2018 Judging Panel

Andrew Warwick-Thompson


LGPS Central pool

Andrew has extensive knowledge and experience in the financial sector, having worked in senior management positions within the pensions, insurance, investment and international practices of Aon Hewitt, a global professional services firm, for most of his career.

He served as a non-executive member of the ABI's Independent Project Board, which was responsible for overseeing the audit of charges and benefits in legacy DC workplace pension schemes provided by ABI members.

Andrew has also served as Chairman of the Pension Plan Trustees for the Mencap Pension Plan.

Most recently he was on the Board of The Pensions Regulator as the Executive Director for Regulatory Policy, where he was responsible for formulating regulatory policy for defined benefit, defined contribution, public service pension schemes, and for EU and international engagement.

He also supported the development of pension policy with UK Government partners, principally Her Majesty's Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions.

He joined the Board of LGPS Central as Chief Executive Officer in July 2017 where he has overall responsibility for the formulation and execution of LGPS Central's strategy and business plan, and for representing the Company to key stakeholders and external parties.

Andrew read law at Sheffield University and Guildford College of Law, and is a Member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Alison Hatcher

Global Head of Corporate Sector

HSBC Global Asset Management

Alison Hatcher has been Global Head of Corporate Sector in the Client Strategy team in London since 2015. Alison is responsible for understanding the needs of our corporate client, how to manage risk on their balance sheet and their pension schemes. Alison joined HSBC in 2011 and has been working in the industry since 2005.. Alison holds a BA Hons in Law & Business from Warwick University and a distinction in her MSc in Banking and International Finance from Cass Business School in UK. Alison is one of the Founders of Women in Pensions an industry group with representation from most pension schemes globally. She is part of the PLSA Diversity Advisory Board, Efama Pensions Standing Committee and MES PLSA Working Group.

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive


Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society to promote responsible investment across Europe, with a focus on mobilising mainstream institutional investors to support accelerated action by public companies on climate, workforce and food system risks. She is a member of HM Treasury's asset management taskforce and of the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian media group, serving on the Scott Trust's investment committee. She was a member-elected trustee of The Pensions Trust, a £9bn pension scheme for the UK's not-for-profit sector for five years until Spring 2013. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

David Weeks


Association of Member Nominated Trustees

David Weeks is a director of a defined benefit pension scheme, with a leading PLC in infrastructure services as the sponsoring employer. "Engaged Investor" included him in their "Top 50 people in pensions 2017". He is active in the affairs of the World Pensions Council, for whom he has made presentations to, and acted as rapporteur at, international conferences. Journals that have published contributions from him recently include "Revue Analyse Financiere", "Portfolio Institutional", "Professional Pensions" and "Pensions Expert". He has been a judge for major UK pension awards.

In his previous career, David Weeks has experience of both public and private sectors, and of their respective pensions regimes. Most recently, he served as a consultant or executive in UK Government Departments, including Home Office, Health, Trade and Industry, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Earlier, he worked in private sector business development and marketing, and in international advertising agencies. David Weeks is a graduate in history of the University of Bristol.

Gay Collins

Founding Partner

Montfort Communications

With 26 years' experience of advising many of the most exciting, progressive companies in the financial services space, Gay has a reputation for pragmatic advice and an enviable network. Her particular specialism is in working with large and small asset managers, unlisted or listed, and helping them to grow and navigate change. With a track record of setting up and running PR businesses, prior to Montfort Gay co-founded Ludgate Communications then Penrose Financial. Gay is a Founding Steering Committee member of the 30% Club, a board member of Cancer Research UK's "Women of Influence" and a NED and the Senior Independent Director of JP Morgan Global Growth & Income plc.

Hannah Lewis


Behave London

Hannah Lewis started the Women In Pensions ( networking drinks in 2015, a monthly drinks meet-up. Hannah spent two decades in asset management, turning boring financial jargon into English. She's fascinated by how humans make decisions and is the founder of the behavioural insight agency, Behave London (, which specialises in solving client problems using behavioural science. Her recent research delves into how individuals can make better investment decisions, and how board decision making can be boosted using behavioural interventions.

