“The Trustee training was very interactive and the presenters were engaging - thank you.”
“I enjoy working with PSGS and we have a very positive relationship. I was new to pensions and found them very helpful.”
“Ever increasing regulation has placed a heavy burden on trustees both in terms of time and the risk of non-compliance. PSGS has the experience and the resources to help trustees manage these burdens.”
“They deliver above expectation when the scheme has a particular challenge.”
“They have helped us save much more and created a cohesive plan to de-risk whilst building an integrated pension team.”
“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. ”
The Pensions Regulator’s (tPR) code of practice for funding defined benefit (DB) schemes focuses on pension trustees adopting an integrated approach to three key areas of risk:
1. the employer covenant
These three risk areas interact so each must be identified and assessed before pension trustees can make informed decisions on key pensions management issues such as setting scheme investment and funding strategies. These risks should then be monitored using a risk management framework proportionate to the size of scheme and budget available.
Pension scheme risk management is not simply a case of protecting against negative events - monitoring investment and funding risks enables pension trustees to plan de-risking strategies. In future, pension fund trustees may need to move away from using a single risk register - having a clearer distinction between operational and strategic risks may be beneficial.
To assess whether there are any gaps in your pension trustees’ risk management planning, ask yourself:
An independent review helps demonstrate the importance you place on good pension scheme governance and compliance, as well as helping ensure you are meeting legal requirements and reflecting best practice guidance.
The Punter Southall Governance Services risk review:
Like all PSGS’s pension scheme services, our risk review is tailored to suit the size and complexity of your scheme and your particular requirements, but can be based on one of our core review packages:
To find out more about our pension scheme risk reviews and how they might benefit your scheme, contact us to talk it through or request our risk review service flyer.
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