LPFA Board

Appointed by the Mayor of London, the LPFA Board has grown in profile in recent years, with members from a diverse professional background. The pension fund management, public service and corporate governance experience and expertise these appointees have brought in, provides LPFA with a trusteeship unrivalled in the UK pension community.

Members of the public are invited to request to attend the next public session of the LPFA Board meeting on the 16 June 2021 at 13:55.

Due to guidance on meeting with others safely, the session will be held virtually and details will be provided to those who express interest via the email address below in attending the public session by 12:00pm on 15 June 2021. Papers for the session will be published on the Board Reports 2021 page for the 16 June 2021 meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact corporate@lpfa.org.uk.

Upcoming Board Meeting Dates 2021 and 2022

Weds 16 June 2021 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
Weds 21 July 2021 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
Tues 19 Octover 2021 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
Thurs 16 Decmber 2021 10:00 - 17:00 hrs
Weds 16 March 2022 10:00 - 17:00 hrs

 

Board Members

 

John Preston (Chair)

John Preston is a non-executive director and professional trustee. In addition to his role as Chair of the London Pensions Fund Authority, he is currently Chair of the Sainsbury’s defined benefits Pension Scheme  and Chair of the Medical Research Council pension scheme. He is also Treasurer and a Council member of the University of Bath. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

John is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser. He was a partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers for 23 years until 30 June 2014 where he undertook a variety of client related and management roles both in the UK and globally. His primary client base was in the financial services sector including banks, insurers and sovereign wealth funds. His management roles for a large part of the firm’s business included UK chief operating officer and UK head of risk, regulation and external relations in the UK  as well as  global head of external relations and regulation.

Term: 1 January 2020 - 31 December 2023.
 

Tamlyn Nall

Tamlyn has been involved in the financial markets for nearly 40 years. She was previously a Managing Director at Lloyds Bank where she ran the derivative structuring team. Prior to joining the LPFA Board she had over ten years’ experience as a sponsor nominated trustee of one of the UK’s largest pension funds where she was instrumental in introducing the rigors of financial market thinking to pension fund risk.  Tamlyn is currently also a director of The Royal Horticultural Society (1974) Pension Scheme and is a member of The National Trust's Investment Committee where she sits on their Stewardship and Engagement Working Group.

In her spare time Tamlyn is a keen triathlete - she is a member of the GB Age Group team for both the Worlds and European Championships.

Term: 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2019 - Extended to 31 December 2023.

Committees: Audit and Risk Committee; Investment Panel (Interim Chair)

Declared interest of Tamlyn Nall

Terence Jagger

Terence Jagger started his career in industry, with Shell, American Express, Burmah Oil and Unigate; he has worked in the UK, Australia and Italy.  After a Masters degree in Finance, he joined the civil service in 1995, where he worked in the MOD for 15 years until 2011; his roles included leading the QinetiQ privatisation, Director Financial Management, Command Secretary (Finance & HR Director, with policy & propriety responsibilities) to the RAF, and political advisor to the NATO commander in Afghanistan (2006-7). From 2011-2015, he was Chief Executive of Crown Agents, the international development company working in Africa and Asia, where he also was deputy Chairman of Crown Agents Bank and Crown Agents Investment Management.
 
He has previously served as a non-executive or trustee of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, the Met Office, the Gloucestershire and the London Wildlife Trusts, and the London Library. As well as the Chair of the Board at Bath Spa University and of EUNIDA; most recently he was a member of ACOBA, and a director of the Single Source Regulations Office.  He is currently Chair of the NMITE engineering institution in Hereford, a trustee of Tree Aid, and a director of the Marine Management organisation.

Term:  1 January 2016 – 31 December 2019 - Extended to 31 December 2023

Committees:  Audit and Risk Committee

Declared interest of Terence Jagger

Dr. Barbara Weber

Dr. Barbara Weber, Lic., MSc is the Founding Partner of B Capital Partners, a partner-owned investment house, founded in 2003 and based in Zurich. B Capital Partners is a signatory to UNPRI and a member of GRESB, B Capital exclusively focuses on sustainable infrastructure investments. It targets predominantly energy transition related sub-sectors across Europe. Since 2010, it has invested and advised capital in excess of EUR 2.6bn.

