“Gillian and Curtis provide an excellent service to the trustees. They are approachable and possess a huge amount of knowledge. Everything appears to work smoothly which I am sure is due to the immense amount of work they do in the background to ensure all paperwork is available and up to date.”
“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 Trustee Training course is very good. Excellent coverage of material presented in an easy-to-digest manner and quality of presentation by both presenters. ”
“Wish I'd had the opportunity to do the Trustee training course sooner! ”
“Gillian has gone above and beyond what we would normally expect of our secretarial support on many occasions and her deep knowledge on all issues have been invaluable.”
“Fiona brings perspective from other schemes and therefore a wider knowledge.”
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Having worked with Evonik for over 10 years as professional trustee and scheme secretary to their four UK pension schemes, helping them reach the end of their journey plan is a real positive. Announced today is a £544 million full buy-in with Legal & General for the schemes, securing the benefits of over 3,600 UK defined benefit (DB) pension scheme members.
The Trustee and company worked in partnership with Legal & General on a sole insurer basis to complete the buy-in transaction within just three months of initial discussions. As part of the de-risking process the Trustee, following strategic advice from LCP, merged its four UK pension schemes to facilitate the transaction and achieved its aims by locking the premium to the value of the schemes’ assets held with LGIM.
PSGS’ Colin Marsh, Chair of Trustee, commented:
“I am pleased that through this transaction we have achieved the Trustee’s long-term goal of ensuring the benefits promised to its members are fully secured. By working closely with the sponsor and our skilled advisers, the Trustee was able to move quickly to secure a positive outcome for our members.”
This allows Evonik to continue its global pensions de-risking journey and demonstrates the benefits of effective collaboration among all parties and a solutions-driven approach.
More detail on the buy-in are available below:
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