Client feedback

So much more proactive than the previous company. On the ball - thinking in advance of things needing doing - very proactive.
Paul Rudd ,
Chairman of Trustees, Express Newspaper
They have helped us save much more and created a cohesive plan to de-risk whilst building an integrated pension team.
Sally-Anne Borrill,
Very broad, comprehensive trustee training course covering a wide range of topics. Excellent!
Tom Graham,
Star Group Pension Scheme
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
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
​I would recommend them to anyone - I have dealt with a number of other independent trustee firms and would rate PSGS as the best. We are very happy with Mark and the service we get.
Julia Morton,
Camellia plc

Time for trustees to own their scheme’s web presence?

I think it’s fair to say, for most pension trustee boards, their pension scheme’s web presence falls to the bottom of the list (if it makes it on there at all).

Yes, for a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme, online access and functionality for members will have been a consideration if you’ve reviewed or changed your scheme administrator in recent years. That’s only part of the picture – and it is an even smaller part for defined benefit (DB) schemes.

Times are changing – and, for pension trustees, it’s time to think differently about the web. I’ll share the journey the RM Pension Scheme trustee went on last year to help explain why.

Why did the RM Trustee feel a site would be beneficial?

The RM Trustee looks after two pension schemes with the same parent employer. One had been part of a corporate acquisition so, historically, there’d been a different pension administrator for each scheme. Both had a member portal but only one had any form of scheme information pages, which were in the administrator’s branding.

We moved to one administrator for both pension schemes who could provide a scheme their member portal, as well as a front end website to provide generic scheme information, but this front end website was not included in the administration fee. The RM Trustee felt this was an ideal opportunity to improve the web experience for all members and better prepare themselves for the transition to digital communications as standard.

What considerations did they make about who created and/or hosted the site?

Having had a standard administrator-branded website in the past, the trustees felt it was vital the new site should be branded for them, with a look and feel specific to these pension schemes. Members needed to know they were in the ‘right’ place so using branding familiar to them was vital.

With no specific budget available, external agencies weren’t a realistic option. That left two alternatives – having the site created and hosted by the administrator or by PSGS (the schemes’ professional trustee and scheme secretary).

Two things made the decision easy:

  1. Value for money – maximising results for the spend both immediately and for the future was vital.
  2. Portability & control – having been forced to implement a new website because of a change in administrator, the trustees didn’t want the same thing to happen again in future. They wanted to own the site and be able to update it quickly.

With lower initial and ongoing hosting and maintenance fees, a site built in the RM Trustee’s name on a widely-used platform, designed specifically for them and with the pension trustees and scheme secretary able to update the site themselves easily and efficiently, PSGS’ solution was chosen. The trustees also expected the output to be better and a more user-friendly experience to be achieved!

How do the trustees see it being used in future?

The site already provides members with easy access to key scheme documents including those that must be made publicly available by the pension trustees (Chair’s statement, implementation statement etc). It also has member newsletters, useful forms and handy guidance to explain what’s on a pensioner’s payslip – and directly links through to the administrator’s member portal.

The RM Trustee knows e-comms is the approach for the future. The new scheme website is the first step in the ‘going digital’ journey and will, in time, become the place for all pension scheme communications (with suitable email notifications to meet electronic communication requirements). It is also the ideal platform for hosting more interactive and engaging digital newsletters, videos and guidance for members.



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