“The trustee training was a very well-paced overview which gave opportunity to explore ideas and question more deeply at key points.”
“PSGS offered the right support at very short notice, at reasonable cost, when we really needed it”
“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.”
“Many organisations and people provide the services that clients need. In my opinion, the differentiator is in the way those services are provided and to that extent, Kathy embodies the qualities that I have come to value from PSITL. Kathy is organised but not fussy; diligent but not dogmatic; persistent without being pushy and compliant in a pragmatic way. Whilst she takes ownership and drives issues forward, Kathy is a team player who uses her and her colleagues experience to provide services to her trustee client whilst working closely with those like me representing the sponsoring employer. She works collaboratively with advisers but constructively challenges the scope of services, fees and service standards whenever necessary and makes sure that member needs are always taken into account. I enjoy working with her and trust that she will deliver what is required by the trustee and the members they represent in a manner satisfactory to the sponsoring employer. ”
“In my experience, not all professional trustees are able to cope with tricky or potentially confrontational situations. I find PSGS has massive experience in getting involved, earning the respect of others and resolving such issues. They get stuck in – they are a first rate team.”
“The work that has been done has been delivered beyond expectations.”
The PPF looks to bring in a Trustee Panellist on all underfunded cases to more efficiently project manage pension schemes that are in PPF assessment. For members, continuity is important. If we were appointed at this stage and the scheme later entered the PPF, there would be no need to change trustee again at what can be a particularly scary time for members.
Client: pottery manufacturer pension scheme with over £200 million in assets and 7,000 members
Objective: manage a large pension scheme through the PPF (Pension Protection Fund) assessment process after a well-known pottery group’s insolvency
What we did: we conducted a comprehensive assessment of the scheme, including:
The result: happily, our work resulted in the pension scheme being successfully transferred into the PPF
We have been acting as professional trustee to pension schemes in PPF assessment since the PPF was established in 2005. Our specialist PPF team have nearly 60 years’ PPF experience between them and have managed several high profile schemes through assessment to transfer. We have dealt with PPF schemes from £500,000 to £370m, including Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Robert Horne & Howard Smith and Hoover.
Client: European bank
Issue: the pension scheme sponsor was effectively insolvent after the transfer of its assets to another bank (during the Euro crisis) - transfer to the PPF would be the best outcome for the scheme’s members, but the sponsor was not a UK company
What we did: we successfully helped the scheme enter the PPF under s129 Pensions Act 2004 (as applicable to EEA Credit Institutions)
The result: the scheme has entered PPF assessment
If your pension scheme is about to enter PPF assessment or the scheme sponsor is at risk of insolvency, contact us to find out more about our specialist service.
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