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Our board and executive team

Partha Dasgupta

Chairman

Partha DasguptaPartha Dasgupta was appointed Chairman of the Pensions Advisory Service by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in January 2010.  He is also a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority and a member of the audit committee, a non-executive member of the Save the Children (UK) Investment Committee and a director of the SAUL Trustee Company.

Partha joined the Pension Protection Fund as Director of Investment and Finance in 2005 and served as its Chief Executive and Accounting Officer from 2006 to 2009.  Before this, he spent ten years at Barclays Global Investors, the world's largest asset management company, latterly as Managing Director of Fixed Income Europe and member of the European Executive Committee.  He began his career as an analyst at the Prudential.

He has a degree in mathematics from Heriot-Watt University and was subsequently awarded an honorary doctorate in 2008 for his services to society. 

Alex Balfour

Board member

Alex BalfourAlex is the Head of New Media at London 2012 (LOCOG) the organisation responsible for staging the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is one of the UK's most experienced, well connected and respected new media professionals and has five years experience of chairing the board of a leading private sector Internet business. He also holds an MA in History.

Colette Bewley

Board member

Colette BewleyColette is a free lance coach and consultant. She is a TPAS volunteer adviser and a former director of a leading UK law firm, Burges Salmon LLP, where she was responsible for development and innovation.  Colette is a Solicitor (retired) and former Partner in Pensions. She is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, BSc, Diploma in Law and an Executive coach.

David Clarke

Board member

David ClarkeDavid has over 20 years board level experience, both as a non-executive and executive director. His non-executive roles include: Forensic Science Service Ltd, Cumberland Building Society and PhonepayPlus Ltd. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Chartered Institute of Management Consultants in addition to a BSc in Business Studies.

Rt. Hon. Baroness Hollis of Heigham

Board member

Baroness HollisBarnoness Hollis is a working peer in the House of Lords and from 1997 to 2005 she was a DWP Minister specializing in pension work.  She has had three careers: as a university academic in Norwich, local authority leader and member of various public bodies.  She has a number of publications and is a frequent conference speaker.

Tilly Ross

Board member

Tilly RossTilly is the Global Head of Retirement Plans at National Grid plc, with responsibility for strategy, governance, administration, risk management and funding of pension and other post retirement plans. Her board experience includes being Chair of the CBI's Pensions Panel, a member on National Grid's Global Retirement Plan Committee and a Director of Electricity Pensions Limited. Her qualifications include Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and a MA in mathematics.

Michelle Cracknell

Chief executive

Michelle CracknellMichelle Cracknell was appointed Chief Executive of the Pensions Advisory Service in October 2013.

Michelle started her career as a pensions adviser for Advisory & Brokerage Services Ltd. She stayed at the firm for 20 years becoming a director and qualifying as an Actuary in 1997. Her work involved giving advice to companies on their pension arrangement and she also ran the self-administered pensions team that administered SSAS and SIPPs. In 2007, she joined Skandia as the Strategy Director and continued her interest in investment platforms when she left and did 3 years as a consultant. She is a regular commentator on pension matters in the media. Throughout her career, her key desire has been to make pensions more accessible to the employees through the provision of information.  

Jonathan Kalemera

Head of corporate services

JonathanJonathan Kalemera is a Chartered Certified Accountant who also holds an MA in Accounting and Finance.  He is a highly experienced senior management professional with wide ranging experience as Finance Director and Interim Chief Executive.  He has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors of the economy, and has experience in making these sectors work together including transferring Central and local Government services to the private sector and managing public sector services delivered in partnership with the private sector.

He has successfully managed financial and other services including IT, Estates and Procurement and has a strong track record of providing strategic direction during significant periods of change

He has had significant experience of specifying, procuring and implementing new finance systems including the development of an online purchase order system linking around 140 offices across England and Wales in 2002 when he was Director of Finance for a Non Departmental Public Body.

He has key experience on major projects and when he was Director of Finance and Performance at the London Development Agency, among other things, he developed and implemented the financing strategy for acquiring and remediating land for the 2012 Olympic Games and the relocation of individuals and businesses from that site. The total package amounted to £1.5bn including arranging a £500m loan facility which was unprecedented for Regional Development Agencies.

Tony Attubato

Head of dispute resolution

Tony AttubatoTony was appointed Head of Dispute Resolution from 1 August 2010. He started his career with Legal & General, joining The Pensions Advisory Service as a Technical Specialist in April 2001, before becoming the Helpline Manager in August 2003 and Technical Manager from April 2005.

Tony is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.

Alison-Jane Bailey

Head of policy and technical development

Alison-Jane BaileyAlison joined TPAS as Head of Policy and Technical Development on 19 July 2010.

She began her career in pensions at Equity and Law in 1982. In 1986 she joined Abbey Life, where she was a senior technical analyst. She was a senior technical consultant at Friends Provident, where she contributed to new product development and was responsible for analysis of pensions tax legislation.

Alison has contributed to the development of industry and Government defined contribution pension policy through membership of many pension committees, including the PMI External Affairs Committee.

She was elected as a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute in 2000.

Charlotte Jackson

Head of information and guidance

Charlotte JacksonCharlotte joined TPAS as Head of Information and Guidance on 2nd August 2010 from Citizens Advice, where she led on their relationships with key partner organisations across London and the South East regions.  As part of this, Charlotte was responsible for the establishment of a number of new bureau services, the development of the London Advice Executive and a range of recession-related partnership initiatives aimed at increasing levels of debt advice and financial capability work amongst target communities.  In total, Charlotte spent eight years with the Citizens Advice service, covering a variety of roles from business management consultancy in mergers and restructures across the bureaux network to devising and implementing new projects and initiatives.

Prior to working at Citizens Advice, Charlotte worked within the criminal justice system and in corporate hospitality over a number of years.

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