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. 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 £20bn Railways pension scheme. Currently, he is the Chair of the Armed Forces Pension Scheme, a Governor of the Pensions Policy Institute and sits on the Board of Local Pensions Partnership Administration (LPPA), a fully-owned subsidiary of Local Pensions Partnership (LPP). He is a regular speaker at pensions and employee benefits events and is a regular contributor to the UK pensions industry press. He is passionate about ensuring that members and employers at LPFA obtain the best support and service in an increasingly challenging pensions environment.   At the LPFA, Robert’s focus is to provide support and quality service to members and employers, to support the development of and oversee LPP activities, to help the LPFA Board fulfil its statutory objectives and to work with interested stakeholders to ensure LPFA is an efficient, sustainable and well-run pension fund.

Emma Strain, Monitoring Officer

Emma leads the GLA’s External Relations function responsible for communication and marketing of the Mayor’s strategies, policies and programmes to Londoners and stakeholders across the city. She is also responsible for the Events for London programme, the Public Liaison Unit and the GLA’s commercial partnerships. 

In October 2017, Emma also became the Authority’s Monitoring Officer.

Emma joined the GLA in 2011, having previously worked in programme delivery roles in Transport for London and the London Development Agency.  Before beginning her tour of the GLA group, Emma spent 6 years in management consultancy specialising in project and programme management across a broad range of sectors including energy, banking, telecoms and retail.

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.