Trustee secretarial support
We have an experienced team of pension professionals who provide ad-hoc or regular support to trustee boards for day-to-day management of trustee meetings and associated actions. This can be merely a short term supplement to an in-house team or a fully out-sourced role.
The pensions manager of a UK company was elected as a member-nominated trustee of the company’s DB scheme. Although they had previously acted as Trustee secretary and taken the minutes of meetings, that was no longer appropriate now they were a trustee. We were brought in to help draft the agenda, produce the meeting packs, attend trustee meetings and draft the minutes and the actions list which flowed out of those meetings. The company also had 2 DC arrangements, so we consolidated the actions list for those two plans with the DB scheme’s actions list and produced an overall work planner. Our current role is to monitor progress and delivery of all the actions on the planner through to completion, with regular calls with the pensions manager.
In the news this week, the Chancellor’s summer statement is pensions-lite, a call for input is launched on data standards for pensions dashboards, a company looks to bring its DB scheme closure forward by four years and another large longevity swap is completed.
Covid-19 has created many challenges for DB schemes but, for those ready to transact in 2020, it may have created even more favourable market conditions for a buyout. The problem is that most schemes are not there yet. In this Briefing we look at what being “deal ready” actually means and what work it will involve.
Given the very company/scheme-specific impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, in this quarter’s Arena we simply show all the usual financial and investment analysis for what was a very turbulent first three months of 2020, plus a summary of key pension developments and Company pensions news over the quarter.
Over the autumn of 2019, BAC conducted an extensive survey of the actions which companies are taking to manage their defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension arrangements.
2019 marked 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon and this was obviously on the Queen’s mind in her Christmas message as she talked about a bumpy year but one with small steps of progress as well. In terms of pensions, it also felt like a year of small steps and occasional bumps. In this quarter’s Arena, we take a positive look back at 2019, as well as looking forward to some expected pension developments over 2020.