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Member Profile

Committee member biographies

The biographies of Committee members included below demonstrate the past and current experience of the membership and form the basis for decisions on future training needs as part of our adoption of the CIPFA Knowledge and Skills Framework for LGPS funds.

Dr. Clive Elphick has been a member of the Committee since 2012 and chair of the Committee since 
2015. He attended the Committee for about a year before becoming a member. He has undertaken and is continuing to undertake actuarial and investment training. Clive is a CIMA qualified accountant and a former Group Financial Controller of United Utilities Group plc. He has also chaired the audit committee of a Department of State for five years. Clive has attended the three day LGPS Trustee Training Fundamentals course.

Emma Howard Boyd is Acting Chair of the Environment Agency. Emma has spent her 25 year career working in financial services, initially in corporate finance, and then in fund management, specialising in sustainable investment and corporate governance. As Director of Stewardship at Jupiter Asset Management until July 2014, Emma was integral to the development of their reputation in the corporate governance and sustainability fields. This work included research and analysis on companies’ environmental, social and governance performance, engaging with companies at board level and public policy engagement. She currently serves on various boards and advisory committees including ShareAction (Chair of Trustees), Future Cities Catapult (Vice Chair), Menhaden Capital PLC the Aldersgate Group, the 30% Club Steering Committee, the Executive Board of The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel.

Gill Weeks joined the Committee in 2015 having joined the Environment Agency Board in September 2014, she is currently Chair of the Environment and Business Committee. She is Area Board Member for Yorkshire and is lead Board Member for Waste and Process Industry. Gill has attended training events on the LGPS and will develop her knowledge on pension fund management over time. Gill joined the Board having spent 25 years in the waste management and resources sector becoming a renowned industry expert, she was award the OBE for services to the waste management industry in 2011. Gill has a Law degree, is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Waste Management and is a Chartered Environmentalist.

Karen Burrows joined the Pensions Committee in February 2016. She has a legal and commercial professional background and has held several general management roles. She started her career practising as a commercial lawyer for Linklaters. She joined BG Group Plc in 1985 and had many years of legal and management team experience with BG Group Plc from 1985 including being Deputy General Counsel for BG Group Plc from 1997 to 1999. Later roles included being Vice President and President of BG Canada, Vice President (South and East Asset) for BG Trinidad and Tobago and Commercial Director for BG Advance.

Mark McLaughlin is a CIPFA qualified accountant. He was a Director of Finance in Local Government and the Senior Civil Service before he joined the Environment Agency in 2009. Between 1998 and 2007 he was responsible for, and was Section 151 Officer for, two LGPS pension funds, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and the London Borough of Enfield. Mark has been an active contributing member of the LGPS since 1987. In 2015 he was appointed Group Chief Finance Officer for Defra and retains management responsibility for the EAPF Pensions Team.

Jonathan Robinson is Executive Director of Resources and Legal Services at the Environment Agency. He joined the Environment Agency in 2009. Jonathan is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and barrister and solicitor in New Zealand. He has undertaken a range of training since joining the Committee.

Kevin Ingram has been a member of the Fund since 2007. He is a qualified accountant (ACA) with a background in audit and financial management in both the public and private sectors. From 1 April 2013 Kevin has taken on the role of Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services for Natural Resources Wales. Kevin has been a member of the Committee since 2009 and during this period has received training on the LGPS and pension fund management.

Jackie Hamer has been an active member of the Fund since 1985, and an active member nominee since 2008. She has undertaken training on a range of pensions issues, including outsourcing, bulk transfers, cost sharing, funding strategies and investment strategy, as well as the 3 day LGPS Trustee Training Fundamentals course. As a lead lay negotiator within UNISON Jackie also has significant involvement with pension issues within the trade union movement, and has dealt with pension issues on behalf of her members.

Colin Chiverton has been a member of the Committee since 2013. He is an Area Environment Manager in West Thames Area and has been an active member of the LGPS for 28 years. Colin has attended many training events on the LGPS and completed the Pensions Regulator’s Public Service training. He has developed his knowledge on pension fund investment and management. He is the Pensions Representative of Prospect Union’s Environment Agency Branch.

Ian Brindley has been a member of the local government scheme since 1987, and a member of the Committee since 2014. He is employed by the Environment Agency as a team leader. He has received training in many areas of pensions and investment, completing courses provided by the Environment Agency, the Local Government Association, Unison and other third party providers. Ian is active in the responsible investment arena, engaging with companies to drive improvements in their environmental, societal, governance and financial performance. Ian has been treasurer of his local Unison branch since 1997.

Dorothy Holding holds MSc in Management Practice and is MCIPS qualified and has recently joined the Committee having been a Steward for a number of years and more recently a Pension Advisor. She previously worked for Dept. of Environment Property Services Agency in their Contracts Division and the NHS in Procurement and was an active Unison member whilst there. She joined the Agency in 2009 and is a Senior Commercial Officer for Northern Ops working out of Richard Fairclough House.

Peter Smith is a qualified solicitor (retired) and his appointments included Chief Executive of Malvern Council and Regional Solicitor to the Severn Trent Water Authority. Peter entered The Salvation Army Training College in 1978 and was commissioned and ordained in 1980. Following church appointments, in April 1989 Peter was transferred to International Headquarters and became the Legal and Parliamentary Secretary, a post which he held until retirement on 1 December 2009. In this capacity Peter advised The Salvation Army worldwide on a very wide range of legal issues and continued in the role of Director of Legal Services until February 2011. During this time Peter served as a Director/Trustee of The Salvation Army Trustee Company, The Salvation Army International Trustee Company and was a member of the Board of Management of The Salvation Army Housing Association. These positions and appointments have all given Peter a wide experience of law and administration of charitable bodies both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Peter is currently the Chairman of The Rechabite Friendly Society which trades as Healthy Investment.

Hywel Tudor is a deferred member of the EAPF having previously worked for the NRA and Environment Agency in Wales. Hywel became a member of the Pensions Committee and Pension Board in 2015, and has since attended the three day LGPS Trustee Training Fundamentals course. A qualified accountant (FCMA, CGMA) with senior experience in the public, private and charity sectors, he is currently Director of Finance & Resources for the Arts Council of Wales. He is also a member of the Pension Trustee Board for the Arts Council Retirement Plan, a role held for over 14 years.