Former KiwiSaver manager made TPR acting head of AE

Darren Ryder is to be made acting director of auto-enrolment at The Pensions Regulator, filling the gap created by the departure of executive director of automatic enrolment Charles Counsell.

Ryder currently holds the role of head of design and service delivery within TPR’s AE team. He takes the acting role with immediate effect.

Counsell will leave his role as executive director of Automatic Enrolment in May to become chief executive of the Money Advice Service.

From 2005 to 2011, Ryder worked as a senior manager with the KiwiSaver programme in New Zealand, through all of the business case, procurement, design, implementation and operational phases. KiwiSaver has seen over half of the New Zealand population enrolled into a retirement scheme, with over $28 billion NZD in assets already accumulated.

TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb says: “I am delighted Darren Ryder will be bringing his considerable experience and knowledge of automatic enrolment, both here in the UK and in New Zealand, to this important role to ensure the successful implementation of automatic enrolment continues for the tens of thousands of employers yet to meet their duties.”

Ryder says: “I am excited to be leading TPR’s talented and committed Automatic Enrolment team as the programme continues to roll out across the UK. Automatic enrolment has been a huge success to date, and I look forward to continuing that success. We will be maintaining our communications to employers to ensure they have all the information and tools they need to meet their duties.”