PLSA and KPMG launch governance tool

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has launched a a tool to assist firms in meeting The Pension Regulator’s (TPR) recently enforced best practice expectations.

The PLSA has launched the Trustee Effectiveness service in collaboration with KPMG.  It helps trustee boards review their governance and ensure that it measures up to

As part of the service, the tool anonymously captures and reports the views of each trustee board member as well as other relevant stakeholders, the PLSA said in a statement announcing the launch.

KPMG then reviews the report adding commentary, insights and suggestions for each step before they work with the PLSA to prepare and facilitate a workshop to discuss the findings and agree next steps.

The move has been welcomed by Lesley Titcomb, chief executive at The Pensions Regulator, who said that the development of tools like this, should be encouraged.

‘Welcome inititiave’

“As part of our work on 21st Century Trusteeship we would like to encourage trustees to regularly assess their board effectiveness and we welcome initiatives developed by industry to support TPR’s drive to improve governance,” said Titcombe.

The Trustee Effectiveness service – available to both members and non-members – aims to provide trustees with practical guidance but also offers the reassurance of knowing their schemes governance has been reviewed by knowledgeable experts.

David Fairs, partner at KPMG, said: “While Trustee boards put a significant amount of time and effort into ensuring that their pension schemes meet the high standards demanded of them by the regulator, it can be a daunting task.  We are delighted to be working with the PLSA to offer this service.

“It is designed to provide trustee boards with a tool to assess how they are doing and set practical steps to improve future governance as well as the reassurance that these decisions have been reviewed by independent specialist third parties.”

Members’ feedback

Frances Corbett, head of PLSA Academy, said that the service was developed following feedback from our members who “wanted the Association to use its extensive expertise and knowledge to provide practical support”.

“One area that was of particular interest was Governance so we are extremely pleased to be working with KPMG to launch the new Trustee Effectiveness service, which aims to ensure that schemes governance meets TPR’s best practice expectations,” aid Corbett.


Gary Robinson
Head of Video and Ezines at Open Door Media Publishing. Deputy Editor, International Investment. An experienced journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years' financial services experience, both as journalist and originally as a fully qualified IFA, Gary works across both International Investment and InvestmentEurope titles. Previous video production credits include projects on BBC, C4 and SKY.

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