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Members' Panel

The Members’ Panel allows Nest to take the views and considerations of members into account.

The panel is a sounding board for ideas and suggestions proposed by Nest. It provides recommendations on key issues to make sure that specific member concerns are raised at Trustee level.

The Members’ Panel participates in the appointment of future Trustee Members and is consulted when we review the Statement of investment principles (SIP). This document outlines the Trustee Members’ approach to how they manage members’ money.

The Members’ Panel publishes an annual report. This explains how Nest has considered the views of scheme and panel members.

See the Members’ Panel annual report 2018/2019

Members’ Panel annual report 2017/2018 (PDF)

Members’ Panel annual report 2016/2017 (PDF)​

Members’ Panel annual report 2015/2016 (PDF)​

Members’ Panel annual report 2014/2015 (PDF)​

Members’ Panel annual report 2013/2014 (PDF)​

Members​’ Panel annual report 2012/2013 (PDF)

Terms of reference

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

Panel members

Nigel was a Trustee Member of Nest Corporation from 2011 until June 2016 serving on the remuneration, determinations and investment committees.  
Nigel has also been head of campaigns and communications at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) since May 1997, where he led much of the TUC’s work on pensions reform following the report of the Pensions Commission. Nigel is currently a Trustee of the TUC Superannuation Society.
He joined the TUC as its first ever parliamentary officer in 1994. From 1992 to 1994 he freelanced in public affairs, research and journalism where his client list included the Shopping Hours Reform Council, the European Commission, the Labour Party and a number of Members of Parliament.
Nigel also worked at the House of Commons from 1983 to 1992, first for Robin Cook and then for Bryan Gould on research, press relations and campaign management.

Leon Fellas is a Chartered Accountant and qualified financial planner. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and the UK CFA Society. He spent his career in the City as a forensic accountant and valuation specialist, where he advised on financial elements of litigations, international arbitrations and M&A transactions. Since then Leon has worked as a freelance writer and runs a popular finance and investing blog where he writes about pensions, saving and investing. 

Leon believes that saving for retirement is a crucial step to lifelong happiness. He hopes that by being part of the Nest Members' panel he can help to increase members' engagement in saving for retirement.

Tim Sharp is a policy officer specialising in pensions issues in the Economic and Social Affairs Department of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). The TUC represents nearly six million members organised in more than 50 unions. Before joining the TUC, Tim was the London-based City Editor for Scotland’s Herald newspaper reporting on business, investment and pensions matters. Tim is a member of the Pensions Regulator’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel and a trustee of the TUC’s pension scheme. Earlier in his career Tim was a journalist for various specialist publications covering investment and pensions issues.

Catherine Walker qualified as a barrister and the majority of her early career was spent as an investment banker at NatWest and Schroders. She currently holds a judicial appointment with the Ministry of Justice hearing appeals in Tribunal from decisions of the Department of Work and Pensions on health and disability benefits. She is Practice Director of a firm of employment solicitors and is a Non-Executive Director of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust. She has an interest in educational standards and governance and held a long term role as governor and director of an Academy Trust in Kent ranked outstanding by OFSTED. She is a Lay Representative for Health Education England involved in reviewing the quality of medical education in the London teaching hospitals. She is a member of Nest.

Nigel is a National Officer at the Communication Workers Union which has around 200,000 members. This role involves negotiating on terms and conditions, occupational matters and pensions in the telecoms, IT and financial services sectors. Nigel has been the lead negotiator on pension issues in these sectors since 2000 dealing with private sector defined benefit and defined contribution schemes. He also represents members in individual pension cases.

Nigel is a member of the Airwave Solutions Ltd Pension Governance Committee.

Previously Nigel was a Research Officer for the CWU providing briefings on terms and conditions, regulatory, policy and political issues.

Rosemary Whitehead was a pension manager within the Timpson Group where she worked for over 30 years before retiring. In this position she managed the company defined benefit pension scheme and also acted as secretary to the Trustee. 

More recently, she has been responsible for the selection and implementation of Nest as the group’s auto enrolment scheme and is a member of Nest herself. Her earlier career was spent in scientific research, including periods in the theoretical chemistry departments at both the University of Cambridge and the City University of New York.

Rebecca Campbell is a teacher and graduate researcher in the department of management at The London School of Economics (LSE). Rebecca joined LSE as a PhD research student in 2013, where she received a scholarship. She’s worked at LSE as a researcher for a variety of projects, including those exploring pensions and senior executive pay. She’s currently looking at the impact financial education has on pension choices.
Before her career in academia, Rebecca worked as a director of a high-end women’s wear fashion business. In this position, among other roles, she had principal responsibility for all human resource issues.

Aaron Porter has a wide range of experience in the education sector. He is an associate director at the Leadership Foundation and oversees public affairs activity for the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB). He was previously the president of the National Union of Students (NUS) and has served on a number of governing bodies including the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Endsleigh Insurance. He’s also a school governor in south London, a qualified football referee and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.

David has a wealth of auto enrolment experience, having worked at the National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) from 2012 to 2015, helping a wide range of employers and intermediaries set up and administer their Nest schemes. David remains a member of Nest, and now at Systemsync Solutions Ltd works closely with payroll software and payroll users to ease the burden of auto enrolment administration through Pensionsync. He holds the PMI Certificate in Auto Enrolment.

Earlier in his career, David worked in various consultant and project manager roles at AquilaHeywood implementing pension administration software for public and private sectors, having started out as a trainee actuary with BBS.

Rachel is currently Policy Officer at ShareAction, a charity established to promote transparency and responsible investment practices by pension funds and other institutional investors. ShareAction’s vision is of an investment system that better serves savers and communities, and protects the environment for the long term. While in this role, she has engaged with UK policy makers, responded to consultations and produced briefings on a range of issues relating to the rules governing pension funds, the investment system and corporate reporting. She previously trained as a solicitor in the City of London, gaining experience in pensions and financial services law.

Rachel hopes to contribute an understanding of what it means to be a young pension saver dealing with higher costs of living and lower income than recent generations have experienced. Rachel first became involved with Nest when she was enrolled into ShareAction’s pension scheme in 2016.

Andrew is a communications professional, possessing a depth of experience & knowledge in not-for-profit, member based organisations. Holding a depth of experience across scheme administration and assurance from a member point of view, particularly in relation to ESG issues.

Andrew currently works for Climate Bonds Initiative as Head of Communications & Media, which is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit organisation with the objective of mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solution.  Andrew has experience of working in the UK and Australian pension markets.

Andrew has an understanding of member based principles and ethos in organisational values, which he believes will add value to the Members’ Panel


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.




Last updated 10/19