UK - The Pensions Regulator has seconded Hewitt Associates consultant Russell Agius, who will focus on delivering the policy framework for the regulator's defined benefit (DB) funding work programme.
Agius's latest secondment with the regulator follows two previous secondments with the Department for Work and Pensions and the Pension Protection Fund during 2004 and 2005.
He said: "There is a spotlight on DB schemes as companies seek to manage their overall risk exposure, forcing scheme sponsors to reassess their objectives.
"This secondment is a great opportunity to be involved in shaping the policy framework and I believe my experience will be beneficial in developing new initiatives."
Charlie Massey, strategic development policy at the regulator, said: "The Pensions Regulator welcomes suitable qualified professionals usually for periods of six to twelve months, enabling individuals to 'get under the skin' of the regulator and understand the implications of the Pensions Act 2004 from the inside.
"This enables the regulator to gain better links with the city and a valuable business perspective, while the structured programme of support it provides, including the Alumni network, helps to ensure that secondees get the most out of their placement."
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