Until 2016, she served on the Investment Committee of IST3, an infrastructure investment platform of Swiss pension funds, which she helped to set-up.

Barbara has over 20 years of infrastructure and private equity as well as project finance experience gained during several years with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, PolyTechnos and, since 2003, with B CAPITAL PARTNERS. She previously worked for the private sector development group of the World Bank in Washington DC. 

She is author of four books on infrastructure investments. The latest one "Infrastructure as an Asset Class. Second Edition" (2016), Wiley, which has also been translated into Chinese. Barbara is a welcome speaker at conferences.

Barbara wrote her Ph.D in Economics at Harvard University and University of St. Gallen. She holds an MSc in Business & Operations Research from Warwick University and a post-graduate degree in International Relations from Mannheim University.

Term: 30 June 2017 - 31 July 2021

Committees:  Investment Panel (Interim), Audit & Risk Committee

Declared interest of Dr. Barbara Weber

 Ruth Dombey

Cllr Ruth Dombey has been a councillor at the London Borough of Sutton since 2002 and in 2012 became Leader of the Council. She is also one of the Vice Chairs of London Councils and a Deputy Chair of the Local Government Association Executive.

She plays an active role in local government in London and presently is a member of the London Transition Board (chaired by the Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP),  the London Recovery Board and the London Health Board (both chaired by the Mayor of London).

Before becoming a councillor, Ruth worked in the financial information sector for Dow Jones Telerate and subsequently Knight Ridder.

Term: 19 October 2018 - 31 December 2022

Declared interest of Ruth Dombey

 Christina Thompson

Christina Thompson is Director of Finance and Property (S151) at London Borough of Lambeth.  She has responsibility for finance and accountancy, audit, payroll and pensions, risk, insurance, procurement and property services.

Christina is lead adviser to the Council on all financial matters, including the development and management of the Council’s revenue and capital planning and short, medium and long term financial strategies to support delivery of the Council’s aims and objectives.  She also has responsibility for the management and administration of the Council’s pension fund.

Her range of experience is broad, having worked in all areas of finance in local government and also in an acute hospital trust.

Term: 1st January 2019 - 31 December 2022

Committees: Audit & Risk Committee (Chair)

Declared interest of Christina Thompson

Belinda Howell

Belinda brings expertise in sustainability and climate change strategy, environmental social governance, responsible investing and assurance to FTSE 100 corporate boards.  She has extensive experience across a wide range of sectors from natural resources, agri-commodities, fisheries and energy through the supply chain to consumer goods, retail and utilities.

Belinda founded strategy consultancy Decarbonize Ltd and is currently a non-executive director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, Marine Management Organisation and a Trustee of the National Biodiversity Network.  She has previous experience as a director of Business in the Community, engineering and infrastructure firm URS Corporation, chief executive of a start-up carbon and supply chain information technology provider and a nominee board member of the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil and Roundtable for Responsible Soy Associations. 

She holds an M.Phil in Biochemistry, first class MBA and Diploma in Company Direction (Institute of Directors).

Committees:  Investment Panel
 
Term: 18 May 2021 – 30 April 2025

Clare Scott

Clare has worked in the pensions industry for 30 years and is currently a non-executive and independent adviser to a number of public sector pension funds. She specialises in governance and investment oversight and is a qualified actuary.

A large part of her career was spent at Lothian Pension Fund, the local government pension fund in Edinburgh, and includes 5 years as its Chief Executive. Her experience there includes expanding the internal investment team, in-sourcing investment management, managing actuarial valuations, and establishing the Pension Board.  Prior to that Clare worked for as an investment consultant.

She lives in East Lothian and enjoys gardening.

