Pension Board

pension board

The Avon Pension Fund Pension Board has been set up to assist in the good governance of the scheme through the monitoring of Fund performance and adherence to statutory duties.

The Local Pension Board is not a decision-making body - its role is to assist in the compliance with scheme rules.

The Local Pension Board consists of three employer and three member representatives and independent chairpersion.

Update: January 2020
Be part of the Avon Pension Fund Board

We are currently seeking both a member representative and an employer representative for the Avon Pension Fund Board.

Member representative

We are asking members of the scheme (whether you’re paying into the scheme, have previously paid in or are receiving a pension) to step forward and nominate themselves for the member representative role on the Board.

Employer representative

We are also asking for employers of the scheme to step forward and nominate themselves for the employer representative role on the Board.

What the board does?

The Avon Pension Fund Board provides an oversight and scrutiny role and helps ensure that the Fund complies with governance and administration requirements, including relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice, such as from the Pensions Regulator.

In line with regulations, the Avon Pension Fund Board has the following board structure:

  • Three representatives from the membership
  • Three representatives from scheme employers
  • An independent chairperson

What is the role of the Board members?

  • To ensure that the Avon Pension Fund is effectively administered and complies with relevant laws, regulations and codes of practice
  • Represent the Board in contact with a range of stakeholders including: employers, members, the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, the Pensions’ Regulator and the administering authority
  • Pro-actively prepare for and participate in meetings of the Board and actively report on the Board’s performance
  • Be fully conversant with the Board’s Terms of Reference
  • Ensuring the regulations around conflicts of interest/reporting are fully adhered to
  • Acting in accordance with the Council’s Code of Practice for elected representatives and officers, as well as the seven principles of public life and relevant laws and regulations
  • Acting with political impartiality and carry out the obligations of the Board irrespective of affiliations outside the Board

Who we are looking for?

  • Candidates with a positive and committed attitude to bring a fresh, external view to oversight of governance
  • Good communication skills across all levels and the ability to provide constructive debate
  • Sound knowledge and experience of implementing good governance practices in the public and/or private sector
  • Good understanding of financial reports and accounts
  • Ability to analyse and evaluate complex issues and information, to understand the strategic importance underpinning the Fund’s policies
  • An understanding of the LGPS, pensions legislation, the local government environment and the national debate over pensions in general
  • Be willing and have the capacity to undertake training in order to fulfil the role

What is the time commitment?

You’ll be expected to allocate up to 12 days a year to the role, although more days will be expected in the first year due to training. The Board meets for a minimum of three times a year, the next meeting being in March 2020. Meetings and training will be during normal office hours; therefore, you must have the support of your employer for your commitment to the role.

Will I be paid?

The role is a voluntary one, however expenses including travel and training will be paid.

How do I apply?

You must provide a CV and covering statement as to why you would be appropriate for the role. Names of referees should be included. The referees should similarly demonstrate how the applicant fits the requirements of the role.

Please make your applications via email to the following address: avonpensionboard@bathnes.gov.uk and title your application either Member representative or Employer representative.

Closing date is 5pm on 30 January 2020.

Selection process

Candidates will be assessed and selected by an independent panel of officers based on suitability and a discussion interview.

A recruitment pack with the role and person specification and background documents and information can be found below:

PDF iconRoles and responsibilities of the member and employer representative

PDF iconLocal Pension Board Terms of Reference

PDF iconAbout the Avon Pension Fund Local Pension Board

PDF iconAvon Pension Fund Committee Terms of Reference

PDF iconAbout the Avon Pension Fund

PDF iconAppointment Process

Annual Reports

The Board has published its Annual Report for 2018/19. This can be downloaded below:

PDF iconPension Board - Annual Report 2018-19

PDF iconPension Board - Annual Report 2017-18

PDF iconPension Board - Annual Report 2016-17

PDF iconPension Board - Annual Report 2015-16

Annual Employers' Conference 2018

PDF iconEmployers' Conference 2018 - Presentation slides

Independent Chair

  • Howard Pearce

Member Representatives

  • Tom Renhard
  • David Yorath
  • Mark King

Employer Representatives

  • Gaynor Fisher – South Gloucestershire Council
  • Steve Harman – Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Tony Whitlock - Bristol City Council
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