Welcome to the website of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees (APPT). The APPT is a body which aims to:
- encourage and promote the highest professional standards in those who practise as professional pension trustees
- promote the role of professional trustees.
APPT provides its members with the opportunity to meet and discuss topical issues in informal settings through their successful dinners kindly hosted by businesses keen to engage with professional trustees. We also arrange events where leading professionals from the world of pensions can update members on current developments and trustees can share their experiences and concerns. Please see our “Events” section for more information of forthcoming events arranged by APPT.
The APPT Council reviews TPR/DWP consultation documents and invites comments from members before responding on behalf of the APPT as a whole. Details of our recent responses can be found under the “Consultation Responses” section.
APPT also aims to have a high profile within the pensions industry. It is where corporate entities and trustee boards should turn when considering the appointment of a professional trustee. We have prepared a buyers guide for those looking to appoint a professional trustee. APPT GUIDE
Nita Tinn: APPT Chair
Nita came to pensions relatively late having started out as a litigation lawyer. She has been a trustee since 2002, and took her first independent trustee appointment in 2005. She has acted as a trustee for a wide variety of pension schemes, both DB and DC and chair a number of schemes and investment committees, As such she is familiar with the issues facing most trustee boards around funding, investment and covenant, as well as the challenges of engaging with members on pensions generally.
She is a qualified CEDR mediator which equips her in her negotiations with both sponsoring employers and trustee boards. She holds the PMI Award in Trusteeship as well as the PMI Certificate in DC Governance.
In her spare time she used to run marathons but is now happy pottering around her garden or climbing the odd mountain.
Andrew is a director and owner of Ross Trustees. He currently acts as a Professional Trustee for a number of large and medium-sized schemes and leads a number of sole corporate trustee appointments. Andrew is known for his collegiate approach and an ability to build long term relationships with his fellow trustees and sponsoring employers.
Prior to becoming a Professional Trustee, Andrew was a partner at the city law firm Sackers where he advised a number of their key clients. Andrew is committed to improving the governance of occupational pension schemes and recently chaired the Professional Trustee Standards Working Group which introduced standards for all professional trustees. He enjoys gigs, cinema, theatre and is a keen cricket and football fan.
Gilles is a founder of AAA Trustee Ltd, a professional corporate trustee company dedicated to DB schemes. Hw has various appointments as trustee, as professional trustee and as lead trustee in AAA sole trusteeship appointments.
He is a long standing senior executive in Financiere Pinault, one of France’s most respected Family Offices, with a specialisation in managing complex transactions, corporate restructuring and M&A deals
He has a long track record on multiple corporate boards, both as an executive and non-executive director, as board member or Chairman.
Nigel has over 40 years’ experience in occupational pensions, including more than 25 as a professional trustee. He has been trustee board member, Chair and sole trustee for defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, whether active, closed, paid-up, in wind-up or PPF assessment. His experience includes some ground-breaking cases. He was a founding member of the IPTG (the forerunner of the APPT).
Outside work his interests include cricket, rugby and volunteering.
Robert represents Law Debenture as independent professional trustee on nine pension trustee boards chairs five of these. He leads Law Debenture’s sole trustee engagement on a 17,000 member DC scheme. Bringing all-round pensions experience he is currently particularly involved with long-term strategic planning, integrated risk management, investment strategy, offering flexibilities to members and communications. He draws on the wider experience of his twenty fellow trustee directors at Law Debenture who work with over 200 schemes.
He trained as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen before working in various corporate financial roles at Pfizer and Xerox as well as chairing each of their pension trustee boards. He joined Law Debenture as a full time independent professional trustee in 2017 and is a member of its Pensions Management Group.
He is a member of Council of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees. He currently serves on the cross-industry GMP Equalization Working Group and was a member of the Professional Trustee Standards Work Group.
Vassos Vassou joined APPT Council in July 2018. He works as a professional Trustee at Dalriada Trustees Limited. At Dalriada, Vassos works as a co-Trustee, Chair of Trustees and as part of several teams servicing Sole Trustee appointments.
Vassos is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has been working in the pensions industry since 1995. Prior to becoming a professional trustee, Vassos worked as a Scheme Actuary and consultant at two leading employee benefits consultancies.
Christopher Wheeler has over 9 years of Pension Trustee experience and has governed Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution schemes across multiple countries. He is an experienced international advisor who has had Finance Director and HR Director roles in the UK and overseas.
Christopher is Chairman of the Standard Life Staff Pension DB and DC Scheme with over 15,000 members as well as being Chairman of the Investment, Administration & Risk, Governance and DC Committees. In addition, he is an independent trustee to a £1.4bn DB Scheme with 6,800 members , a £180m DC Scheme and Chairman of another £700m DB Scheme with 7000 members.
His involvement with pensions started 30 years ago when he audited Pension Funds and has subsequently included, for example, the conversion of Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution style arrangements, the oversight of pensions in acquisitions and disposals and the leadership of pension negotiations with Unions, employees and other external political, regulatory and trade related bodies.
He is both a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Pensions Regulator.
Jackie has worked with Capital Cranfield Trustees since 2005. She represents Capital Cranfield as Chairman of Trustees, Trustee Board Member and as Sole Corporate Trustee to a number of schemes in both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors.
Previously Head of Pensions Governance for Barclays Bank PLC, her career has encompassed a wide range of pension roles including governance, administration, and communication for both large and small schemes. This wealth of practical experience allows her to help schemes improve their efficiency and governance. With a collaborative approach to issues, Jackie has overseen the successful completion of closures to future accrual, buy-ins, solvent wind-ups and complex valuation negotiations.
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