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Committee details

Local Pension Board

Purpose of committee

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: Sarah Holbrook, Finance Operations Manager, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner Register of Interest


Sarah has worked for Wiltshire Police since 1997 in a Finance Role. Starting as a Trainee Accounting Technician back in 1997. Sarah’s current portfolio picks up Payroll,  Pensions ( both LGPS & Police Pensions) Accounts Payable, Purchasing and the Force Secretariat team. Throughout her career Sarah has been the primary contact in the force for pensions and has worked closely with both the LGPS Pensions team and with The Police Pensions provider. Sarah has extensive knowledge of the LGPS and is keen to work with the Board to ensure both employee and employer needs are being met.


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 a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and still works as a commerical finance broker.


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, active 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.


Contact information

Support officer: Craig Player.




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