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Employers' Panel

The Employers’ Panel enables employers to give their perspective on NEST and contribute to a range of issues and activities.

These issues will vary over time, but could include giving input on whether communications aimed at employers are appropriate and making sure that specific employer concerns are raised at Trustee level.

The Employers’ Panel is also consulted whenever we review the Statement of investment principles (SIP). This document outlines the Trustee Members’ approach to how they manage members’ money.

Terms of reference

The panel operates under terms defined in the Employers’ Panel terms of reference (PDF).

Panel members

Jamie's current position since April 2017 is with The Pensions Advisory Service where he manages one of the teams providing the full range of pension guidance to members of the public. Prior to this his previous roles include Managing Director of Murco Petroleum Limited, having also held Retail Marketing and Treasury, Tax & Insurance director positions within the company. Jamie was Chair of the Trustees of Murco Pension Scheme and he played a key role in the sale of Murco’s UK businesses during 2014 and 2015 when the pension scheme was a key factor in the sale negotiations. Jamie is also a member of Ibd Business Advice Group, a network of professional advisers, who provide practical advice to small and medium size businesses.

Jim Ross is the Head of Pay and Pensions at the University of Glasgow. The University of Glasgow is a strong supporter of NEST with a current membership of 1,541 members. Jim has been employed by the University since 2001 and has been involved in the pay and pension industry for over 30 years. Jim is both a Trustee and Secretary to the Trustee Board for the University of Glasgow’s in‐house defined benefit pension scheme (UGPS) and is the principal point of contact for the eight investment managers who provide investment solutions for this £400M Scheme. He is also a member of the Scheme’s Investment Sub‐Committee.

In his role as Payroll Manager, Jim represents the University at British Universities Financial Director’s Group (BUFDG) where he is the Scottish Chair of the Pay & Expenses Group.
Jim is a Fellow of the Charted Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).

Tina Lamai is a Chartered HR leader and has had a long career in Human Resources Management. Tina is currently provides proactive people and business advice at board level in various Higher Education Institutes and is a Managing Director of a security provider company. In addition, Tina serves as one of the Board Trustees of Havering’s Citizens Advice Bureau and also writes and shares content on people on business matters through her blog, Just Human Resources.

Helen Dearden is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor and has had a long career in finance and tax. Helen is currently the Finance Director of Mersey Gateway Crossings Board Limited, a company established to oversee the construction and operation of a new six lane toll bridge over the Mersey, designed to improve regional transport links encouraging inward investment, and is Finance Director of a small OMB, Telco Sensors Limited, a company specialising in the sale and distribution of sensors. In addition Helen is the independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee at the General Optical Council, a Trustee of a local mental health charity and on the Board of Alder Hey Children’s Charity where she is also Chair of the Audit Committee.

Helen first became involved with NEST when Telco chose NEST as its pension scheme provider.

Bill Denison is the managing director of F2 Chemicals Ltd, a speciality chemical manufacturing company based in Preston, Lancashire. He’s been an executive director of the company since it was incorporated by British Nuclear Fuels Plc (BNFL) in 1992. Before this he worked for BNFL and had managerial roles on plants making chemical intermediates used in the manufacture of nuclear fuel. For the last 20 years he’s also been a director of the corporate Trustee of the in-house defined benefit pension scheme. His first association with NEST was in 2011 when F2 Chemicals Ltd was selected as a company to be involved in the launch of NEST.

Nisha Minhas was the head of human resources for Fluidata, a data delivery networking company. She was responsible for setting up and establishing the human resources department for the company. Nisha leads the compensation and benefits offering to Fluidata employees which has been awarded the gold standard by Investors in People for three consecutive years and the Sunday Times Best Company to Work For 2014 and 2015.  Previous to this, Nisha worked for three years in human resources focusing on recruitment. Nisha also has global experience at AFA Press for specialist communications with ministers, monarchy and chief executives.

Nisha is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has a CIPD advanced diploma, specialising in human resource management. Nisha has worked closely with NEST and it’s marketing team to promote the auto enrolment to other companies. Fluidata was used as a case study to highlight challenges and solutions the company encountered when implementing auto enrolment.

Emelda Nicholroy is the head of pensions policy at the Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA). She provides pension advice and support to higher education employers. She also represents these employers,  in relation to the schemes they offer to their workers, as the education employer representative on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) scheme advisory board and the higher education employer representative on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) scheme advisory board.

She brings to the role wide-ranging experience from both in-house pensions arrangements and consultancy, and has a background in providing technical pension expertise to employers and Trustees of large defined benefit, defined contribution and hybrid pensions arrangements.

Helen Hargreaves is the policy and research manager for the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP). Before joining the CIPP in April 2011, Helen worked for HM Revenue and Customs for 27 years.
Helen’s main responsibility is to ensure that the CIPP members' and employers' voices are heard on a range of issues including payroll, business or pension matters. Her role includes managing the policy team and the CIPP’s advisory service. She writes articles for the CIPP magazine and other external publications, attends consultation forums with different government departments, conducts consultation surveys and submits responses to the various bodies. She also presents at CIPP and external events, keeping payroll practitioners in touch with the latest developments in payroll and pension legislation.

Linda has worked in HR for over 20 years including as Head of HR at two organisations.  Linda’s experience covers the full range of HR activities, mainly in the public and third sector. She is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and also holds a post graduate Certificate in Employment Law.  She currently works part-time as HR Manager at the College of Optometrists and as an HR consultant supporting mainly small employers. She served for ten years as a trustee of a large Housing Association and is currently a Trustee of Age UK Brighton and Hove.

Linda first became involved with NEST in 2014 and she continues to use NEST on a regular basis supporting a number of organisations.

Bruce is a director and trustee of Helping Hands Essex (HHE) – a small charity employing seven staff supporting people in the early stages of recovery from alcohol or drug abuse. Bruce has over 40 years’ experience in banking, finance and project management, latterly being a School Business Manager at a large secondary school.

Bruce first became involved with NEST twelve months ago when his charity chose NEST as its pension provider. As a user of NEST and a micro-employer, Bruce is particularly interested in making sure that pension schemes are simple to administer, efficient and effective and do not take time and resource away from the key functions of the business.

The Trustee

NEST Corporation is the Trustee of NEST, made up of a Chair and up to 14 Trustee Members. They set the strategic direction and objectives of NEST.

The executive team

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

Our policies and plans

We think it’s important to be clear about how we operate and what we do. We set this out in our policies and plans, such as our corporate plans for the years ahead.

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.