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TPAS Appoints Six New Fellows

21 June 2011

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) announced today (Tuesday) that six volunteer advisers have been made Fellows of TPAS in recognition of their outstanding service over a number of years. 

The new Fellows are Alan Bennet, Wally Burgess, Clive Campion, Frances Corbett, Colin Liddell and Paul Meins. 

TPAS also announced that Nathan Robinson had been awarded the title of 'Adviser of the Year' 2010/11.  Nathan has been an adviser since 2007. 

TPAS Chairman, Partha Dasgupta said: "TPAS advisers contribute selflessly to helping others with their pensions problems. I would like to thank them all on behalf of the thousands of people who benefit from their expertise each year. In particular, I would like to congratulate our new fellows and our Adviser of the Year for the outstanding contribution they have made."

Notes for Editors

  1. The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is an independent organisation, operating at arm's length from DWP.   It provides independent, non-regulated, one-stop information and guidance to members of the public on pensions matters.  TPAS has three core services that it offers to individuals free of charge: information and guidance, dispute resolution and visits to the workplace to provide information on retirement planning.
  2. TPAS provides a national pensions helpline 0845 601 2923 which is open 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday. The dedicated pensions helpline for women can be contacted during the same hours on 0845 600 0806.  In 2010/11 TPAS received 63,751 helpline calls, 18,419 written enquiries,  handled 6,021 pension disputes and over 2 million people visited its website at www.pensionsadvisoryservice.org.uk 
  3. The service is provided by a nationwide network of volunteers and augmented by technical and administrative staff based in London.  TPAS is funded by grant-in-aid from DWP which is recovered by a general levy on pension schemes.  
  4. Nathan Robinson Adviser of the Year 2010/11 - Nathan started his career in pensions when he joined CIS in the late 1990s.  He later joined HSBC Actuaries and Consultants Limited before moving to JLT Benefit Solutions.  Nathan currently works in their consultancy practice advising trustees from a wide variety of schemes.  Nathan is a member of the Pensions Management Institute's North West committee, helping to organise local seminars and their annual conference.  When he is not working he can be found running anywhere that offers dramatic views. He has been a TPAS adviser for 4 years.  In that time he has already handled close to 50 cases.  Nathan was nominated by his Regional Organiser who has been consistently impressed by Nathan's approach to each of his cases, and by staff at TPAS for his willingness to help.

Alan Bennet - Joined TPAS in 1992, currently retired. Alan is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. 

Wally Burgess - Joined TPAS in 1992. Before he retired he was Pensions Manager at Anglia Water and spent his career working in pensions in the public sector. 

Clive Campion - Joined TPAS in 1993. Clive is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and a Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. 

Frances Corbett - Joined TPAS in 1997. Frances is currently working at the National Association of Pension Funds and is an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute. 

Colin Liddell - Joined TPAS in 1997. Colin is an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute and is TPAS' Regional Organiser for Scotland. 

Paul Meins - Joined TPAS in 1996. Paul is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

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