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Roberts aims to continue HMRC dialogue as he takes over chair at Amps

The Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes has appointed Barnett Waddingham partner Andrew Roberts as chairman.

Roberts replaces Rowanmoor Pensions head of pensions technical services Robert Graves, who is stepping down as chairman but has been re-elected to the Amps committee.

Roberts says: “Our focus this year will be to continue to work closely with HM Revenue and Customs and the FSA so the underlying pension inv-estors can have confidence in the self-invested pension industry. The economy dep-ends on the success of small to medium-sized businesses and many of these rely on the support of their directors’ pension schemes, no more so than during such tough economic times.”

James Hay head of technical support Neil MacGillivray becomes honorary secretary at the Sipp and Ssas provider trade body.

DP Pensions director Elaine Turtle has been named honorary treasurer and Killik & Co head of pensions administration Geoff Buck becomes membership secretary.

Earlier this month, Suffolk Life finance director Renata Chester and Berkeley Burke & Co senior technical administrator Zachary Gallagher were appointed to the trade body’s committee.



Aifa: What we have done for IFAs

There was much amusement this summer as Monty Python references entered the debate about trade body politics. This left some younger members scratching their heads but it did cause me to reflect on that other famous sketch which asked: “What have the Romans ever done for us?” Let’s look at just some of this year’s […]

Aberdeen raises cash holding across range

The Aberdeen multi-manager team has increased its cash weighting across its £9bn range to up to 10 per cent in response to market volatility. Aberdeen had a 6 per cent cash weightings before the summer sell-off. Asset management senior portfolio manager Scott Spencer says: “Cash was reduced to 1 or 2 per cent when the […]

Jupiter is hit by volatile markets as assets plunge

Jupiter has seen its assets under management shrink by £2.8bn in the three months to September 30. Assets dropped from £24.8bn in the second quarter to £22.3bn in the third quarter as a result of volatility in equity markets. But the company saw net inflows of £295m in the third quarter, dominated by flows into […]

Fundquest looks for combination

Multi-manager firm Fundquest says running its select range is not about picking the best manager for a particular sector but finding a combination of managers that can provide a balance between risk and return. The company tends to buy and hold funds in the select and select cautious funds for the medium to long term […]

UK housebuilders remain a value trap – despite post-Brexit falls

By Mark Martin & Holly Cassell, Neptune UK Equities As investors continue to digest the UK electorate’s vote to leave the EU, Neptune’s Mark Martin and Holly Cassell explain why they believe housebuilders remain dangerously overvalued Click here to view full article Important information  Investment risks  Neptune funds may have a high historic volatility rating and […]


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