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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.

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Danielle Ashton

Danielle Ashton has been a member of the LGPS for 25 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 net zero research 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.

Greg Black

Greg Black joined the committee as a full member in 2022 and is looking forward to increasing his knowledge of pension funds and investments. He is a Senior Advisor with the Advanced Technologies and Future Strategy team in E&B with a PhD in Nuclear Engineering and strong background in data analysis. Greg has been attending AGM’s of companies we invest in to raise questions related to our responsible investment policy. Greg is also the Pensions Representative on for Prospect Union.

Matt Chaddock

Matt Chaddock joined as shadow member representative to the Pensions Committee in 2023. Matt has worked at the Environment Agency since 2017 where he has held a number of data roles in Flood and Coastal Risk Management (FCRM), and more recently is a team leader in Climate Change Trading Regulatory Services (CCTRS). Matt has had a keen interest in investment and personal finance for a number of years and is looking forward to increasing his knowledge in these and pensions.

Rachael Cunningham

Rachael joined NRW as Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Natural Resources Wales in 2020 having previously worked as Finance Director at the DVLA. Prior to that she held several senior finance positions in the private and public sectors, including manufacturing and interior design. She is a strategic finance leader, with a focus on business transformation. Rachael is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant with a BSc Hons Degree in Chemistry from Imperial College, London.

Alice Davis

Alice Davis has been an active member of the Fund since 2019 and a member of the Committee since 2023.  She is a Hydrogeologist chartered with the Geological Society of London, and is currently working to regulate emerging contaminants of concern in the environment.  Alice is the equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) lead on the Committee, and is undertaking training to develop her understanding of EDI and ESG investing.

Robert Gould

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 is the EA Shareholder Representative to the Brunel Pension Partnership where he chairs the Oversight Board. 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).

Veronica James

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 and responsibilities on the Pensions Committee. She is continuing to develop her knowledge on pension management as this will help her carry out her duties effectively as a Trustee.

John Lelliott

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.

Will Lidbetter

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.

Phil Lodge

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 a Director in Local Operations where he leads the delivery teams across the South and South-West of England. 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, was CIWM South West Chair from 2005-2008, and elected a Fellow in 2012. He holds an Honours Degree in Environmental Science, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Chartered Environmentalist. Phil represents the Environment Agency’s Executive on the Pensions Committee.

Dame Caroline Mason CBE

Dame 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. She is also Board member of the Impact Investing Institute.

Lilli Matson

Lilli Matson is a member of Flood and Coastal Risk Management and Pensions Committees and attends the Investment Sub Committee. She is the Area Board member for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as well as Greater Manchester area.  Lilli is Chief Officer of Safety, Health and Environment at Transport for London (TfL) since 2019. Her former roles at TfL include Director of Transport Strategy, Head of Strategy and Outcome Planning, Head of Delivery Planning and Head of Integrated Area Programmes. She is a Board member of the London Transport Museum. She brings a wealth of operational, infrastructure, urban planning and pension fund experience.

Laura Milton

Laura Milton is a solicitor and Director of Legal & Audit Services for the Environment Agency. She was appointed as an Executive nominated Member of the Pensions Committee in May 2023. Laura leads a team providing legal advice, litigation and internal audit services to the Environment Agency and is an active member of EAPF. Prior to joining the Environment Agency in 2023, Laura has worked at the Civil Aviation Authority, in central Government and in private practice.

Peter Smith

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 Board of Guideposts.

Hywel Tudor

Hywel Tudor is the deferred pensioner member of the EAPF having previously worked in senior management roles for the National Rivers Authority and Environment Agency in Wales.  A qualified accountant with senior level experience in the public, private and charity sectors, prior to retirement he was Director of Finance & Resources for the Arts Council of Wales. He became an Independent non-executive member of the Sport Wales Audit and Risk Assurance Committee in November 2021 and completed his Independent non-executive role with the National Library of Wales in late 2022.  Hywel joined the EA Pension Committee and Pension Board in 2015. He had previously been a member of the Arts Council Retirement Plan Trustee Board for 15 years. During his time as a pension trustee he has regularly attended relevant training events and gained wide ranging experience pf pension matters.

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