Councillor Roger Phillips has been appointed chairman of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) advisory board and succeeds Joanne Segars who is stepping down.
Prior to his appointment by the Secretary of State, Phillips was vice chairman of the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board and also led the Local Government Authority's UK-wide local government pension committee.
The Scheme Advisory Board (SAB) was originally set up in a pilot form in April 2013 before being formalised as a statutory body on 1 April 2015.
It is tasked with advising and assisting the 89 pension fund authorities that run the LGPS and their local pension boards at a time when the scheme is being overhauled.
Phillips said in a statement he was "delighted and honoured to be appointed however I am very aware of the many and varied challenges faced by the scheme and under no illusions about the hard work and tough decisions necessary to ensure its continued sustainability".
Segars had chaired the board in both its shadow and interim forms.
The board said it wanted to extend its "sincere thanks" to Segars for her "hard work and dedication", and that she had been "pivotal in ensuring the board's successful development".
Phillips is a member and former leader (2003-2011) of Worcestershire Council and has been a lead LGA member on workforce and pay negotiations since 2007.
He also chaired the LGPS 2014 Project Board which brought together employer, employee and government representatives in order to reform the scheme.
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