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PPI appoints Chris Curry as director


Research organisation The Pensions Policy Institute has appointed Chris Curry to succeed Niki Cleal as director.

Curry, who has been PPI research director for 11 years, will succeed Cleal when she steps down in June.

PPI chairman of council Michael Pomery says: “Chris Curry emerged from a very thorough selection process as the outstanding candidate and PPI council are confident that he has the vision and experience to lead the PPI, building on the success of his predecessors in the role.”

Curry says: “With the UK pension system currently in transition, the need for a sound evidence base is as strong as ever, and I look forward to leading the PPI as we continue to provide high quality and independent research and analysis.

“The PPI has gone from strength to strength under Niki Cleal’s guidance, and I am confident that the PPI will continue to develop into the future.”


Partnership poaches Friends Life longevity director Richard Willets

Partnership has recruited Richard Willets as director of longevity from rival provider Friends Life. Willets has been at Friends since July 2011, where he was also director of longevity. Before joining Friends Willets held a similar role at pension buyout specialist Paternoster. Partnership chief financial officer David Richardson says: “Richard is recognised across the insurance […]

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Labour MEP hits out at PRA calls for ‘EU-bashing’ Solvency II inquiry

Labour MEP and Solvency II rapporteur Peter Skinner has hit out at Prudential Regulation Authority demands for a parliamentary inquiry into the directive as it could lead to ”EU-bashing”. PRA executive director Andrew Bailey has branded the EU process for Solvency II “shocking” and called for the UK parliament to investigate. Treasury select committee chairman […]


Insurance experts back PRA attack on Solvency II

Insurance experts have backed Prudential Regulation Authority executive director Andrew Bailey’s attack on the“staggering” costs of Solvency II and the “shocking” EU regulatory process. In February, Bailey wrote to parliamentary commission on banking standards chair Andrew Tyrie claimingthe directive has become “lost in detail and vastly expensive” and will cost the industry billions of pounds […]

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Auto-enrolment — don’t leave it too late…

With auto-enrolment (AE) well under way for the UK’s largest businesses, over the next three years an additional 800,000 smaller employers (with less than 60 employees) will start their journey to comply with the legislation. AE mandates all eligible employees and their respective employers to make regular pension contributions into a qualifying pension scheme. To learn more about the legislation read our brief Jelf AEase — simple steps to AE compliance guide.


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