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Director of Automatic Enrolment Darren Ryder to step down

Ref: PN19-50

Issued: Wednesday 27 November 2019

The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has announced today that Darren Ryder, Director of Automatic Enrolment, will be leaving the organisation.

Darren joined TPR eight years ago to support the initial design and delivery of automatic enrolment (AE) in the UK following his involvement in the successful implementation of Kiwi-Saver in New Zealand.

Initially joining on a six-month secondment, Darren decided to stay on at TPR and worked as Head of Compliance and Enforcement before becoming Director of the AE programme in 2017.

Darren is leaving in early 2020 to work directly with other countries planning to implement their own automatic enrolment programmes.

Charles Counsell, Chief Executive of TPR, said: “Darren has made a huge contribution to the successful delivery of automatic enrolment in the UK, with more than 10 million people now saving into a pension.

“Darren only planned to be with us for six months, and he stayed for eight years, supporting me and the wider TPR team through the design, build and delivery of automatic enrolment. I am hugely grateful to him for the difference he has made and I wish him every success in the future.”

Darren Ryder said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at TPR and am immensely proud of the work the team has achieved together. I know that I am leaving committed, talented people who will continue to build on the success of AE, ensuring that millions more people can save with confidence for their retirement.”

Notes to editors

TPR is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are: to protect members’ benefits; to reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); to promote, and to improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes; to maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties; and to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of TPR’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only).

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