UK - The campaign to establish an Occupational Pensions Archives Trust to collate and preserve historical documents has received overwhelming support.
The campaign is spearheaded by Alan Herbert – chairman of OPDU and a non-executive director of Dunnett Shaw and Partners – who now plans to set up a steering committee in October or November.
Herbert, who has worked in the industry for almost 50 years, said: “I am very encouraged by the response that I have had from people.”Any archive is likely to be based at a university where OPAT could provide funds for an archivist to research the history of occupational pensions.
Alan Philipp, managing director of AP Information Services, publishers of Pension Funds and their Advisers, said: “The establishment of an occupational pensions archive will be of great benefit to future generations enabling them to see how the pension industry has grown over the last 100 years.”
Other industry figures who have expressed their support to the campaign include Kevin Sims of the Pension Fund Partnership and several key UK pension fund managers.
Herbert hopes to get further opinions from a cross-section of the pensions industry before holding the first meeting of the steering group to look at ideas in more detail.
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