The membership of the Board is designed to include a broad spectrum of scheme stakeholders. Members have been appointed either by appropriate representative bodies or by nomination and election. Please contact the Board member most appropriate to your interests in order to ask questions about the work of the Board or to put forward items for consideration.
Terms of reference of the Board (pdf, 8 pages, 123kb)
Information on attendance can be found towards the bottom of the page.
Cllr Roger Phillips
|Jon Richards (UNISON)
Jon Richards is UNISON’s National Secretary for Local Government, Education , Police and Justice. UNISON is the UK’s main public services union with over 1.25 million members, over half a million of whom are in the LGPS. Jon was involved in setting up the LGPS Board and is now Vice-Chair. He sits on the Department for Education’s Education Forum; on the European Union’s Education Sector Social Dialogue and on the global union Public Service International’s Education Support and Cultural Workers Network. He also represents UNISON on the TUC/Treasury Public Sector Pension Forum, the TUC’s Public Sector Liaison Group, its Education Unions Forum and its Alliance for Science. He previously worked in UNISON’s Health Group. Former employers include the British Association of Occupational Therapists, the London Borough of Camden's HIV Unit and SCPR (now the National Centre for Social Research). Jon was born and bred in Lichfield, Staffordshire. He attended King Edward VI Comprehensive School and then moved to London to read geology at King’s College. .
|Cllr Andrew Thornton
Cllr Andrew Thornton is chair of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF), vice chair of the Northern LGPS pool and member of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) executive. A councillor in City of Bradford MDC since 2004, he has previously served as Bradford’s cabinet member for Environment & Sport, chaired its Corporate Scrutiny committee and is currently vice-chair of its Governance & Audit Committee. Cllr Thornton became chair of WYPF in 2015 and represents the Metropolitan Council Pension Authorities on the SAB.
|Cllr Yvonne Johnson
Cllr Johnson is a member of the Cabinet of the London Borough of Ealing as well as being chair of the Pension Fund Panel.
|Cllr John Beesley
Cllr John Beesley is the Board representative for the County Pension Funds.
He was Leader of Bournemouth Council until 2019 at which time local government reorganisation formed the new BCP Council. For 12 years he was also responsible for Bournemouth Council’s Resources Portfolio and Council budget, as well as the first budget for the new BCP Council.
He was Chairman of the Dorset County Pension Fund for 5 years, and has served on the Pension Fund Committee for a total of 14 years. He was Chairman of the Brunel Oversight Board which set up the Brunel Pension Pool and represents the Dorset County LGPS Fund on Brunel.
In the private sector, he has been a Bournemouth hotelier for over 30 years and heads a hospitality consultancy specialising in hotel development and management.
|Emelda Nicholroy (UCEA)
Emelda Nicholroy sits on the Board representing education employers. Emelda is Head of Pensions Policy of the University and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) and provides advice to institutions on scheme related matters as well as a wide range of general pensions issues such as pensions taxation and auto enrolment. She also represents Higher Education employers on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board and has recently joined the NEST Employers’ Panel. Emelda's background has been in providing technical pensions expertise to employers and trustees of large DB, DC and hybrid pensions arrangements.
| Cllr John Fuller OBE
Councillor Fuller is the Board representative for non-administering authorities. Cllr Fuller is the South Norfolk Council Leader with responsibility for External Affairs, and Chairman of Cabinet. He is a key member of the Greater Norwich Growth Board and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. He is part of the LGA General Assembly, the District Councils’ Network Executive, Norfolk Pension Fund and Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2019.
| Cllr Chris Weaver
Councillor Chris Weaver is the Cabinet Member for Finance, Modernisation, and Performance at Cardiff Council and has been since 2017. He was first elected as a Councillor in 2012 to represent the Cathays ward in the city, and re-elected in 2017 and 2022. In addition to cabinet portfolio responsibilities for Finance, HR, Procurement, and Health & Safety, Chris has been Chair of the Cardiff and Vale Pensions Committee since 2017. He is Cardiff’s representative on the Wales Pension Partnership (WPP), and for the year 2022-23 is Chair of the WPP’s Joint Governance Committee. He represents the Council on the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) General Assembly, and has recently joined the board of Data Cymru as a WLGA nominee.
|Chris Tansley (UNISON)
A Childrens Social Work Team manager Chris has been a trade union activist for Nalgo and then Unison for 38 years and a National Executive member for 20 years culminating in being President for 2012 - 2013. Chris has been a member of Unison’s National Local Government Executive for about 15 years and was chair for 6 years of that time.As well as currently chairing the East Midlands Regional Joint Council Chris is also the Chair of Unison’s National Social Care forum, the Deputy convenor for Unison in the East Midlands Region, a Trustee for Unison and a member of the TUC General Council and the TUC’s International Aid Board. Chris has been a school governor for the past 20 years for a multi ethnic primary and nursery school in inner city Nottingham.
