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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.

Robert Gould was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency in 2018. As well as chairing the Pensions Committee he also sits on the Board’s Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committee and Audit and Risk Management Committee. He has a background in local government and was Leader of Dorset County Council from 2014 to 2017 and Leader of West Dorset District Council from 2004 to 2014. He was a vice chair of South West Councils and a member of the Local Government Association’s Improvement and Innovation Board from 2015 to 2017. He previously managed the family farm after working in industry and property management. He is a deferred member of the LGPS (Dorset County Fund).

Emma Howard Boyd is 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.

John Lelliott was appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency in 2018. John became Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee in August 2018, is a member of the Flood and Coastal Risk Management Committee and is the Area Board member for East Midlands. John is currently a Board Member of the Covent Garden Market Authority where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is also Chair of the Natural Capital Coalition and Non-Executive of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital Foundation Trust where he chairs the Finance Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. John is a member of H.R.M the Prince of Wales AHS Advisory Council and is also a chair of the A.C.C.A. Global Forum of Sustainability.

Caroline Mason CBE is Chief Executive at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Before joining Esmée, Caroline was Chief Operating Officer at Big Society Capital and preceding that, Charity Bank. Caroline was also the co-founder of Investing for Good, a social investment advisory firm and one of the first Community Interest Companies. Before joining the social sector, Caroline had an eighteen-year track record of creative and innovative product development in the financial services sector. With Reuters, she managed the global development of real-time news and television services and then pioneered the introduction of web technology products. She also had her own consulting company, working with several financial institutions to develop new business and products including an electronic brokering service and a global wealth management business for a private bank. Caroline is a Board Member of the Environment Agency.

Peter Kellett is a solicitor and Director of Legal Services for the Environment Agency. He attends the Environment Agency's Executive Directors Team and is an Executive nominated Member of the Pensions Committee. Peter has a Masters in Environmental Law and works on environmental regulation from its design to implementation. He has worked on the creation of Natural Resources Wales, Environmental Permitting, Civil Sanctions and the creation of Brunel Pension Partnership. He leads a legal team providing legal advice and litigation services to the Environment Agency. He is a former trustee and Chair of the UK Environmental Law Association and of St Werburghs City Farm in Bristol. Peter is both a deferred and also an active member of EAPF.

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.

Colin Chiverton has been a member of the Committee since 2013. He is an Area Environment Manager in Thames Area and has been an active member of the EAPF for 29 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 senior advisor in the Environment and Business directorate. 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.

Danielle Ashton has been a member of the LGPS for 20 years. She is a contributing member representative of the committee since 2017 following open recruitment. She is employed by the Environment Agency as a Research Manager in Environment and Business working on land and soil issues. She has attended a series of training events run by the LGPS and will continue to develop her knowledge on pension management and investment. Danielle has attended a company AGM on behalf of the pension fund to raise the issue of their approach to climate change.

Will Lidbetter has been an active member of the Fund since 1992, and an active member nominee since July 2016. He has attended the induction training events on the LGPS and a number of other courses and conferences. Will is currently a specialist in data governance and strategy. He leads on Pensions for the Unison Thames branch and has dealt with pension issues on behalf of his members.

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. He currently serves on the Boards of two other charities, Bethany Kids and Guideposts.

Hywel Tudor is a deferred pensioner member of the EAPF having previously worked for the NRA and Environment Agency in Wales. Hywel joined the Pensions Committee and Pension Board in 2015, having previously gained over 15 years experience as a Pension Trustee on the Board of the Arts Council Retirement Plan. He has attended various pension training events including the three day LGPS Trustee Training Fundamentals course. Hywel is a qualified accountant (FCMA, CGMA) by profession with senior experience in the public, private and charity sectors. Prior to retirement he was Director of Finance & Resources for the Arts Council of Wales.

Phil Lodge has been an active member of the LGPS since 1992 and joined the Pensions Committee in 2018. He has received general pension management training. Phil is currently Deputy Director of National Operations where he leads the planning, performance management, audit and risk programmes for the operational business. Phil has been a trustee of a number of charities and sat on the General Council of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) for 12 years, and was South West Chair from 2005-2008, and elected a Fellow in 2012. He holds an Honours Degree in Science and Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Phil represents the Environment Agency’s Executive on the Pensions Committee.

Veronica James was appointed to the Pensions Committee as a member representative in May 2019. She has been a member of the LGPS since 2012 and is also a deferred member of LGPS from a previous employment. Veronica is currently a Planning Specialist in Thames Area and is Planning Manager for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. She attended a series of LGPS induction training courses run by the Local Government Association in autumn 2019 which increased her understanding of her role on the Pensions Committee and her responsibilities. This will help her carry out her duties effectively and she looks forward to continuing to develop her knowledge and understanding as a new Trustee.

Greg Black (Reserve Active member representative) joined the committee in 2019 and is looking forward to increasing his knowledge of pension funds and investments. He is a Senior Nuclear Regulator with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and strong background in data analysis. Greg is already getting involved by attending AGM’s of companies we invest in to raise questions related to our responsible investment policy.

Ian Brindley

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Ian Brindley is a trustee of the Environment Agency Pension Fund (EAPF) and a long-time AGM activist. In a recent interview with George Hammond from ShareAction, they talked about his journey to become a member-nominated trustee, and how he uses that position to improve company behaviour and protect our environment.
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