“They are very proactive and full of new ideas, they've brought better scheduling and better minute sets.”
“PSGS offered the right support at very short notice, at reasonable cost, when we really needed it”
“In any major corporate transaction, time is of the essence. PSGS' pragmatic commercial approach helped us manage the pensions aspects of our group re-structure to ensure a positive outcome for all parties. ”
“Their pragmatic approach helps with quick and easy decision making. Another approach might have made things more difficult.”
“Where PSGS are appointed to act in conjunction with an existing body of trustees, we have found that they are quickly able to fit in well and gain the trust and respect of their co-trustees. ”
“I wanted to look at the effectiveness of our trustee board, so Gillian, our PSGS scheme secretary, provided their trustee self-assessment tool to help me gather thoughts and opinions from others on the board. The tool was extremely easy to use and asked all the right questions to help me collect the information I needed as Trustee Chair. It is a great example of the way PSGS shares knowledge with their clients and makes dealing with key governance issues easy. As well as enabling me to meet one of the Regulator’s 21st century trusteeship requirements, using the tool has flagged trustee training needs and ways we could improve trustee meetings further. ”
Chris is chair of three trustee boards and sits on two others. He also spends part of his time at BAE Systems in their pensions department.
Chris has been involved in the pensions industry for many years, starting in 1973 at Prudential as an actuarial trainee in their pensions division.
In the mid eighties he moved to what later became Aon Hewitt, where he fulfilled a wide range of senior roles. These included client management, divisional director and scheme actuary appointments.
Chris joined us in 2011. Throughout his pensions career as actuary and chair of trustees, he is most proud of resolving a very contentious issue between a sponsoring company and trustee board in connection with the interpretation of the scheme’s rules. It was a long running and difficult matter involving conflicts of interest, inadequate records, significant amounts of money and conflicting legal opinions.
Qualifications: Mathematics degree, Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (FIA).
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