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PLSA appoints chair of new policy board


The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has announced that Emma Douglas (Head of DC, Legal & General Investment Management) has been appointed as Chair of its Policy Board, which will be introduced in autumn 2018.

The creation of a PLSA Policy Board was one of the proposed changes announced at the PLSA’s Annual Conference in October 2017, and which the organisation has since consulted on. From autumn, the Policy Board will take strategic oversight of the PLSA’s policy work programme across the full breadth of its membership, making sure it supports the PLSA’s purpose and vision to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement. 
With a career that spans more than 20 years in the pensions and investment management industries, Emma is currently Head of DC for Legal & General Investment Management and is also Chair of the PLSA’s existing Master Trust Committee and sits on the PLSA’s DC Council.
As part of her new role, Emma will represent the PLSA’s membership in policy making and provide leadership in bringing a diverse range of members together behind common policy goals.
Richard Butcher, chair of the PLSA, says: “I am delighted to announce Emma as Chair of our new Policy Board. Throughout this process we have been looking for someone who can represent our broad membership and who is dedicated to helping improve retirement outcomes, and Emma certainly fits the bill. Having someone with Emma’s extensive experience take forward this important position will help keep us at the forefront of pensions policy within Whitehall and Westminster. I look forward to working closely with her in her new role.”
Douglas says: “I am very proud to be appointed as Chair of the PLSA’s new Policy Board. The PLSA is a leading voice within the pensions industry that is well known for its robust and far-reaching policy work. I intend to use my new role to build on these foundations and ensure that we continue to stay ahead on policy issues and shape the pensions landscape to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement.”
The search for the remaining members of the Policy Board will begin in the coming weeks and the PLSA will be looking for members who can represent all areas of its broad membership and deliver its ongoing policy agenda. The PLSA will ask its members to approve Emma’s appointment and the appointments of other Policy Board members at the PLSA Annual General Meeting in October.

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