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About your Trustees

All Trustees in the MMT are independent. Unlike many other master trusts, our trustees are empowered under the Trust Deed to make changes within the MMT without it being a triggering event; such as switching the administrator, removing fund managers or changing the investment adviser.

Having no Mercer representation on the Trustee Board is a fundamental design principle. The objective is to ensure that the Trustee board will always act in the interests of members.

Alan Pickering

Alan Pickering is Chairman of BESTrustees and Chairman of the MMT. He has served as a non-executive director of The Pensions Regulator and was previously a member of the Occupational Pensions Board. Alan is a Trustee of a number of schemes including: The Plumbing Industry Pension Scheme which he chairs, People’s Pension and Chairman of the governance group of the Royal Mail Statutory Pension Scheme.

In a few words, why do you enjoy being an MMT Trustee?

Those clients who have joined the MMT are interested in providing a quality offering and are not simply complying with their auto enrolment obligations. To me, pensions are all about quality and not mere legal compliance.

With the Trustee Board being designed to complement the other Board members’ skills. What is your area of focus which helps the Trustees put members first in everything they do?

Most of my career has been spent at the interface of personal finance, industrial relations and politics. As a result, I think I can understand both the big picture and relevant details. A pensions scheme is part of the remuneration package and that package is an integral part of our family finances. I never lose sight of the importance that families should place on their financial wellbeing.

How do you see the MMT adding to the overall benefits package offered to members?

IMI obviously shares my view of the integrated nature of financial and mental wellbeing. Those members who make use of all the available tools can place themselves firmly in the driving seat. This is the best place to be.

Who would be your favourite dinner guest and why? Also, what would be on the menu?

Dina Asher-Smith, Dolly Parton and Michelle Obama. They are all very successful and possess a social conscience. I could simply sit back, enjoy my food and learn a lot from their discussions. On the menu would be tomato soup, Whitby scampi and chips and apple crumble.

Lisa Mundy

With her background in customer service, Lisa is very focused on the member and has led reviews of both member communications and service improvements with administrators. As well as serving on trustee boards since 2016, Lisa has chaired DC sub-committees and has been a member of the Administration sub-committee. Lisa joined BESTrustees in July 2019, and since has been appointed to seven clients with a mix of Master trust, DB and hybrid DB/DC schemes. Prior to joining BESTrustees, Lisa spent 12 years working for LV=, one of the largest insurance companies in the UK, most recently as Service Director for the Life & Pensions business.

In a few words, why do you enjoy being an MMT Trustee?

I enjoy being an MMT Trustee because I know my involvement will make a positive difference to members.

With the Trustee Board being designed to complement the other Board members’ skills. What is your area of focus which helps the Trustees put members first in everything they do?

My background is in customer services within the pensions industry. I like to put myself in the member's shoes and look at the complete proposition from their point of view.

How do you see the MMT adding to the overall benefits package offered to members?

Mercer Money is a very forward thinking tool, not only helping members with their pension journey but also enabling them to understand their complete financial position.

Who would be your favourite dinner guest and why? Also, what would be on the menu?

Michael Buble, Robbie Williams and Rhianna. I love all their music and I’d like to think I could persuade at least one of them to sing a song or two. On the menu would be fresh barracuda which reminds me of family holidays in far flung places.

Zahir Fazal

Zahir is a chartered accountant. Prior to joining BESTrustees in June 2008, Zahir was a partner in a major accountancy practice, where he established their highly successful Pensions Group. As a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, he is currently Chairman of the Institute’s Pensions Sub-Committee and immediate past Chairman of the Pensions Research Accountants Group.

In a few words, why do you enjoy being an MMT Trustee?

It is both challenging and stimulating and I passionately believe in arrangements that help members make appropriate retirement provision.

With the Trustee Board being designed to complement the other Board members’ skills. What is your area of focus which helps the Trustees put members first in everything they do?

I have been a professional trustee for 12 years and am a Chartered Accountant by training. I bring broad governance experience, financial and analytical skills and a questioning mind to the Trustee Board.

How do you see the MMT adding to the overall benefits package offered to members?

By making it easier for members to understand their overall savings and helping them make appropriate provision for their retirement.

Who would be your favourite dinner guest and why? Also, what would be on the menu?

Certain friends I have lost touch with over the years. Dover sole and bread and butter pudding.

Giles Payne

Giles has more than 30 years’ experience in the Pensions industry and has worked for consultancies, an insurance company and an asset manager. Prior to joining Capital Cranfield, Giles worked at HR Trustees as a Professional Trustee for seven years. Giles currently works with defined benefit, defined contribution schemes, master trusts and sits on one independent Governance Committee. He acts as chair to a number of Schemes. He currently sits on seven boards, an IGC and two master trusts.

In a few words, why do you enjoy being an MMT Trustee?

I enjoy being an MMT Trustee because I enjoy working in a supportive environment with an excellent team of talented people who are committed to carry out their duties with diligence and good humour.

With the Trustee Board being designed to complement the other Board members’ skills. What is your area of focus which helps the Trustees put members first in everything they do?

I initially started my career in pensions administration before moving to consultancy, investment management and finally Trusteeship. I would class my area of expertise as investment but with other very relevant knowledge. Investment is a very important part of providing members with their benefits.

How do you see the MMT adding to the overall benefits package offered to members?

MMT is a well governed pension arrangement which will provide a sound route to effective pension saving.

Who would be your favourite dinner guest and why? Also, what would be on the menu?

My favourite dinner guests would be a selection of close friends to catch up with, having not seen them for too long. I would serve a selection of wine, tapas bread, cheese and salads which we could pick at whilst chatting.

Dianne Day

Dianne is a specialist in DC pension schemes and has served as independent chair or member on a range of trustee boards and committees. Her portfolio includes occupational trusts, a master-trust and an Independent Governance Committee.

Her background is in investment management roles, where she has led several high-profile change projects involving stakeholder relationships with members, employers, consultants and regulators.

Dianne is passionate about encouraging the development of effective member and employer communications to improve outcomes for members.

In a few words, why do you enjoy being an MMT Trustee?

Being the best professional trustee I can be means, above all, being the member’s champion.

With the Trustee Board being designed to complement the other Board members’ skills. What is your area of focus which helps the Trustees put members first in everything they do?

My focus is on communications and engagement, and to me that means using technology in a human-centred way to speak clearly with members about their pensions.

How do you see the MMT adding to the overall benefits package offered to members?

Pensions contributions are members’ second pay day – it’s their money, earmarked for later life. The MMT takes good care of members’ ‘later on’ pay and puts it to work for them along the way.

Who would be your favourite dinner guest and why? Also, what would be on the menu?

Greta Thunberg and Malala Yousafzai, young leaders with courage who inspire the next generation. Dinner would have to be vegan – with dark chocolate and a decent Aussie red wine.

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