Pensions personality – the oxymoron is back!

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“give me some milk or I’ll go home”

After a year off, Prof Pens have relaunched their pension personality award and the long list is out.

I’m a great fan of this award because it gives people a chance to have a little fun , big up their mates and almost  no one takes it  seriously. Very much in the spirit of the Play Pen!

In years gone past there has been talk of the award being devalued by the antics of some of the contestants (notably me). It is almost impossible to discredit this award since, by winning, you are consigning yourself to ridicule.

Past winners haven’t even turned up at the awards ceremony and the voting has made the hustings of the early 19th century look a model of governance with boxes of votes going missing and piles of uncounted votes sitting on tables of the Grosvenor House.

Fortunately we now have an incorruptible  judging panel whose bank details are available for donations (only joking). There are almost as many judges as candidates which makes sure the awards event will be a financial success even if no one else turns up (what is the matter with me this morning!).

Anyway, if you’ve enjoyed my blog, or the play pen and want to say so in a way that would really please me, please VOTE ME.

But if you don’t vote TAPPER vote for anyone else because amazingly all but four of the candidates are in the Pension Play Pen and the four that aren’t are going to get an invite today!!!

To cast your vote, simply send an email to To s your vote is  counted, please type “Personality: [Candidate Name]” in the subject line of your  email. You do not need to give any reasons for your choice in this email.

Example: To vote for John Smith, type “Personality: John Smith” in the  subject line.

Voting closes at 5pm on 15 February.


The nominees:

Ros Altmann, director general, Saga

Susan Andrews, president, Pensions Management Institute

Jane Beverley, head of research, Punter Southall

Adrian Boulding, pensions strategy director, Legal & General

John Broker, director, ITM

Richard Butcher, managing director, PTL

Jane Curtis, Immediate Past President of the Institute and Faculty of  Actuaries

Steve Delo, chief executive of Pan Governance LLP and chairman of  Moorlands Human Capital

Andrew Dickson, Investment Director for UK Institutional Business, Standard  Life Investments

Emma Douglas, partner, Mercer

Stella Eastwood, group pension director, Centrica

Robin Ellison, head of strategic development for pensions, Pinsent Masons

Mark Fawcett, chief investment officer, National Employment Savings Trust

Bill Galvin, chief executive, The Pensions Regulator

Rob Gardner, co-chief executive officer, Redington

Steve Herbert, Jelf Employee Benefits

Celine Hickey, solicitor, Pure Pensions Legal

Catherine Howarth, chief executive officer, Fairpensions

Mark Hyde Harrison, chairman, National Association of Pension Funds

Michael Johnson, research fellow, Centre for Policy Studies

Tim Jones, chief executive, National Employment Savings Trust

Simon Kew, director, Jackal

Jennie Kreser, pensions partner, Silverman Sherliker

Joanne Livingstone, director of technical services, Punter Southall

Vince Linnane, chief executive, Pensions Management Institute

Zoe Lynch, partner, Sackers

Chris Martin, managing director, Independent Trustee Services

Ray Martin, head of pensions and benefits, Royal Bank of Scotland

Peter Matthews from Jelf Employee Benefits

Roger Mattingly, president, Society of Pension Consultants

Malcolm McLean, consultant, Barnett Waddingham

Gregg McClymont, shadow pensions minister

Catherine McKenna, partner, Squire Sanders

Tom McPhail, head of pensions research, Hargreaves Lansdown

Paul Metcalf, partner, Lane Clark & Peacock

Alan Millward, Corporate Benefits Director, Jelf Employee Benefits

Raj Mody, head of pensions group, PwC

James Mullins, partner, