The LPFA has an executive management team, with three of its members having additional statutory responsibilities. These individuals are known as the Principal Officers.
Robert Branagh, Chief Executive Officer
Robert is a pensions professional with an extensive business background and 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 1990s 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, a Trustee of the Creative Pensions Trust mastertrust and a non-executive at LPPA and the Pensions Ombudsman. Alongside membership of the PLSA Local Authority Committee and vice chair of the CIPFA Pensions Panel, 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, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer
Helen Astle is the Chief Legal and Compliance Officer which includes the statutory role of Monitoring Officer. Helen is a solicitor, Chartered Governance Professional, Chartered Legal Executive 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.
Michelle King has worked predominantly in Local Government for nearly 36 years, specialising in Treasury Management, the Local Government Pension Scheme, Financial Reporting and Governance. Michelle is an alumnus of Queen Mary, University of London in relation to both degrees, BSc Hons in Economics and MSc in Investment and Finance. Michelle is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA).
Michelle is committed to public service and served as a governor for 12 years within various local authoritiesas a commitment to improving educational attainment and life chances of children and young people excluded from participating within mainstream education.
In parallel to Local Government, Michelle has a keen interest in current affairs and enjoys writing on subjects such as climate change and transition theory, women’s advocacy and intersectionality, existentialism and solutions to inequality, discrimination, and racism. Michelle is also an experienced public speaker with the most recent contribution relating to climate change.