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 its members.
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.
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
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.
Stephen Fallowell worked in Nat West Retail Banking for 42 years, retiring in
2013. He was member Nominated Trustee for the Royal Bank of Scotland
Fund until 2018 when his term of office ended. He was elected to the main
committee of the AMNT in 2017. He was an active lay official for the Banking
Union and still undertakes individual representations. He has written for Pension Age Magazine in a personal capacity and now submits a regular column for the AMNT. He also writes regularly for Pension Expert.
Stephen is a playwright with regular broadcasts on Radio stations in Sussex.
Stephen lives in West Sussex with his wife Lynne. They have two adult
Christopher MATTHEWS-MAXWELL, MBE, TD
He is a Member-Nominated Trustee of a large UK Pension Scheme and a Member of the Investment Sub-Committee of that Scheme. Prior to his retirement he was a Management-Nominated Trustee and was also Secretary to the Trustees. For many years Christopher was an Adviser with the Pensions Advisory Service and now carries out a similar role with the Office of The Pensions Ombudsman. Christopher is a Chartered Secretary with wide business experience and interests, particularly in the fields of investment and property management/development. He is actively involved in the management of a large, diversified, family-owned property portfolio. In addition, he has and continues to hold a number of Senior Public Appointments, mainly related to Health, Social Care, Housing and Judicial matters. Also active in the Charitable and Voluntary Sectors, Christopher is Chairman of a National Medical Charity and is Vice Chairman of a major National Charity which focusses on social exclusion and the provision of support for those suffering from the effects of substance misuse and abuse. Additionally, he is Chairman of a Social Enterprise Company. In all of these activities he has an involvement in and ongoing over-sight in regard to pensions and pensions-related issues. Living in rural Northumberland, Christopher has an active interest in country life and country pursuits, and is a member of the Country Land and Business Owners Association (CLA) and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), of which he is a former County Branch Chairman.
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 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 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.
His knowledge of pensions, coupled with the fact that he was already an elected trustee, caused his local council to put him forward for the Hertfordshire Pension Board (the oversight body for all local authority pensions in Hertfordshire, with member-nominated reps on the Board), which he chaired 2017-8.
At adviser events, he found that chatting to trustees of other schemes gave him a valuable wider perspective. Therefore, if AMNT didn't exist, it would surely have to be invented. Accordingly, his interest lies in contributing to AMNT's work to improve the capabilities of trustees and with its initiatives (such as Red Line Voting) which trustees would find it difficult to advocate as lone voices in their individual schemes without external support.
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.
Membership and General Administation
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. Following the appointment of Leanne Clements as campaign manager for Red Line Voting Bridget moved into a more general role, supporting the membership and events aspects of the Association's work.
Her background is having worked for Marks and Spencer for 38 years primarily as an HR Manager and also as a Training & Commercial Manager.
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.
Peter is the Investment Officer for The Medical Defence Union and has been with the MDU since 2016. Peter is a Trustee of the MDU Pension & Life Assurance Scheme.Peter has over 25 years' experience as a senior investment professional. Prior to joining the MDU, Peter was previously Head of Manager Research at JLT Employee Benefits and previously worked at Aon Consulting. Peter is widely quoted in the investment and pensions press and regularly speaks at conferences. Peter’s investment research specialisms have included Bonds, LDI and Property. Peter is currently a member of the Investor Committee of the Association of Real Estate Funds as well as the Management Committee for the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. He has also been Chairman of the Professional Pensions Property Panel.Peter was also a member of the Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) Investment Committee for many years and in addition was a member of the Investment Committee to the Pensions Board of the Institute of Actuaries.Peter is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and also holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
We want to provide trustees and pensions people with additional resources, so they feel empowered to fulfill their roles to the best of their abilities. We are providing a hub of information that can be shared amongst a community of like-minded professionals.
I helped to setup the AMNT because voices of ordinary member-nominated trustees were not being heard. Our aim as a committee is to provide a platform so that MNTs have the knowledge and exposure to industry insight and events.
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