Pensions Minister addresses AMNT on 10th anniversary

Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion Guy Opperman MP gives a high level overview of the pensions scene for member nominated trustees, followed by Q&A session. Webinar to follow on the launch of AMNT's report which discusses the challenges that trustees face in trying to get their voting policies implemented by fund managers and how best to overcome them. Session chaired by Janice Turner, Co-Chair of AMNT. 

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9th November 2020 at 10:30 - 12:00

Speakers

Guy Opperman

Guy Opperman MP

Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion

Guy Opperman was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017.

He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Hexham in May 2010.

Guy previously served as Private Parliamentary Secretary to Mark Harper, the then Immigration Minister. He served as an Assistant Government Whip from May 2015 until July 2016.

Guy was called to the bar in 1989. He spent 20 years as a barrister and was also Director of his family’s engineering business until 2009.

Guy was educated at Harrow School, he went on to read law at the University of Buckingham. He also gained a first class diploma from the University of Lille.

Guy is an amateur jockey and rode his first win in 1985.

The minister’s responsibilities include:

  • pensioner benefits, including new State Pension, Winter Fuel Payments and Pension Credit
  • State Pension age review
  • financial inclusion and guidance, including the Single Financial Guidance Body, Credit Union Expansion Project and Post Office Card Accounts
  • private and occupational pensions, including regulatory powers, Automatic Enrolment and the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)
  • oversight of arms-length bodies, including the Pensions Regulator, Pension Protection Fund, Financial Assistance Scheme and Pensions Ombudsman

AMNT Roundtable Discussion

Janice Turner

Co-Chair AMNT

Janice Turner is founding co-chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. She helped to find the AMNT because she believed that the voices of ordinary member-nominated trustees were not being heard. For more than eight years she has been putting forward the views of trustees to the industry and the government.

Janice has been a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Trustees Panel and the Actuarial Users' Committee of the Financial Reporting Council and was 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 believes very strongly in the right and necessity of pension scheme trustees to take seriously the long-term sustainability of their investments. But, faced with the difficulty so many pension schemes have in adopting and implementing environmental, social and governance policies in relation to the stewardship of their investments,  she devised a new approach to ESG, called Red Line Voting.  The campaign continues with government, regulators and the pensions industry to further the rights and ability of pension schemes to direct their own stewardship policy.

Janice has appeared before the Work and Pensions Select Committee to give evidence on behalf of AMNT. She is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Investor Advisory Group.

Janice's pensions background is in the defined benefit sphere, and she is a member-nominated trustee of the BECTU Staff Retirement Scheme. 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.

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