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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 Board Members and is consulted when we review the Statement of investment principles (SIP). This document outlines the Board 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 is also a board member of the Pensions Quality Mark and a Trustee of the Fair Life Charity. He is a member of Nest. Nigel was Head of Campaigns and Communications at the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 1997 until 2015. In this role, he played a pivotal part in the TUC’s work on pensions reform following the report of the Pensions Commission. He joined the TUC as its first ever Parliamentary Officer in 1994, after a period freelancing in public affairs and journalism. Before this he worked first for Robin Cook MP and then for Bryan Gould MP.

Amy is a Nest member and freelance singer-songwriter, working and touring across the UK, Europe and the US, with extensive customer service experience and consumer psychology insight. She works with community projects such as Girls Rock London, which builds self-esteem and empowers young females through music and is also a proud Musicians' Union London Regional Committee member. Amy also serves on London Young Workers Sub Committee and TUC Young Workers' Forum contributing to key issues affecting entrepreneurs, low earners and youth. In 2018, Amy attended the TUC Young Workers’ Conference to talk about sexism and sexual harassment in the music industry and is very driven in empowering members to make informed decisions today about their financial future.

Andrew is a communications professional, possessing a depth of experience and knowledge in not-for-profit, member-based organisations. Andrew has worked in the UK and Australian pension markets at both a board and executive level. His professional background includes retirement incomes policy, corporate governance, scheme administration and assurance from a member benefit perspective. He also gained experience in contemporary ESG issues in investment. Andrew currently works for Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) as Head of Communications & Media. CBI is an international, investor-focused not-for-profit organisation with the objective of mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions. Andrew also has an understanding of member-based principles and ethos in organisational values and operational objectives which he believes will add value to the Members’ Panel.

Catherine 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 for 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.

Christopher is Senior Policy Manager at Age UK, the national charity for older people. He leads Age UK’s public policy work on private pensions, employment and skills, which involves representing the interests of consumers and older people to Government, regulators and industry. He also manages a team covering a diverse range of policy issues, including housing, transport and equalities policy. He has worked at Age UK since May 2010. Prior to this he worked at the awarding body City & Guilds, where he managed its Parliamentary and public policy activity, and before that at Lansons, a public affairs agency specialising in financial services.

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. 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.

Jules has over two decades' experience building partnerships within the financial sector, most recently within workplace pensions and Employee Benefits. Prior to working in the private sector, Jules worked with the TUC on partnerships between employers and trade associations in Financial Services, and was Regional Manager for Financial Capability within the former FSA, and then National Partnerships Manager with the Money Advice Service. She was also involved in the development of employer and member communications prior to the roll-out of auto enrolment from 2012, and is passionate about financial education and financial well-being. She has recently contributed to consumer research with Pension Bee, and has a keen interest in financial technology and its impact on the pensions industry and member engagement. Jules brings a combination of informed insight from her own life experiences in relation to the barriers to pension savings and the effects on later life, as well as current experience as a Nest member.

Kirsty has worked as a senior payroll specialist for a number of years and is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals. She has been responsible for the selection and implementation of Nest for a number of employers and is also a member of Nest herself. Kirsty believes that there is more work to be done to encourage people to be more involved with their pension savings, and feels that being part of the Members’ Panel provides the opportunity to work collaboratively with like-minded individuals.

Leon 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.

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, and a trustee of the CWU 2000 defined benefit pension. 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.

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.

Tim is a Senior Policy Officer specialising in employment rights issues in the Rights, International, Social and Economics Department of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). He previously worked on pensions policy at the TUC. The TUC represents 5.5 million members organised in 48 unions. Before joining the TUC, Tim was the London-based City Editor for Scotland’s Herald newspaper reporting on business, investment and pension matters. Tim is 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.

The Trustee

Nest Corporation is the Trustee of Nest, made up of a Chair and up to 14 Board 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: 06/20