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TPR announces interim leadership changes and recruitment drive for permanent roles

Ref: PN24-15

Issued: Thursday 28 March 2024

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has appointed Neil Bull as Interim Director of Market Oversight, Nina Blackett as Interim Director of Strategy, Policy and Analysis, and Mel Charles as Interim Director of Regulatory Compliance.

As the pensions landscape rapidly evolves to a competitive marketplace of fewer, larger schemes, TPR announced last month the establishment of three new regulatory functions: Regulatory Compliance, Market Oversight, and Strategy Policy and Analysis. The changes will better align TPR’s structure to our strategic priorities and core functions.

Chief Executive Nausicaa Delfas said: “These appointments are critical in accelerating the shift in our regulatory approach that will help us to protect, enhance and innovate in a changing pensions market, and become a more efficient and effective regulator.”

The interim appointees are expected to be in post whilst TPR recruits for the three permanent Executive Director roles. TPR has launched a new microsite encouraging applications from both TPR colleagues and the wider market.

Louise Davey continues to be a member of TPR’s Executive Team, leading the interim Regulatory Advice and Analysis directorate, and continuing as a key spokesperson at industry events.

Notes for editors

  • Neil Bull joined TPR in 2017 and heads the Investment team which advises on investment issues in DB and DC pension schemes. Having worked in the commercial pensions sector for the best part of three decades, Neil brings a deep understanding of the pensions market and risk management. He worked as an investment consultant and fixed income portfolio manager at IBM Retirement Funds EMEA. He is a former Chair of Trustees and former Chair of the Investment Committee of the IBM Ireland DC Pension Plan and is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and is a CFA® charterholder.
  • Nina Blackett joined TPR in September 2023 as Director of Digital Services. During this time, she has also been leading the shift in TPR’s approach to regulating Master Trusts, and implementation of multi-disciplinary teams. Before TPR, she led the design and development of evidence-based interventions in healthcare and education across private, public and third sectors. Her career has spanned startups and established businesses. A PhD qualified social scientist, as well as a digital and design professional, Nina’s specific interests include the use of digital and data to improve social outcomes, and multidisciplinary team working in the service of innovation.
  • Mel Charles has held many roles since he joined TPR in 2011, most recently Director of Automatic Enrolment, responsible for all aspects of the regulatory operation from communications and customer support to IT systems and enforcement. He is a member of the TPR Executive Committee and the TPR Board. Prior to joining TPR, he held a range of positions in central government departments covering justice, international development and business. He is a qualified solicitor, risk management specialist and has sponsored and directed a range of programmes and projects.
  • The Pensions Regulator is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are to:
    • protect members’ benefits
    • reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund
    • promote, and improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes
    • maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties
    • minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of the regulator’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only)

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