The Local Pension Board (LPB) oversees the management of Wiltshire Pension Fund. The Board’s role is to assist the Fund in ensuring the efficient and effective governance and administration of the LGPS. This means ensuring that the Fund is compliant with relevant legislation with the aim to safeguard the interest of all Pension Fund members and associated employer organisations.
The LPB sits alongside the Wiltshire Pension Fund committee in an oversight role, to assist by reviewing governance arrangements of the Fund and ensuring policies and procedures are correctly implemented and followed. The Board consists of:
3 scheme member representatives, and
3 employer representatives
1 non-voting Independent Chair
The current board members are:
Howard Pearce – Former Head of Pension Fund Management – Environment Agency
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.
Sarah Holbrook – Finance Operations Manager- Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.
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.
Richard Britton - Wiltshire Councillor
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 commerical finance broker.
Scheme Member Representatives:
David Bowater – Wiltshire Council employee – Active Scheme Member
David is employed by Wiltshire Council as Corporate Support Manager having extensive experience in supporting membership organisations for local government and managing a number of strategic partnerships. David has experience of researching, preparing policy papers and examining the implication of policy decisions. In the past he has provided evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, briefed Ministers and developed briefings for staff and public meetings. He also has experience in project and risk management, reporting efficiency savings along with implementing new legislation. David has a degree in Economics and is an active member of the Wilshire Pension Fund, with a good understanding of the Hutton review and the LGPS.
Barry Reed- Unison Representative – Retired Scheme Member
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.
Mike Pankiewicz – Union Representative – Active Scheme Member
Mike has been a member of the Wiltshire Pension Fund since 1988. For the past 28 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 currently works for the procurement team at Wiltshire Council. He has also represented Unison at National Pension Conferences and Roundtable discussion events.
Full details of the Local Pension Board meetings, agendas, papers and minutes can be found on the link below:
If you have any questions regarding the Local Pension Board or would like further information please contact us by either calling 01225 713620 or emailing [email protected]