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TPAS appoints new Chief Executive

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) announced today that Michelle Cracknell has been appointed as Chief Executive. Michelle will take up the post on 1 October 2013.

Michelle joins TPAS having previously worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years specialising in pensions and retirement planning. Her experience ranges from self-administered pensions, final salary and all types of defined contribution pension schemes and she has been involved in communication programmes to employees.

Commenting on her appointment Michelle said:

“I believe in pensions as a savings vehicle for retirement and I want to help people understand them so that they are able to make informed choices. I am thrilled to have been appointed as Chief Executive of The Pensions Advisory Service where we can help with providing access to information on pensions, use the insights that we have from dealing with these queries to contribute to the debate on future pension regulation and assist in sorting out disputes.

“Automatic enrolment will bring a set of new challenges. It is critical that employees understand the pension scheme which they are enrolled in and pro-actively plan for their retirement. The Pensions Advisory Service will be active in ensuring that the information is readily available to facilitate this engagement.”

Partha Dasgupta, Chairman, The Pensions Advisory Service said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Michelle to TPAS. Michelle has extensive knowledge and expertise of all aspects of pensions. I know she is particularly excited about working with our volunteers and leading our work on automatic enrolment to raise awareness of the value of pensions to a wider audience.”

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