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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 Board level.

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

Panel members

Jim 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 Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals (CIPP).

Tina is a Chartered HR leader and has had a long career in Human Resources Management. Tina 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 in business matters through her blog, Just Human Resources.

Helen 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, the Independent Member of the Audit Committee for the General Pharmaceutical Council and a Lay Member and Vice Chair of Liverpool CCG. Helen first became involved with Nest when Telco chose Nest as its pension scheme provider.

Emma is Managing Director of CE Back Office Limited, an outsourced payroll bureau based in Cheshire. Emma’s payroll experience started within the temporary labour sector. CE Back Office specialise in managing payroll for workers who are paid by the hour, dealing with SMEs within care, construction, engineering, hospitality, recruitment and retail sectors. Emma first became involved with Nest back in 2014 and regularly uses Nest, with the majority of her client base choosing Nest as their pension provider.

Ann has been Head of Pensions at the University of Edinburgh since 2000. The University of Edinburgh administers many public and private sector pension arrangements, both Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution, and is a supporter of Nest with approximately 1,800 actively contributing members. Ann is Secretary of the University’s in-house defined benefit scheme which has a market value of around £450m, and she manages the external advisers as well as ensuring the Scheme’s investments remain within their strategic allocations. Ann also sits on the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS)'s Institutions Advisory Panel where she represents the employer in relation to USS policy, procedure and practice. Ann is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Tim is Finance Director for Loomis UK Limited, having joined the Company in 2008. Tim has previously held roles at PwC as Audit Manager and Egg PLC as Finance Reporting Manager and is a Chartered Accountant. Tim has management responsibility at Loomis UK for all pension matters including the management of the Defined Benefit section of the Loomis UK Pension Scheme which was closed to new joiners from 2001 and from future accrual in 2013. Tim also has experience from a Trustee perspective having been a Trustee and Chairperson of the Loomis UK Pension Scheme up until 2012. Loomis UK supports Nest and chose the Scheme as its pension scheme provider, as part of the implementation of auto enrolment in 2013. Tim passionately believes in ensuring that all employees are given access to a good quality pension scheme, which is also cost effective from an employer’s perspective. He sees improving employee and member pension communications and engagement as a key challenge for employers, to ensure that all employees make positive and informed choices about their future in line with their individual aspirations and plans.

A payroll and reward specialist, Helen worked for HMRC for 27 years before joining the CIPP’s Policy and Research team, rising to Associate director of Policy.

Holding the MSc in Business and Payroll Management through Derby University, Helen is now the Head of Payroll Policy at MBKB, ensuring that payroll apprentices, who are the future of the payroll industry, along with their employers, understand their obligations and are kept up to date with the latest developments in payroll legislation. Helen’s responsibilities with MBKB ensure currency and validity of knowledge and information for learners and members, and going the extra mile for the payroll sector, helping to guide and shape the future of payroll.

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. 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.

Sharon has worked in finance for over 25 years and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). She is currently the Group Financial Controller for Spicerhaart Group Limited, a family-run business which was founded in 1989 and is now the UK’s largest independent Estate Agency group, providing a broad range of property related services. Prior to this she headed up the Management Accounting function at Britvic plc and in her early career gained several years of experience in both external and internal audit across various industries. Sharon first became involved with Nest in 2012 when, together with the Head of HR, she was responsible for the implementation of auto enrolment at Spicerhaart and chose Nest as the group’s pension scheme provider for approximately 1,600 employees.

Stephen is Operations Manager of Pavilion Textiles Ltd, a specialist manufacturer and distributor based in Northampton, where he was responsible for selecting Nest as the preferred pension scheme for employees when auto enrolment was implemented in 2015. His career began with 20 years in retail including with Marks and Spencer and as a Central Buyer for John Lewis Department Stores. This was followed by 16 years as the Marketing Director of Filigree, the UK’s largest lace curtain manufacturer. Stephen was initially attracted to Nest by the low charges and member-focused structure, as well as the performance of employees’ pension pots. Stephen is a strong supporter of Nest and is passionate about promoting closer engagement between employers and the Nest scheme.

Statement of Investment principles and Terms of Reference


Statement of Investment Principles

This document outlines the Board Members’ approach to how they manage members’ money.

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Employers’ Panel terms of reference

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

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