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Pensions regulator names Edmans and Pickering as non-executives

The Pensions Regulator has unveiled five high-profile pension figures as non-executive board members.

The five, recommended by Pensions Regulator chairman David Norgrove, include Aegon UK director of corporate development Laurie Edmans and occupational pensions review author Alan Pickering,Also on the board are Chris Swinson, former partner of BDO Stoy Hayward, who works as an expert witness in financial cases, BBC director of policy and legal Caroline Thomson and City solicitors Ashurst partner Roger Walsom.

The Pensions Regulator takes over as the regulatory body overseeing pensions from Opra on April 6. Its role will be to protect the benefits of scheme members and ensure that work-based pensions are compliant. It will work closely with the Pensions Protection Fund and the FSA.

Edmans says: “I am del-ighted to have been asked to contribute to the work of an organisation whose work will be key to the future of pensions for people in the UK. There are a great number of challenges to overcome but there is a real opportunity to use the new measures introduced by the Government to work towards restoring confidence.”

Work and Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson says: “Individually, each board member will bring high levels of essential and desirable skills from their different careers. Between them, I am confident that they offer a wide and imp-ressive blend of knowledge, skills and experience, together with a strong commitment to supporting the Pensions Regulator.”

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