EUROPE - Alan Pickering has been elected chairman of the European Federation for Retirement Provision (EFRP), the umbrella group for European national pension associations.
A partner at consultants Watson Wyatt, he was recently appointed by the UK Government to undertake a comprehensive review of private pensions legislation to result in a package of options for simplification.
Pickering has been vice chairman of the EFRP since October 2000 and succeeds Kees van Rees, the former managing director of Shell Pensioenfonds. He served as chairman of the UK's National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) from 1999 to 2001 and was previously NAPF vice chairman (1997-99).
The EFRP, based in Brussels, promotes the development of second tier pensions across Europe, representing national pension associations at the European Union level.
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Savers are being warned by the Insolvency Service to guard their pension pots from investment scammers and negligent trustees as it winds up 24 companies.
Respondents say they should only be required in certain situations as the system is not broken.