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Expression of Interest for Independent Chair and Member representative - closing date 18 June 2021

The Local Pension Board for the Cheshire Pension Fund has been in operation since 2015.  The Board consists of five members; a non-voting independent Chair, two Employer Representatives and two Member Representatives, as outlined in the table below:

Name

Role

Employer/affiliation

Date Appointed

Term End Date

Peter Raynes

Chair

Independent

27 June 2018

26 June 2021

Councillor Robert Bissett*

Employer Representative

Cheshire West and Chester Council

27 June 2018

26 June 2021

Adrienne Laing

Employer Representative

Bridgewater High School

1 April 2020

31 March 2023

Geoff Wright

Member Representative

UNISON

27 June 2018

26 June 2021

Neil Harvey

Member Representative

GMB

27 June 2020

26 June 2023

*Nominated by Cheshire West and Chester Council

Both the independent Chair and one of the Member representatives will reach the end of their respective 3 year term of office on 26 June 2021, and so the Fund is seeking expressions of interest from those who may wish to be considered for these posts.

In the event that no suitable candidates are found to replace an existing Board member, they will be invited to continue in their role for a further 2-3 years. 

More details on the roles and responsibilities of the Local Pension Board and the respective roles can and be found here:

https://www.cheshirepensionfund.org/members/about-us/how-we-manage-the-fund/governance-structure/pension-board/

The appointment timetable will be as follows:

 

Dates

Action

25 May 2021

The posts are advertised for a period of 4 weeks

18 June 2021

Closing date for receipt of Expressions of Interest

June (date/s to be confirmed)

Selection interviews**

27 June 2021

Member will be appointed/re-appointed

**In the event that there are numerous candidates for the roles advertised then a selection process consisting of interviews will take place in mid/late June.

Both the roles require a person who can demonstrate the required criteria, characteristics and skills, which include:

  • You must be a member of the Cheshire Pension Fund and be able to commit to a membership period of 3 years
  • Capacity to attend at least five Local Pension Board meetings per year, along with a minimum of four training sessions and attendance at conferences and seminars throughout each year
  • A good understanding of pension fund management, LGPS knowledge and an understanding of the issues facing the LGPS
  • Financial and Investment awareness
  • Act impartially in the interests of both employers and members
  • Confidence to challenge, influence, and engage
  • Act prudently, honestly and in line with accepted principles of public life
  • An effective communicator and team player and promote excellent working relationships within the Local Pension Board and gain the confidence of external stakeholders

Interested parties should complete the Member Representative Expression of Interest Form or Chairman Expression of Interest Form and return it to the Fund using the options below:

Email:    pensions@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Post:      Cheshire Pension Fund, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 0BE

Please use the following heading in all responses –  ‘Local Pension Board – FAO Heidi Catherall’

Do you want to get more involved in the Governance of the Cheshire Pension Fund as an employer representative, a member representative or Independent Chair?

Who can sit on the Board?

Under the LGPS regulations, the Board must comprise equal numbers of scheme member and scheme employer representatives. Cheshire has chosen to have two scheme member (One nomination being a trade union representative) and two employer representatives (One nomination being made by Cheshire West and Chester Council). The Board will also have an Independent Chair (who will not have any voting rights).

The key requirements of prospective Board Members is having knowledge and understanding, capacity to develop and maintain it, keeping it up to date, and that induction training will be provided prior to appointment where possible.

How much time and effort is involved?

The Board is likely to meet a minimum of 5 times twice a year. Board Members will also be expected to undertake the necessary training to undertake the role. This this is likely to involve a minimum of four training sessions (potentially more initially). and attendance at conferences and seminars throughout

Board Members will also be entitled to attend meetings of the Pension Fund Committee as Observers.

Appointments are made for a 3 year period.

Due to the requirements for Board Members to have/develop the necessary knowledge and understanding, it has been determined that substitutes will not be allowed.

Will I be paid to sit on the Board?