Hugh Nolan


Spence & Partners

Hugh is an experienced consultant on all types of pension schemes, acting as Scheme Actuary, corporate adviser and independent trustee. He also has a key management role within Spence and Partners and industry roles with the Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) and Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA).

Hugh joined Spence in April 2016 having held a variety of senior roles in several major pension consultancies since 1989, including the role of Chief Actuary. He is the President of the SPP. Hugh has also sat on the Main Committee of the ACA and chairs the ACA's Defined Contribution Committee. He has been a regular commentator in the press on pension issues.

Joanna Matthews


Capital Cranfield

Joanna is a director of Capital Cranfield as acts as chairman of trustees on several schemes, such as Vodafone, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme and Siemens, ranging in asset size up to £40bn.

Joanna trained originally with Clifford Chance and was a partner with Sacker & Partners before working with Capital Cranfield. As chairman of trustees she seeks to ensure that the scheme is run smoothly and professionally. Recently she has helped schemes navigate sensitive issues such as mergers, closure to accrual and complex funding and investment arrangements. She brings both her legal expertise and her experience as a trustee to bear in enabling her trustee boards to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges they encounter.

Joanna is a member of the Capital Cranfield Holdings Limited Board and chairs the Business Development Committee within Capital Cranfield.

She also separately chairs the Royal Mail Pension Scheme.

Lesley Alexander

Strategic Partner

Ferrier Pearce Communications

Lesley Alexander is the Strategic Partner of Ferrier Pearce Communications, a creative consultancy that specialises in pensions and employee benefits communications. Lesley's career in pensions has spanned more than 36 years during which she has held a number of senior pensions management roles. Prior to joining Ferrier Pearce she was the CEO of the HSBC Bank (UK) Pension Scheme and has also enjoyed working with EMI, Motorola and Reed Elsevier.

Lesley is a Fellow, Council and Board member of the Pensions Management Institute. She is also Chair of the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) and an independent member of Prudential's Independent Governance Committee and Master Trust board.

Lesley's particular interest is in demonstrating how strong governance and engaging communications contribute to better outcomes for members of workplace pension schemes.


Lesley Carline


KGC associates Ltd

Lesley joined KGC in 2012. Previously, Lesley gained significant insight into the market from a provider view in the areas of pensions systems, services and investment management. This holistic understanding covers both trust and contract based arrangements. She has a deep knowledge in the construction of products and services including, pricing mechanism and infrastructure.

Lesley is currently Vice President of the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) serving on the advisory council and its Board. Lesley has recently taken on Charing the Development Committee. As previous Chair of the PMI's Qualification and Examination Committee, Lesley has championed the introduction of Defined Contribution content and drove through the highly successful Certificate in Auto-Enrolment. As a DC specialist, Lesley has been involved in consultations with The Pensions Regulator, The Department of Work and Pensions and represented the PMI in discussions with the Office of Fair Trading on charges. She is regularly called upon to speak or chair industry events.

Lesley holds a Masters in Economic and Social History and is also a Chartered Marketeer. When not working Lesley likes to spend time with her two dogs and developing her baking skills, although bread still remains a challenge.

Lesley Williams

Former Group Pensions Director


Until May 2018, Lesley was Group Pensions Director at Whitbread, with responsibility for Corporate pensions strategy and to the Trustee Company for the operation of the Pension Fund and its investments. Lesley worked in the pensions industry for just over 30 years, with previous positions in Gateway Foodmarkets, Abbey National, the Pearl Group and Henderson Global Investors. She is a Fellow of the PMI and has an MBA. She is a past Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and is currently a Board member, leading the PLSA's diversity advisory group. She contributes to widely to pensions policy debate in various forums.

Margaret Snowdon, OBE, MA (Hons), FMPI, FPAS


Pensions Administration Standards Association

Margaret is a Pensions Professional and experienced Non-Executive Director, focused on good outcomes and high-quality services that don't cost the earth.

She is a Non-Executive Director of the Pensions Regulator and an Independent Non-Executive Director of Xafinity plc. She is also an Independent Non Exec Director of the Phoenix Group With Profits Committees, having previously served as a Member of their IGC for almost three years. She previously held Partner and Director level positions with leading employee benefit and financial services companies.

