Principal Officers

The Principal Officers can be contacted on 020 7369 6000.


Robert Branagh, Chief Executive Officer

Robert is a pensions professional with an extensive business background and currently is the CEO at the London Pensions Fund Authority. He has worked for trustee, not for profit, private equity owned, and insurance businesses over the last 30 years. Robert transitioned the Office of the Paymaster General from a public to a private sector outsourcing business in the late 1990’s and worked with Cabinet Office to establish the joint venture which became MyCSP. He has also managed the back office or pension functions for several pension schemes, including the NHS, Civil Service, Royal Mail Statutory scheme, and the Railways Pension scheme. Currently he is the Chair of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme and a Trustee of the Creative Pensions Trust mastertrust.  Robert is also a non executive Director of both the Local Pensions Partnership Administration business and the Corporate Board of the Pensions Ombudsman.  Alongside membership of the CIPFA Pensions Panel and PLSA Local Authority Committee, he is also a Governor at the Pensions Policy Institute. Robert is passionate about ensuring that members and employers at LPFA obtain the best support and service in an increasingly challenging pensions environment. He is a regular contributor to the UK pensions industry press and speaker at pensions and employee benefits events.

Helen Astle, Monitoring Officer

Helen Astle is the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer which includes the statutory role of Monitoring Officer.  Helen is a solicitor and Chartered Governance Professional and an experienced executive.  Helen has worked across various sectors, namely, pensions, financial services, healthcare, housing, IT and rail safety. 

Since 2009 Helen has acted as an adviser to boards on legal, governance and regulatory compliance matters.  Helen holds an MBA and Master of Laws degree and is also a Fellow of the International Compliance Association.

Abigail Leech, S151 Officer

Abigail is the interim S151 officer for the LPFA. She is also the Head of Lancashire County Pension Fund a role she took on in November 2015. She worked at the Lancashire fund when the pooling arrangements were being finalised with London Pension Fund Authority, and was involved in finalising the legal and governance arrangements for the pool. 
Abigail originally joined Lancashire County Council in 2009 as the Financial Controller for the Fund before becoming the Head of Corporate Finance in 2012. Prior to her time at the Fund, Abigail held tax positions at Deloitte, which included a 6 month outsourcing project in India.
Abigail began her ICAEW training in a small chartered accounting practice in Manchester and qualified in 2006. She holds qualifications from ICAEW and The Chartered Institute for Taxation.