| George Georgiou (GMB)
George has worked in the Trade Union Movement for over 30 years. Commencing in the RMT (then NUR) as an Industrial Relations Officer before moving to the Royal College of Midwives in 2003 as an Employment Relations Adviser where he gained a specialist knowledge of Pay and Pensions in the NHS and assisted in the transfer to the 2008 and 2015 schemes. He then spent 5 years at the BMA and HCSA utilising his knowledge and gaining a greater understanding of practitioner schemes. In late 2016 he joined the GMB as a National Pensions Organiser and now specialises in Public Sector Pensions including the NHS, Civil Service and Local Government Pension Schemes.
|Garry Warwick (GMB)
The lay member for the GMB Garry is also a union representative on the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority.
|John Neal (Unite)
John Neal is Unites Pensions Officer and provides advice to officers and members of the union on collective issues relating to pensions arising in the workplace. John is a Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) member for the Local Government Pension Scheme and NHS Pensions Scheme and a Joint Superannuation Committee member for the Civil Service Pension Scheme. John is an Alternate Trustee Director on the Plumbing Pensions Scheme and a Trustee on the Bluesky Pension scheme. John is a member of the Trade Unions Share Owners group (TUSO).
Bridie is the Local authority chair of National Industrial Sector Committee and the lay representative for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council where she has worked in finance for 17 years. Prior to this, she worked in retail finance.
The Board has appointed the following three non voting members.
Nick is the TUC observer on the Scheme Advisory Board. He has been Lead Officer – Pensions at the National Education Union since September 2018, and was Principal Officer – Pensions at the National Union of Teachers from 2007-2018. Nick sits on the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board and is also a Trustee of the National Union of Teachers staff pension scheme. Previously Nick was Senior and then Principal Researcher at Which? for six years, specialising in articles on pensions and investments.
Duncan is the Strategic Director of Finance And Governance at the London Borough of Southwark, one of the largest of London’s Councils. He was previously President of the Society of London Treasurers and is currently the President of the Association of Local Authorities Treasurers Society (ALATS). He is a qualified CIPFA accountant who has worked in local government in London since 1980 following a short spell in the private sector.
Duncan has extensive experience of managing the finances of large London authorities. He has worked with the private sector on procurement, contracting and in sourcing. He has also played key roles in delivering service and regeneration agreements, including waste management and social care and development agreements for major housing and regeneration projects.
George joined the South Yorkshire Pensions Authority as Director in February 2018 and as Head of Paid Service is responsible for the management of all aspects of the Authority’s activity which is concerned with the management of a £10.5bn Pension Fund with over 170,000 members. Previously he was Managing Director of Local Pensions Partnership’s pension administration business, having led the Lancashire County Pension Fund prior to the transfer of its staff to LPP as part of the creation of a joint venture with the London Pension Fund Authority.
A fellow of CIPFA George’s previous career in local government finance involved roles as Deputy County Treasurer at Lancashire County Council, Executive Director of Resources at Rossendale BC and Director of Finance at Chorley BC preceded by roles at Northamptonshire CC and Oxfordshire CC where he did his CIPFA training. George is also a member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Group.
Matt is the Deputy Government Actuary. He supports the Government Actuary lead the department and supports clients across the public sector on pensions, investment and financial risk issues. Prior to joining GAD in 2011 Matt was an actuary at several private sector actuarial consultancies providing pension and strategic investment advice to private sector clients. He is a former member of the UK Actuarial Profession’s (IFoA) risk management board, and chairs the joint IFoA and Institution of Civil Engineers risk group.
Joe joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) in February 2016. Joe leads the Governance and Investment team with responsibility for policy areas including defined benefit provision, pension scheme governance and institutional investment issues.
Before joining the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Joe spent nine years at the Pension Protection Fund, where his last role was Head of Chief Executive’s Office. Earlier in his career he worked in policy and operational roles within central Government, including the Home Office and Defra. Joe has a BA in English and American Literature from Warwick University.
"A leading authority on local government pensions." - Legal 500. Gary is a nationally recognised expert in the area of public sector pension law advising clients on issues across the local government, central government, education, health and voluntary sectors. Gary is client partner to a number of large LGPS administering authorities and has vast experience advising across a wide range of LGPS issues. He also advises on other public sector pension schemes and understands the political context in which the schemes operate. Gary is currently involved in advising on a number of LGPS pooling projects. Gary is a regular speaker on LGPS issues and a member of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ Public Sector Committee.
|Name||8 April 2019||8 July 2019||6 November 2019||3 February 2020|
|Cllr Roger Phillips (Chair)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Yvonne Johnson||-||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr John Fuller||Yes||Apologies||Yes||Apologies|
|Cllr Denise Le Gal||Yes||Yes||*||-|
|Cllr John Beesley||-||-||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Ian Brookfield||Yes||Apologies||Apologies||Apologies|
|Cllr Clive Lloyd||Yes||Yes||Apologies||Yes|
|Name||27 June 2018||10 October 2018||16 January 2019|
|Cllr Roger Phillips (Chair)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Yvonne Johnson||-||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr John Fuller||Apologies||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Denise Le Gal||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Clive Lloyd||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Cllr Ian Brookfield||-||Yes||-|