Meet your committee

Introducing our valued members

The Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) comprises of a small committee who meet regularly to manage and maintain the daily running and events of the association on the behalf of it's members.

Janice Turner

Co-Chair

Janice Turner is founding co-chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. She helped to found the AMNT because she believed that the voices of ordinary member-nominated trustees were not being heard. For over three years she has been putting forward the views of trustees to the industry and the government. In particular she has devoted a lot of time to campaigning in support of defined benefit pension schemes. Janice is a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Trustees Panel and on the Actuarial Users' Committee of the Financial Reporting Council. She has been a guest speaker at Harvard Law School's international pensions and capital stewardship conference. She has been named by Pensions Insight as one of the top 50 most influential people in the pensions industry. Janice's pensions background has been in the defined benefit sphere, having been a member-nominated trustee of the BECTU Staff Retirement Scheme for about 16 years. She has achieved the PMI Level 3 Award in Pensions Trusteeship. Janice is employed at BECTU, the film and broadcasting union, as the Editor of the union's journal Stage Screen & Radio magazine and she is also the union's award-winning diversity officer.

David Weeks

Co-Chair

David Weeks was elected as Co-Chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) in 2016. He has served on the committee since 2014.

David Weeks is a director of a defined benefit pension scheme, with a leading PLC in infrastructure services as the sponsoring employer. “Engaged Investor” included him in their “Top 50 people in pensions 2017”. He is active in the affairs of the World Pensions Council, for whom he has made presentations to, and acted as rapporteur at, international conferences. Journals that have published contributions from him recently include “Revue Analyse Financiere”, “Portfolio Institutional”, “Professional Pensions” and “Pensions Expert”. He has been a judge for major UK pension awards.

In his previous career, David Weeks has experience of both public and private sectors, and of their respective pensions regimes. Most recently, he served as a consultant or executive in UK Government Departments, including Home Office, Health, Trade and Industry, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Earlier, he worked in private sector business development and marketing, and in international advertising agencies. David Weeks is a graduate in history of the University of Bristol.

Robin Bell

Committee member

Robin was elected to the AMNT committee in 2012 He is a member nominated trustee of the Allied Irish Banks UK DB pension scheme and previously was a trustee of the Defined Contribution scheme. Robin works in retail banking and is a member of the national executive of IBOA the finance union. In 2010 Robin was appointed as a member of the Industrial Court in Northern Ireland which has statutory powers in trade union recognition disputes and information requirements for collective bargaining. Robin is married to Jill and they have two children Thomas and Claire. Outside of work and pensions Robin is a keen water-skier and enjoys recreational cycling.

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Alan Gander

Committee member

Alan joined the AMNT in 2012 and has been a Member Nominated Trustee of the Lend Lease UK Pension Scheme for 6 years.  He is currently Chairman of the Investment Sub-Committee, thoroughly enjoying anything to do with investments, and works hard to get the best outcomes for our scheme Members. The final salary fund is in excess of £500m, now fully closed, with approximately 2000 Members.  The growing defined contribution fund is circa £150m, with nearly 3000 Members. Alan has been an active member of the working party in preparing for this year’s Triennial Valuation, taking part in discussions with the Company Sponsor (whose parent is based in Australia) to agree adequate contribution levels. He is now retired from work, previously working as a Commercial Executive in the construction industry for 35 years, and is in receipt of a DB and DC pension; so is fully aware of the issues and traumas with establishing a retirement income. He is married, with six grown-up and totally independent children/step-children, and helps to instil in them that life is not just about paying bills and mortgages today, but also about thinking of how they will provide themselves with an income as they grow older. He loves to swim regularly, cycling whenever weather permits, painting portraits of well-known people he admires and walking in the Lake District; the most beautiful place on earth.

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Andrea Myers

Committee member

Andrea has been a MNT of the Marks and Spencer Pension scheme for 7 years. She attended the first meeting of the AMNT at the recommendation of the M&S pension team and quickly became involved in the committee. Her area of responsibility on the committee is training. Andrea's day job is HR manager and she runs run a telephone advice service for Line managers. She has worked for Marks and Spencer for 33 years.

Kate Bendy

Office manager

Kate joined the AMNT as office manager and event’s organiser in May 2013 and is enjoying being part of the growth and development of the association. She previously worked in learning and development and has experienced a lot of that for herself – she now knows much more about the Pensions Industry and looks forward to learning more. In her spare time she likes walking, reading, swimming and spending time with her family.

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Leanne Clements

Campaign Manager for Red Line Voting

Leanne Clements joined the AMNT as Campaign Manager for Red Line Voting in March 2017. Leanne is responsible for supporting the adoption and implementation of Red Line Voting policies, by working with AMNT and its members, fund managers, policy makers as well as other important actors in the investment chain.  Prior to this role, Leanne led the responsible investment strategies at three different UK pension schemes.  Prior to that, she worked at a corporate governance and shareholder advisory consultancy, most notably conducting voting policy generation and executing voting instructions for UK pension schemes.  Prior to her career in the UK, she worked in her native Canada as an environmental consultant for an engineering firm conducting contaminated site investigations for financial clients

John Gaunt

Committee member

John is a committee member of the AMNT (Association of Member Nominated Trustees) and formerly experienced trustee of a large ($3bn) UK occupational pension scheme. He is a retired IT manager who has experience in successfully managing local, regional and global projects, in varied functional areas, including Logistics, Manufacturing, Research and Development, Quality and Finance. In addition to IT project management John has several years experience managing IT support teams in UK, Eire, Netherlands, Belgium, France and Russia, where he lived for a short period. He combines strong people management and interpersonal skills with a practical approach.

