Pickering and Delo appointed to board of trustees of The People’s Pension

The People’s Pension has appointed BESTrustees chairman Alan Pickering and PAN Governance chief executive Steve Delo to its board of trustees in a line-up that contains no employees from parent B&CE.

Independent trustee firm PAN Governance has been selected as corporate director, with Delo appointed as chairman. Pickering joins as a director of the new trust company. B&CE says that while its current board structure consists of a balance between member representation, employer representation and independent financial services experts, the fact that The People’s Pension will be available to all employers in the UK means its new trust company and governance structure needs wider independent representation.

Jamie Fiveash, director of customer solutions at B&CE says: “Having made up a board entirely of independent trustees is not commonplace with other multi-employer trusts – we believe this will help us to ensure the suitability of the product offering and that the highest standards of service are maintained for members. We are delighted that Alan Pickering and Steve Delo have agreed to join the Board and look forward to working with them to build on our early success and make The People’s Pension a leading player in the pensions industry.”

Pickering says:  “Making sure that everyone who has a job has a pension that goes with that job has been my life-long ambition. Becoming a Trustee of The People’s Pension is therefore a humbling honour and wonderful opportunity. I look forward to playing my part in explaining the merits of good workplace pension provision to employers and employees alike.”

Delo says:  “PAN is very excited about leading the trusteeship of The People’s Pension.  A major differentiator of this scheme is the proven administrative excellence of B&CE.  They are experts at managing high volume membership situations across multiple employers – a critical skill set for delivering a quality auto enrolment solution that will work from day one. I have been impressed with the intellectual rigour applied to scheme design, the open-minded approach of B&CE management, the strength in depth of their team and their commitment to transparency and independent governance.    Employers signing up to The People’s Pension can do so with the confidence they are being looked after by a company that has seen it all and done it all before.”