No – although you will be entitled to reclaim any travel or subsistence costs incurred as a result of attending Board Meetings, or approved training.

What are the next steps?

If you are interested in any of the roles please click on the links below for further information, specifications and expression of interest forms.

Independent Chair

Who can be the Independent Chair?

For the role of independent chair we are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following criteria, characteristics and skills. It should be noted that the role will involve reviewing the financial aspects of pension fund management and we are looking for people who bring an appropriate level of knowledge with them.

Qualities expected of the Chair

• proven leadership skills with the ability to chair meetings
• articulate in writing and speech, including preparing formal papers
• excellent communication skills
• tact and diplomacy
• willingness to speak one’s mind and listen to the views of others.

Experience and knowledge

• knowledge and experience of governance or management of work-based Local Government Pension Scheme and the regulatory bodies involved
• a working knowledge of the Local Government Pension Scheme
• prior experience of committee/trustee work
• the law relating to pensions
• any matters which are prescribed in regulations
• an awareness of the practices and policies about the administration of the LGPS including –
• Pension Fund administration and governance
• Pension Fund investment management
• Pension Fund liability management

Remuneration, expenses and allowances

The role will be not be remunerated. All Pension Board members will be entitled to claim travel and subsistence allowances for attending meetings relating to Pension Board business (including attending training) at rates contained in the Members’ Allowances Scheme.

If you are interested please complete and return the following expression of interest form:

Expression of Interest Form

Employee Representative

Who can be an employee Representative?

An employee representative can:

  • be a member of the scheme
  • be an employee
  • be a deferred or retired member

For the roles of member representatives we are looking for people who can demonstrate the following criteria, characteristics and skills. It should be noted that the role will involve reviewing the financial aspects of pension fund management and we are looking for people who bring an appropriate level of knowledge with them.

  • You must be a member or an employer member of the Cheshire Pension Fund and be able to commit to a membership period of 3 years
  • Capacity to attend at least two Local Pension Board meetings per year, along with training as required
  • A good understanding of pension fund management, LGPS knowledge and an understanding of the issues facing the LGPS
  • Financial and Investment awareness
  • Trustee, governance or representative board experience
  • Act impartially in the interests of both employers and members
  • Confidence to challenge, influence, and engage
  • Act prudently, honestly and in line with accepted principles of public life
  • An effective communicator and team player and promote excellent working relationships within the Local Pension Board and gain the confidence of external stakeholders

Interested parties should complete the Expression of Interest Form and return it to the Fund using the options below:

Email:    pensions@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Post:     Local Pension Board- FAO Heidi Catherall, Cheshire Pension Fund, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 0BE

 

 

Employer Representative

Who can be a scheme employer representative?

An employer representative can:

  • be an employee of an employer in the Cheshire Pension Fund
  • also be a scheme member (e.g. if they are also an employee who has chosen to join the LGPS)
  • be someone other than an employee e.g. in the case of an Academy school a Governor could be nominated as an employer representative

For the roles of employer representatives we are looking for people who can demonstrate the following criteria, characteristics and skills. It should be noted that the role will involve reviewing the financial aspects of pension fund management and we are looking for people who bring an appropriate level of knowledge with them.

  • You must be a member or an employer member of the Cheshire Pension Fund and be able to commit to a membership period of 3 years
  • Capacity to attend at least two Local Pension Board meetings per year, along with training as required
  • A good understanding of pension fund management, LGPS knowledge and an understanding of the issues facing the LGPS
  • Financial and Investment awareness
  • Trustee, governance or representative board experience
  • Act impartially in the interests of both employers and members
  • Confidence to challenge, influence, and engage
  • Act prudently, honestly and in line with Nolan’s seven principles of public life
  • An effective communicator and team player and promote excellent working relationships within the Local Pension Board and gain the confidence of external stakeholders

If you are interested please complete and return the following expression of interest form:

Expression of Interest Form