She is Chairman of the Pensions Administration Standards Association and also Chair of the Monitoring Board on Incentive Exercises and chairs the Pension Liberation Industry Group that developed the Combating Pension Scams Code of Good Practice. She is a Governor and member of the Council of the Pensions Policy Institute and is a Fellow and former Vice President of the PMI as well as Fellow and past Chairman of The Pensions Advisory Service.

Margaret was an independent member of the Steering Group for the HM Treasury Pensions Dashboard project and continues to advise DWP on the topic.

Margaret was appointed an OBE in 2010 and has, uniquely, for seven years running been named as one of the Top 50 Influential People in Pensions and was awarded for her outstanding contribution to the pensions industry by the PMI in 2012. In 2013 she was listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Finance in Europe, in 2014 was named Pensions Personality of the Year and in 2017 was voted "Industry Champion". 

Penny Green

Trustee Executive


Penny Green has spent over 30 years in the pensions industry, most recently spending 17 years as Chief Executive Officer of SAUL Trustee Company, trustee of the support staff scheme of the University of London, an open defined-benefit pension scheme with over 40,000 members and circa £2.5 billion in assets.

Working with the SAUL Investment Committee and investment consultants, Penny led on developing innovative investment strategies for alternatives, equities and credit.

Prior to joining SAUL in 1998, she spent five years as Deputy Chief Executive of the Pensions Advisory Service. She was also the first female President of the Pensions Management Institute and has been involved in other industry bodies focused on improving the member experience.

In her capacity as a Trustee Executive for BESTrustees, Penny is Chair of Trustees of the Hackwood Final Salary Pension Scheme, a closed defined benefit pension plan, Trustee of the Premier Pensions Defined Benefit Master Trust, Trustee of the Atlas Master Trust provided by Capita, Trustee of the Mothercare Pension Schemes and Chair of the Crown Estate pension plans - a hybrid arrangement. In addition, Penny is a trustee of SAUL and sits on the investment committees of the Charities Aid Foundation and Homerton College, Cambridge.

Rachel Croft


Independent Trustee Services Limited (ITS)

Rachel is a Director of Independent Trustee Services Limited (ITS), where she leads professional trusteeship appointments on behalf of ITS.

Prior to joining ITS Rachel was UK DB Governance Leader at Mercer, where she spent a total of 17 years.

Rachel is a qualified solicitor, member of the Association of Professional Pension Trustees and Associate of the Pensions Management Institute.

Robert Branagh


Pensions Management Institute

Robert is the current President of the PMI, Chairman at Trafalgar House Pensions Administration and Chairman of the Armed Forces Pension Schemes. He has almost 30 years' experience in UK pensions and was a Managing Director at the Railways Pensions Management business which became rpmi limited until 2013 when he left in order to pursue a more portfolio based career within financial services and allied fields.

He has worked in both the private and public sector, for insurance, trustee, and private equity owned companies, charities and a professional services firm. Robert has recently returned to an executive career becoming Managing Director at the London Pension Fund Authority.

Saker Nusseibeh

Chief Executive Officer

Hermes Investment Management

Saker is the Chief Executive Officer of Hermes. Saker was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in May 2012 having been interim Chief Executive Officer since November 2011. Saker joined Hermes in June 2009 as a main board director to drive, support and represent the investment capabilities of Hermes. In 2005, Saker joined Fortis Investments USA as CIO, Global Equities and moved on to become Global Head of Equities, responsible for managing the company's 12 equity centres. Previously he was CIO, Global Equities and Head of Marketing at SGAM UK, where he re-orientated the company offering to include high-alpha UK strategies and a global offering, following on from the sale of Trust Company of the West (TCW) to SGAM, where he was Managing Director running various global and International strategies as well as the London office. Saker started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.

Simone Broadhurst

Events Director

Incisive Media

Simone joined Incisive Media in 2000 and heads up our event operations, content and sales teams. She has a keen eye for new product launches and delivers award winning events for Incisive Media.