Committees:  Audit and Risk Committee; Investment Panel

Term: 18 May 2021 – 30 April 2025

Deborah Rees

Deborah had a long City career researching and providing investment advice, primarily on international equities, to professional investors. She worked for Kleinwort Benson, Bank of America, Barclays and Exotix Capital.

In parallel with her city career Deborah has always had a passion for international development and served on the Board and Investment Committee of the Leprosy Mission International for whom she is now a pension fund trustee. She is also a member of the Board and Audit and Risk Committees at The Methodist Insurance Company (where she chairs the Investment Committee), CBF Funds Trustees Ltd, and The Land Trust.

Deborah's international development work has fuelled her concerns surrounding the climate crisis. It threatens to reverse all the progress made in reducing global poverty.

Committees: Audit and Risk Committee

Term: 18 May 2021 – 30 April 2025

Rita Bajaj

Rita Bajaj is Non-Executive Director, IGC member and a Chartered Financial Analyst with over 30 years’ broad financial markets experience. Previously, she held Senior investment portfolio manager positions at Global and UK Asset Managers, heading investment teams at Royal London & Invesco Perpetual and managed Global and US Equity Hedge fund vehicles for several major US Hedge Fund institutions.

Her most recent Executive role was EMEA Chief Administrative Officer at custodian, State Street. In this role, she led EMEA wide Operational Resilience, Business Continuity, Business Controls, Outsourcing, Office of Conduct & Culture, and the oversight of key transversal strategic and regulatory programmes. Rita joined State Street from the Financial Conduct Authority where, as a former regulator, she managed the supervision of large (AUM>£100bn) UK Asset Management and Custodian firms.

In addition to her LPFA Board role, she is a Member on Hargreaves Lansdown’s workplace SIPP Independent Governance Committee (IGC) and a Senior Advisor to Sheffield Haworth. Rita is passionate about improving member investment outcomes which are sustainable and incorporate ESG considerations.

Committees:  Investment Panel

Term: 18 May 2021 – 30 April 2025

 



Board Responsibilities

The Board is responsible for:

  • The governance of the London Pensions Fund in accordance with statutory regulations;

  • The submission of a Strategy Statement and a Budget Statement to the Mayor each year;

  • The issue of a levy each year under the regulations;

  • Directing and monitoring the Executive.

  • Using its position as an active shareholder of LPP Ltd to drive the effective implementation of the partnership and seek to assist where possible to facilitate the growth in LGPS collaborations.

It acts in a role similar to that of a trustee and has a fiduciary duty to:

  • The employers participating in the Fund: to invest responsibly
  • The members of the Fund: to ensure contributions are collected, that benefits are calculated correctly and paid promptly, and that any surplus monies are properly and prudently invested;
  • The council tax payers of Greater London in respect of expenditure falling: to be met from the levy.

The Board is accountable to:

  • The Mayor and the GLA for the proper management of the Authority’s affairs;
  • The Fund's employers for the proper administration of the Scheme; and
  • Agency clients for the operation of their administration contracts.


Board Structure

The LPFA Board operates under a framework of corporate governance and undertakes its responsibilities through the operation of various committees.  View the committee structure chart here



Board Member Remuneration

Board Members

Role

Remuneration

John Preston 

Chairman

£50,800 pa

Tamlyn Nall

Board Member

£12,000 pa

Terence Jagger       

Board Member

LPFA Shareholder-nominated Director on LPP

£12,000 pa

£28,000 pa

Barbara Weber

Board Member

£12,000 pa

Ruth Dombey

Board Member

£12,000 pa

Christina Thompson

Board Member

£12,000 pa

 * In accordance with statutory guidance, senior officer pay is disclosed in the accounts with an analysis between employer’s pension contributions and other payments.



About the LPFA Board and our Constitution

The London Pensions Fund Authority is a statutory corporation set up by the London Government Reorganisation (Pensions etc.) Order 1989 [SI 1989 No. 1815] to discharge the functions of the London Residuary Body as an administering body under the Local Government Superannuation Regulations 1986, which have now been superceded by the Local Government Pension Regulations 1997 [SI 1997 No. 1612].