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Executive team

Day-to-day management of Nest Corporation and the Nest scheme is delegated by the Trustee to our Chief Executive Officer, who is supported by an executive team.

Executive team profiles

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Helen Dean, CEO of Nest Pensions, is one of the architects of auto enrolment and responsible for bringing 9 million UK workers into pension saving. During her time at DWP Helen was tasked with coming up with a solution to the UK’s chronic under-saving in pensions. Her degree in psychology led Helen to behavioural economics. Finding compulsion too extreme, Helen and her team started to explore nudge theory. Fast forward and having designed and built the policy that would change the face of pension saving in the UK, Helen moved to PADA, Nest’s predecessor. Here she moved from policy to delivery. Helen and the PADA team were faced with a blank piece of paper and a big challenge – to build a low-cost, high-quality pension scheme from scratch. 

In the last 8 years Helen has led the product, marketing and operations arms of Nest, before her appointment as CEO in September 2016. Since then, Helen has been at the helm of one of the largest pension schemes in the UK. Using her position to support women in pensions, Helen is a mentor to female pensions and non-pensions professionals, offering guidance and coaching. Helen has signed the Women in Finance Charter on behalf of Nest, overseen the creation of Nest’s first diversity group and published Nest’s gender pay report despite not being required to. Helen is committed to bringing more diversity to Nest’s senior team and is working with her board to establish a senior leadership programme to cultivate the next generation of diverse leaders for Nest. 

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Dan Davis, Chief Risk Officer at Nest is a member of the Institute of Risk Management. Dan is also the Data Protection Officer at Nest.

Over his 10 year career in risk he has facilitated the enterprise risk management of several high-profile engineering projects, including the Jubilee and Northern line signalling upgrade and the Blackfriars station and bridge reconstruction. Dan has recently worked with The World Bank, working with a newly formed pension scheme on risk governance and regulatory oversight.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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Will is Executive Director of Nest Insight, Nest’s in-house research and thought leadership unit focused on delivering cutting-edge research into how to improve retirement outcomes for the ‘DC generation’. He has nearly 15 years of experience working in strategy, public policy and research relating to personal finance and pensions, including time working for the UK Government on financial inclusion and on the design and implementation of their landmark Automatic Enrolment programme. In 2008 he joined Nest, shortly after it was formed (then as PADA) and joined the executive team in 2010 as Strategy Director.

In 2016 he oversaw the launch of the Insight Unit and since earlier this year has been focused on it full time. Outside of Nest he is a member of the research committee of the International Centre for Pensions Management, and of the World Economic Forum’s project expert committee for their Retirement and Investment Systems Reform Project.

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Neville has extensive experience in the financial services sector, having held senior legal roles at RSA, AEGON, St James’s Place and Lloyds Bank.

Neville began his career in the Army Serving as a Captain in the Royal Engineers.

Riz is an experienced delivery director, who has successfully delivered significant business change and transformation programmes in a variety of sectors. Riz’s experience includes working for blue-chip organisations, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, JP Morgan, EuronextLIFFE and BT. 

Riz joined Nest in 2009 and was part of the team that ran the competition for the original scheme administration contract, and subsequently drove the delivery of changes to the Nest Platform since 2012. He has ensured Nest, and other organisations he’s worked at, deliver complex change efficiently and effectively.

Mark Rowlands

Mark is responsible for building the engagement and supporting proposition strategy with employers, their intermediaries and members. This encompasses the end to end experience from joining the scheme through to a member taking their benefits. 

Mark has nearly 30 years’ experience in workplace pensions. Prior to joining Nest he worked for leading providers and consultancies like AXA and Mercer and has a background in strategy, product development, marketing, customer engagement and utilising behavioural research solutions.

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.

The Trustee

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

Last updated 04/20