The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has appointed Emma Douglas as the inaugural chair of its newly-formed policy board.
Douglas will take on the role for an expected initial term of three years, and will represent the PLSA's broad membership in policymaking and developing common policy goals.
She is currently also head of defined contribution (DC) solutions at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM).
The role, which is unpaid, will be introduced in October as part of a reform of the association's policy structures following a consultation with members towards the end of last year.
Douglas will attend the PLSA's next overall board meeting as an observer in September, while the policy board will meet for the first time in a shadow capacity in the same month in order to agree the terms of reference and structure of any bodies below it. This could include abolishing or reforming the existing defined benefit (DB) and DC councils.
The board will comprise 15 to 20 members and have oversight for all of the PLSA's activity, strategic positions, and programme-setting in relation to policy, but will also seek input from other members outside of the board.
Douglas said the board would aim to be a leader on the development of policy issues.
"I am very proud to be appointed as chair of the PLSA's new policy board," she said. "The PLSA is a leading voice within the pensions industry that is well known for its robust and far-reaching policy work. I intended to use my new role to build on these foundations and ensure that we continue to stay ahead on policy issues and shape the pensions landscape to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement."
PLSA chairman Richard Butcher welcomed Douglas' experience.
"I am delighted to announce Emma as chair of our new policy board," he said. "Throughout this process, we have been looking for someone who can represent our broad membership and who is dedicated to helping improve retirement outcomes, and Emma certainly fits the bill.
"Having someone with Emma's extensive experience take forward this important position will help keep us at the forefront of pensions policy within Whitehall and Westminster. I look forward to working closely with her in her new role."
The PLSA said it would launch the appointment process for the remaining members of the policy board over the coming weeks, seeking a representative body for its broad membership.
Douglas' appointment, as well as those of the other board members, will be subject to ratification at the PLSA's annual conference in October.
Douglas joined LGIM in 2014 in her current role after leaving Mercer Investment Consulting where she was a partner from 2011 to 2013. Prior to that, she was head of DC sales at BlackRock from 2007 to 2011, and head of DC at Threadneedle from 2000.
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