Cheseldine takes key role at Smart Pension

Former LCP partner Andy Cheseldine has become independent chair of trustees at Smart Pension, taking the role vacated by Claire Altman who becomes head of financial services at the provider.

Cheseldine, who left LCP to take up a new role at Capital Cranfield in July, was formerly a senior consultant at Aon Hewitt and Sedgewick Noble Lowndes.  He has also served on the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association defined contributions council for more than 13 years.

Altman, who was formerly a partner at Sackers, has been chair of trustees at the tech-based auto enrolment platform since its launch in May 2015, will move over into the newly-created full time position, which will see her head up a department handling industry liaison, policy, strategy and governance as the firm experiences rapid growth.

Smart Pension now runs workplace pensions for 60,000 firms and 300,000 members.

Smart Pension co-founder and CEO Andrew Evans says: “Andy’s deep knowledge and expertise is already renowned in the pensions industry.  We’re delighted to have him on board as we steer our ship through the next phase of expansion.

“We’re more than excited to bring Claire into the senior team as head of financial services.  Claire is an outstanding professional who understands the fintech world Smart Pension inhabits and her strategic insight will be invaluable as we continue to grow apace.”

Altman says: “Smart Pension’s approach is very entrepreneurial. It’s primarily a fintech firm and has a truly innovative outlook meaning that there is no room for traditional practices if these are not efficient.

“My appointment and that of Andy, is part of that impressive forward-thinking – and I’m excited to be going on Smart Pension’s journey as part of the team.”

Capital Cranfield Professional Trustee Andrew Cheseldine says: “I am looking forward to taking over from Clare Altman as the new chair of trustees of Smart Pensions. The re-emergence of master trusts is exciting for both DB and DC arrangements and I look forward to working with Smart Pensions as it moves onto the next stage of its expansion.”