Client feedback


These days, Boards need real expertise on tap (with excellent back-up) to cope with a constantly evolving and more regulated environment. PSGS is geared to delivering that.
Ray Pygott,
Partner at KPMG LLP
PSGS offered the right support at very short notice, at reasonable cost, when we really needed it
Ian Edwards,
Chair of Trustee, Comet Pension Scheme
The trustee training was a very well-paced overview which gave opportunity to explore ideas and question more deeply at key points.
Paul Coley,
The Altro Pension and Life Scheme
I found the trustee training really beneficial, highly recommended. I am not a trustee, I represent the employer and I think it will be valuable for me in future, having a better understanding of the trustees' perspective.
Dave Strain,
Royal Yachting Association
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.
Claire Silvester,
Vector Aerospace
PSGS were overall more professional than others.
Paul Staniland,
Kier
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Chris Hayes

Director

Contact Chris

Reading

Tel 0118 207 2915

Role

Chris leads our specialist Pension Protection Fund (PPF) team (HR Trustees being one of five firms on the PPF Trustee Panel).

Background & experience

Chris started his pensions career with us in 2000 and has been a full time professional trustee throughout this period.

Chris specialises in schemes requiring exit management services and winding up. He has experience with complex PPF entry issues and in securing greater than PPF benefits with insurance companies.

Thanks to his extensive experience of schemes going through PPF assessment, Chris is an excellent project manager and expert in governance, data and benefit reviews, investment reviews and legal reviews. He is well known for his ability to keep calm and focused during an intensive period where you have to dig up the drains!

Chris likes the outdoors and is often seen walking through fields covered in mud. He is a very keen traveller and has visited all five continents, taking lots of photos along the way on the basis a few will be good!

Qualifications: Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute (FPMI), Honours degree in history.

Areas of specialism

  • buy outs & wind up
  • benefit audit & rectification
  • PPF transfers
  • distressed schemes
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