NOW: Pensions appoints Jocelyn Blackwell to Board of Trustees

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For immediate release: Thursday 1 May 2014

NOW: Pensions, the independent multi-employer trust, today announces the appointment of Jocelyn Blackwell to its Board of Trustee Directors.

Ms Blackwell is a well-known figure in the pensions industry. She founded Dunnett Shaw in 1987, a management consultancy that specialised in advising clients on pension administration processes, systems and outsourcing. The business merged with Higham Group in 2005 to form Higham Dunnett Shaw, which was sold to Capita in 2007.

Jocelyn was also the founder of the industry-wide body Raising Standards in Pensions Administration (now PASA) and chaired it for four years. She was the winner of the “First Woman of Finance Award” in 2005. She is currently Non-Executive Director at Inside Pensions, a specialist firm that provides independent scheme secretarial services to trustee boards.

Jocelyn will replace Imelda Walsh who asked to step down from the Board at the beginning of 2014 due to other commitments.
Nigel Waterson, Chair of Board of Trustees, NOW: Pensions comments: Jocelyn is a widely known and well regarded figure in the pensions industry. As auto enrolment gathers momentum, her practical and broad experience will add a valuable dimension to our role of looking after the interests of members.”

Waterson continues:“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Imelda Walsh for her considerable contribution to the board. Her HR expertise and knowledge of large firms was invaluable in the initial stages of auto enrolment and we wish her well for the future.”

Jocelyn Blackwell comments: “Over a short period of time, NOW: Pensions has established itself as a respected and credible player in the UK workplace pensions market attracting thousands of employers and hundreds of thousands of members. Joining the team at such a crucial time in the company’s growth is an exciting prospect.”

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For further information:

Amy Mankelow
NOW: Pensions
Tel: 0203 640 9075 / 07941 105879
amy@nowpensions.com

Shirley Collyer
Lansons Communications
Tel: +44 207 294 3615
nowpensions@lansons.com

Notes to editors

A photograph of Jocelyn is available on request.

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NOW: Pensions is an independent, multi-employer trust serving thousands of employers and hundreds of thousands of employees from a wide range of sectors.

A subsidiary of one of Europe’s largest pension funds, Danish pension scheme ATP, NOW: Pensions offers a simple and cost effective workplace pension solution direct to employers and via advisers and the payroll sector.

In April 2013, NOW: Pensions became the first master trust to attain the NAPF’s new PQM Ready Standard. The benchmark shows employers that NOW: Pensions is a well governed pension scheme with low charges and good member communications.

The NOW: Pension Trustee Directors, whose role is to safeguard the interests of members, comprises well-known industry figures with different areas of expertise:

  • Jocelyn Blackwell, founding partner Dunnett Shaw
  • Christopher Daykin, former Government Actuary
  • John Monks, member of House of Lords and former General Secretary of ETUC and TUC
  • Win Robbins, former Head of European Fixed Income at Barclays Global Investors
  • Nigel Waterson, former Shadow Pensions Minister

Charges are just £1.50 per month administration charge (reduced administration charge of £0.30 – £1.00 to be applied during auto enrolment phasing for lower earners) plus a 0.3% annual product investment management charge, with no hidden charges.

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