John Paradise

Committee member

John is an MNT for St Andrews Healthcare, one of the UK’s oldest charitable providers for the mentally ill although he now works for PJ Care as their Head of Learning and Development. Initially elected as Serving Member Representative, he was then nominated by the Employer as a Trustee (ENT), before being elected directly by members as an MNT. He joined AMNT soon after its inception and was elected to the National Committee in Nov 2011.

An active national committee member, John is jointly responsible for Training and Communications. John also believes that MNT’s should be recognised for the complexity of their role, that tPR Toolkit training should be mandatory in the first six months, with time off paid by sponsors, and to be paid as Trustees but linked closely to the level of TKU they can evidence. John has represented AMNT at events in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Barcelona and Berlin and occasionally writes for the pension industry press.

Bill Trythall

Committee member

Bill Trythall has been involved in administering pension schemes and/or in negotiating their benefit structures since the mid-1980s. He has been over many years a director of the sole corporate trustee of the Universities Superannuation Scheme ("USS"), selected by the principal trade union representing the scheme's active members (now UCU, formerly AUT). After an interval, he returned to the board as pensioner director in 2009. In the past he has, as well as belonging to the trustee board of the very large mainly DB scheme which is USS, chaired the trustee body of a very small DB scheme (eventually merged). He has been in the past on the steering committee of Just Pensions and on the advisory committee of the Pension Trustees Circle. He was also for a number of years an office-holder in AUT and a member of its National Executive Committee (President in 1989/90). In his day job he taught History at the University of York for nearly 40 years.

Caroline Davies

AMNT Administrator

Caroline Davies joined the AMNT as their administrator in January 2017 to assist Kate Bendy with the growing workload. Caroline is responsible for all matters involving the committee member which includes providing support to the Co-chairs. Caroline brings a wealth of experience with her after twenty five years working in higher education and also in the last decade as an author.

Pádraig Floyd

Committee member

Pádraig Floyd was appointed a member nominated trustee of the Pearson Group Pension Plan in January 2014, having been a reserve trustee since 2011.  His day job is as a freelance business journalist specialising in the never more popular – or high profile – pensions, savings and investment arenas and is a regular chair of industry events.  In addition to journalism, Pádraig advises corporate clients and provides editorial and media services to support their media campaigns.  In true poacher-turned-gamekeeper form, he also runs media training courses so clients are prepared for dealing with the feared and largely misunderstood world of the media. What little free time he does have, Pádraig does as all good financial journalists should – spends it wisely. Most weekends will find him on his allotment and when not tilling the soil, he’s seeking to influence large communities of female workers. Though as a keen beekeeper, his motivations are not totally altruistic.

Bridget Hiluta

Office manager - Red Line Voting

Bridget joined the AMNT as administrator for Red Line Voting in September 2015. Initially supporting the development and launch of the project, and then managing the day to day administration of the project. Her background is having worked for Marks and Spencer for 38 years primarily as an HR Manager and also as a Training & Commercial Manager.

Barry Parr

Committee member

Barry is a founding co-chair of the AMNT. A Trustee since 1993 he was an MNT for the Orange DC scheme from 2007 to 2011 and for the Colt DB scheme since 2012. He is also a Trustee of The Pensions Trust – a Master Trusts serving multiple employers in the 3rd sector. He holds a Certificate in Pension Trusteeship. Barry is a non-executive Director of CrowdBnk, a new initiative in crowd sourced adventure capital. This follows an earlier career in IT and before that in top-fruit farming! He is a Member of the Institute of Horticulture and a Fellow of the RSA. Barry is a member of the TPR DC Practitioners Committee. He has also presented on behalf of AMNT at the World Pensions Conference in Hong Kong, in Dubai and in Morocco.

Peter Sparkes

Committee member

Peter is a member nominated trustee for the Thomas Cook DC pension scheme, chairing its communications subcommittee and actively sitting on the risk and governance committee too. The day job is in IT, currently as a technical manager but having worked for Thomas Cook in various IT related roles on and off for nearly 20 years. While being the new boy on the committee, this has not stopped me from active participation in a number of initiatives. Having achieved the PMI award in trusteeship, and competed the regulators toolkit, I believe strongly that support and training for trustees is vital as they are a key component of pension scheme boards, providing an important member viewpoint. To this end, I have taken a growing interest and involvement in the testing and validation activities that support the regulators trustee toolkit. The voice of the member too should be heard, and being part of the redline working party in recent years has enabled me to help build a strong mechanism for this to be the case. Outside work, nothing excites me more than a variety of motorsports. A keen petrol head, with many classes on my licence, time to explore the roads of Britain (top down of course) is always welcomed.

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