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Executive team

Day-to-day management of NEST Corporation and the NEST scheme is delegated by the Trustee to our 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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Dan’s registered interests (PDF)

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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.

Gavin's registered interests (PDF)

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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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Mark’s registered interests (PDF)

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Debbie has been part of the NEST team since 2014. Before this she worked in a wide range of Whitehall roles, including the establishment of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the pension reforms legislation, counter terrorism and the Department for Work and Pensions’s performance on benefit payments .

Most recently, she has led organisational design and change at the Home Office.

Before joining the civil service she was a senior research fellow at the Institute of Public Policy Research, director of policy and public affairs at Stonewall, and a researcher to several Members of Parliament. She also spent more than a decade acquiring degrees in economics and public policy.

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Debbie’s registered interests (PDF)

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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.

Richard’s registered interests (PDF)

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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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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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Fiona has been an in-house lawyer for the vast majority of her career, primarily in highly regulated sectors.

She has been general counsel and secretary of National Grid plc and Transport for London as well as Severn Trent Plc. She is also a non-executive director of Manchester Building Society.

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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.

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The Trustee

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

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