects, HR, finance shared services and operations in blue chip organisations such as Virgin Media and Lloyds Banking Group.

Jill has wide sector experience and has delivered the employee proposition, including pensions, in both large and small companies. As such, she has a keen interest in service delivery and customer and member experience. Jill is a long standing fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

Jill's registered interests (PDF)

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Ron has extensive procurement experience as a senior commercial executive working for and with a large number of organisations, clients and bodies in the private and public sector. He’s currently a senior member of Proxima’s Consulting practice, where he specialises in process and performance improvements including supplier risk management.  Ron is a Board Trustee for World at Play, a charity that uses sport and play to enrich the lives of marginalised and refugee children. He’s also part of the Kashmir Fellowship, a multi-party initiative to use economic and leadership levers to enhance prosperity and peace in that region.

Ron's registered interests (PDF)

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Tomas is an experienced senior executive with substantial strategic and operational expertise in the digital delivery of customer service. He has an established track record of building and growing retail financial services companies. He’s currently the chief executive for the Social Stock Exchange which was launched by David Cameron in June 2013. 

From 2004 to 2012, Tomas was the chief executive of Interactive Investor plc. He’s an ambassador for Home-Start UK and is a Trustee of the Tom Bowdidge Foundation.

Tomas registered interests (PDF)

Trustee committees

We have a number of committees, each chaired by a Trustee Member, which focus on key aspects of monitoring and control. These include audit, risk, investment and remuneration.

Policy and procedures

What Trustee Members do and how their meetings are run are defined in documents called the NEST terms of reference. We’ve also outlined appropriate ethical behaviour in our Trustee Members code of conduct.

Trustee meetings

We keep notes of the Trustee Member meeting to ensure complete transparency in how NEST is run.

NEST corporation annual report

Our annual report outlines what we’ve done over the last financial year.

The executive team

Day-to-day management of NEST Corporation is delegated by the Trustee to the executive team.