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PPI appoints new director

The Pensions Policy Institute has appointed Niki Cleal as its director, replacing Alison O’Connell from the end of July.

O’Connell has decided to put her time into her research interests in retirement and pension policy on a freelance basis but will remain linked to the PPI as a governor.

An economics graduate of Cambridge University Cleal has spent the last ten years in the Civil Service, at the NHS Executive and more recently at HM Treasury. While at HM Treasury, she led and managed two major independent reviews – the Review of the Actuarial Profession chaired by Sir Derek Morris, and the Review of Business – University Collaboration, chaired by Richard Lambert. For the past year Cleal has been on secondment to HBOS, where she was the research director in the Public Policy Unit.


Cleal says “As the Pension Reform White Paper proceeds, there are great opportunities for the PPI to use its economic models for independent analysis and to continue to act as a focal point for debate. This will help to ensure that as far as possible, the final shape of policy meets the objectives of stakeholders and will stand the test of time. I am looking forward to meeting the many people in organisations which support the PPI’s work.”

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