The LPFA has an executive management team, with some 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.
Peter Ballard, Funding and Risk Director
Peter is a senior pension actuary with over 15 years of experience. He is currently serving as the Funding and Risk Director for the LPFA having previously worked for Willis Towers Watson as a director between 2006 and 2019. He is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and he's academic background is BSc (Hons) Mathematics, from the University of Nottingham.
Michelle King, Finance Director
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 authorities as 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.
Anastasia Klimenko, Chief of Staff
Anastasia was appointed Chief of Staff in December 2021. Her current role is focused on managing the breadth of the LPFA internal business function, ensuring appropriate oversight of the organisation’s daily activities. She joined the London Pensions Fund Authority as an Executive Assistant to the Managing Director, the Chair and the Board in 2016 and has more than 10 years of Business Management experience. Together with LPFA’s CEO, Robert Branagh, Anastasia has been instrumental in helping the LPFA change the way it operates and has helped the Authority adapt to the new normal post LGPS pooling and COVID. She has extensive experience managing and leading change in a complex environment and has a passion for pushing a collaborative, thriving, people-first company culture.
In her current role, Anastasia has responsibility for the LPFA’s People Strategy which includes employee relations, HR, performance management, as well as the implementation of wellbeing and professional development training programme. She also leads on the development and delivery of business-critical initiatives and strategic projects.
Prior to working for the LPFA, Anastasia worked at a senior level directly with Founders, Executive Directors and UHNWI. Anastasia is an alumnus of Chelyabinsk State University where she obtained her Masters in Economics. She is also a recent graduate from the Institute of Psychoanalysis where she completed her degree in Psychology.