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.

25 September 2020

In the news this week, the CMI asks for industry views on how to allow for 2020’s mortality experience, the DWP launches a small pots working group, the autumn Budget is abandoned but the Chancellor announces new measures to help businesses, the Barclays scheme subscribes to a Barclays bond and there is another repeat buy-in.

Endgame planning

Journey plans or glide paths may have been around for a long time but they’re at the heart of the Regulator’s proposed new funding code. In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman looks at how long-term funding and investment plans are evolving and explains why companies are increasingly taking the lead in designing an endgame strategy for their schemes.

Pensions Arena July 2020

This quarter’s Arena has a summary of our recent Pensions Perspective, “Emerging from lockdown”, which looked at how best to tackle the most common pension issues which companies are currently facing. It also shows all the usual financial and investment analysis for the quarter ending 30 June 2020.

Emerging from lockdown

As we keep hearing, we are living in unprecedented times. However, as we turn our attention to the future, what does the “new normal” mean for defined benefit pension schemes? In this Pensions Perspective, Leonard Bowman considers the most common pension issues that companies are facing and how best to ensure that the company approaches these on the front foot.

Getting buyout ready

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.