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Trustees are vital to providing good quality trust-based pensions and protecting members' benefits. Guidance and resources to help you in your important and challenging role.

Understanding your role

Understand your wide range of duties as a trustee. Find information on becoming a new trustee and running a scheme well.

Governing the scheme

How to set a purpose and strategy, manage risks and conflicts of interest, and make sure the scheme provides value for members.

Communicate to members

Information to provide to scheme members including communications about retirement options, scams warnings and responding to requests from members.

Investment and DB scheme funding

Information about investment governance and strategy including how to decide your funding approach, manage risks and recovery plans.

Contributions, dashboards, data and transfers

Ensuring contributions are paid to the scheme, meeting dashboards duties, managing data and records, and dealing with transfer requests from scheme members.

Submit reports, payments and requests to us

How to submit a scheme return or recovery plan, pay the levy, request a trustee appointment and update registrable information using our online service Exchange.

DC or climate change penalty notices

What happens if you don't meet scheme duties, paying penalty notices and appealing against enforcement notices.

Wind up or transfer your scheme

How to go about winding up a defined contribution or defined benefit pension scheme in an effective manner.

Independent trustee register

The register of trustees who fulfil certain legislative conditions. The Pensions Regulator is required to compile and maintain the register.

Professional pension trustee standards

If you are a professional pension trustee we expect you to show a greater level of knowledge and meet higher standards than other trustees.

Employer related investments

Important information to help you avoid the risk of breaching employer related investment restrictions.

Trustee toolkit online learning

We provide a free online learning programme called the Trustee Toolkit which you should complete, unless you arrange the equivalent learning. You must log in or sign up to use the Trustee Toolkit.

Go to the Trustee Toolkit

Detailed guidance

Detailed guidance on how to meet legal requirements and the standards set out in our code of practice.

Detailed guidance: scheme management