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Local Pension Board

This page lists the meetings for Local Pension Board.


Information about Local Pension Board

The Board’s Terms of Reference Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy is available here.  


The purpose of the Board is to assist the Administering Authority in its role as a scheme manager of the Scheme. Such assistance is to:


(a)  secure compliance with the Regulations, any other legislation relating to the governance and administration of the Scheme, and requirements imposed by the Pensions Regulator in relation to the Scheme and;

(b)  to ensure the effective and efficient governance and administration of the Scheme.


For contact details of LPB members please contact the Board Secretary, Craig Player, on 01225 713191 or craig.player@wiltshire.gov.uk


Local Pension Board – Membership Biographies


Independent Chairman:  Howard Pearce, former Head of Pension Fund Management, Environment Agency Register of Interests


Howard’s motivation for applying for the role of Independent Chair of Wiltshire Pension Fund was to assist the fund to become a beacon of excellence in the LGPS due his strong commitment to public service.   Between 2003-2013, Howard was the former Head of Pension Fund Management for the Environment Agency, with responsibility for two highly regarded LGPS funds, and for advising the Pension Committee and its Investment and Benefits Sub-Groups.  Between 2006-2013 he was also a member of the DCLG national LGPS policy review group.  After retiring in 2013, he undertook some consultancy work for the national LGPS Advisory Board on LGPS funds annual performance reporting via his consultancy company HowESG Ltd.  Currently he is also the Independent Chair of the Avon Pension Fund Local Pension Board, along with being Independent Chair of the Bank of Montreal asset management Responsible Investment Advisory Council, and Board member and Chair of the Audit Committee of Menhaden Capital PLC.  Previously he was a Board Member of Cowes Harbour Commission (an admitted body in the LGPS ), and a Trustee of an NHS charity, member of its Investment Sub-Group, and Chair of its Audit Committee.


Employer Member Representative: Paul Smith, Head of Finance & Section S151 Officer, Swindon Borough Council Register of Interests


Paul is the Head of Finance and Deputy S151 Officer at Swindon Borough Council where he has worked for the last 11 years. He is a qualified accountant with over 20 years post-qualification experience having previously worked for Bristol City Council, Deloitte and the Ministry of Defence. His current role is varied and includes supporting the Council’s economy, property and regeneration teams, as well as managing the treasury management function and a large schools PFI project. Paul is also an Employer appointed Trustee on the Thamesdown Transport Pension Scheme.


Employer Member Representative:   Richard Britton, Wiltshire Councillor Register of Interests


Richard has served as a Wiltshire councillor for some years, and as Chairman of the Council from 2015 to 2017. Following a career in the early computer industry, Richard spent two decades buying or launching a variety of small businesses and building them for eventual sale. Richard has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and still works as a commercial finance broker.


Employer Member Representative: Ian Jones, Chief Operating Officer, The Whitehorse Federation  Register of Interests


Ian is a Chartered Accountant with the White Horse Federation Multi Academy Trust & has accumulated significant senior level finance experience across a broad spectrum of sectors including the Automotive, Aerospace and Pharmaceutical industries. Whilst a Chief Finance Officer for a Pharmaceutical company he held a number of pension related posts, including Chair of a Defined Benefit Pension Committee before becoming Company liaison to the same Committee. Both roles have provided Ian with specific experience in pension accounting and disclosures.Now a COO with the White Horse Federation, Ian would like to offer his services & experience by representing both members & employers on the Wiltshire Pension Fund’s Local Pension board. In representation the Fund’s employers Ian is conscious that it is even more important to understand the broader profile of the LGPS membership and the growth in other non-Local Government organisations that the Fund also represents.


Scheme Member Representative:   Barry Reed, Unison representative, retired memberRegister of Interests


Barry has been a pensioner of the scheme since 2012, having served 44 years in public service.  Barry served most of his career with the MoD, managing HR, finance, committee management and contracts policy which included a 4-year secondment with NATO.  He then joined local government spending 11 years with North Wiltshire District Council and subsequently Wiltshire Council covering HR, Waste Management and Street Scene.  Barry has played an active role as a member of Unison representing staff issues and becoming a member of the Branch Executive.  He is a strong supporter of the LGPS as a key element of remuneration. 


Scheme Member Representative:   Mike Pankiewicz, Unison representative, retired member Register of Interests


Mike has been a member on the Wiltshire Pension Fund since 1988. For the past 31 years he has been an observer representing the scheme membership.  Over this time, he has gained a significant amount of knowledge and understanding of the Wiltshire Pension Fund committee and the Local Government Pension Scheme.  Mike is a qualified accountant and worked for the procurement team at Wiltshire Council.  He has also represented Unison at national pension conferences and roundtable discussion events.


Scheme Member Representative: Rod Lauder, Wiltshire Council representative, active member  Register of Interests


Rod joined Wiltshire Council as an ICT Technical Specialist in 2016 and now works as a Technical Project Manager running IT Infrastructure projects within the Programme Management Office. Prior to that, he spent 29 years in IT at British Airways, preceded by a spell as a Mill Supervisor on a small gold mine in Sudan.During his time at BA, he became very acquainted with their pension scheme; one of the few final salary schemes similar to our LGPS. He believes strongly in encouraging colleagues to make the most of their pension opportunities; particularly the younger members, for whom the idea of retirement seems far beyond the horizon.





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