Pension Regulator reappoints non-executive directors

The Pensions Regulator has reappointed two non-executive directors, Alan Pickering and Chris Swinson, for a further four-year term.

Pickering and Swinson began their new contract on 8 February, having already served a four-year term as inaugural non-executive directors.

David Norgrove, Pensions Regulator chairman, said: “I am delighted that Alan Pickering and Chris Swinson have been reappointed.

“They have both played a key role in overseeing the successful development of the Regulator. I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.”

Chris Swinson holds the office of Comptroller and Auditor General of Jersey and is a former senior partner of BDO Stoy Hayward. He served as a council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and was president from 1998 to 1999.

He said: “I am very pleased to be reappointed. The work of the Pensions Regulator is important, especially given the current economic conditions and the government’s pension reforms.”

Alan Pickering is a director of BESTrustees and became chairman on 1 February 2009.

He joined Watson Wyatt in 1992 after 20 years with the Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications and Plumbers Union, where he gained experience in employee relations, pensions and personal finance.

Pickering was also chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds from 1999 to 2001 and in addition, he led a review into pensions simplification of private pension provision.

“To be reappointed at a time of such economic turbulence is an honour and a challenge,” he said.