Local Pension Board
The Local Pension Board (LPB) oversees the management of Wiltshire Pension Fund. The Board’s role is to assist the Fund in ensuring the efficient and effective governance and administration of the LGPS. This means ensuring that the Fund is compliant with relevant legislation with the aim to safeguard the interest of all Pension Fund members and associated employer organisations.
The LPB sits alongside the Wiltshire Pension Fund committee in an oversight role, to assist by reviewing governance arrangements of the Fund and ensuring policies and procedures are correctly implemented and followed. The Board consists of:
3 scheme member representatives, and
3 employer representatives
1 non-voting Independent Chair
The current board members are:
Mark Spilsbury IPFA, BA(Hons) -Former Head of the Gloucestershire Local Government Pension Fund.
Prior to being appointed as the Independent Chair of the Wiltshire Local Pension Board, Mark has spent 40 years working within Local Government. Having joined Herford and Worcester County Council in 1980, he qualified as a CIPFA accountant in 1983, and then took on various audit roles within the Council until 1988. Mark was then appointed as the Force Finance Manager at the Gloucestershire Police Authority, taking responsibility for all aspects of financial management within the authority. Following two years in this role, he was appointed as the Head of Audit and Risk Management at Gloucestershire County Council. Here he oversaw the provision of internal audit services to the County Council and Police Authority for around 15 years. Mark then began to take responsibility for the management of other financial functions within the Council until, in 2008, he was appointed as the Deputy Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the delivery of all core financial services. Finally, in 2016, Mark took flexible retirement and moved into the Head of Pensions role at Gloucestershire County Council, initially on a job share basis, before taking over the full role in 2017. Hence, he has four years’ experience of running a Local Government Pension Fund, and was involved in the initial establishment of the Brunel Pension Partnership. He also chaired the Oxfordshire Local Pension Board. Having retired from Gloucestershire County Council in early 2020, Mark is delighted to now have been given the opportunity to use his skills and experience in the roles of the Independent Chair of the Wiltshire Local Pension Board, and the Cornwall Local Pension Board, to which he has also been appointed as the Independent Chair.
Paul Smith – Head of Finance and Deputy S151 officer - Swindon Borough Council
Paul is the Head of Finance and Deputy S151 officer at Swindon Borough Council where he has worked for the last 11 years. He is a qualified accountant with over 20 years post qualification experience having previously worked for Bristol City Council, Deloitte and the Ministry of Defence. His current role is varied and includes supporting the Council’s economy, property and regeneration teams, as well as managing the treasury management function and a large schools PFI project. Paul is also an Employer appointed Trustee on the Thamesdown Transport Pension Scheme.
Richard Britton - Wiltshire Councillor
Richard has served as a Wiltshire councillor for some years, and as Chairman of the Council from 2015 to 2017. Following a career in the early computer industry, Richard spent two decades buying or launching a variety of small businesses and building them for eventual sale. Richard has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and still works as a commerical finance broker.
Ian Jones – Chief Operating Officer - The White Horse Federation
Ian is a Chartered Accountant with the White Horse Federation Multi Academy Trust & has accumulated significant senior level finance experience across a broad spectrum of sectors including the Automotive, Aerospace and Pharmaceutical industries. Whilst a Chief Finance Officer for a Pharmaceutical company he held a number of pension related posts, including Chair of a Defined Benefit Pension Committee before becoming Company liaison to the same Committee. Both of these roles have provided Ian with specific experience in pension accounting and disclosures. Now a COO with the White Horse Federation, Ian would like to offer his services & experience by representing both members & employers on the Wiltshire Pension Fund’s Local Pension board. In representation the Fund’s employers Ian is conscious that it is even more important to understand the broader profile of the LGPS membership and the growth in other non-Local Government organisations that the Fund also represents.
Scheme Member Representatives:
Barry Reed- Unison Representative – Retired Scheme Member
Barry has been a pensioner of the scheme since 2012, having served 44 years in public service. Barry served most of his career with the MoD, managing HR, finance, committee management and contracts policy which included a 4 year secondment with NATO. He then joined Local Government spending 11 years with North Wiltshire District Council and subsequently Wiltshire Council covering HR, Waste Management and Street Scene. Barry has played an active role as a member of Unison representing staff issues and becoming a member of the Branch Executive. He is a strong supporter of the LGPS as a key element of remuneration.
Mike Pankiewicz – Union Representative – Retired Scheme Member
Mike has been a member of the Wiltshire Pension Fund since 1988. For the past 28 years he has been an observer representing the Scheme Membership. Over this time, he has gained a significant amount of knowledge and understanding of the Wiltshire Pension Fund Committee and the Local Government Pension Scheme. Mike is a qualified accountant. He has also represented Unison at National Pension Conferences and Roundtable discussion events.
Rod Lauder – Technical Project Manager - Office of Wiltshire Council.
Rod joined Wiltshire Council as an ICT Technical Specialist in 2016 and now works as a Technical Project Manager running IT Infrastructure projects within the Programme Management Office. Prior to that, he spent 29 years in IT at British Airways, preceded by a spell as a Mill Supervisor on a small gold mine in Sudan. During his time at BA, he became very acquainted with their pension scheme; one of the few final salary schemes similar to our LGPS. He believes strongly in encouraging colleagues to make the most of their pension opportunities; particularly the younger members, for whom the idea of retirement seems far beyond the horizon
Full details of the Local Pension Board meetings, agendas, papers and minutes can be found on the link below:
If you have any questions regarding the Local Pension Board or would like further information please contact us by either calling 01225 713620 or emailing [email protected]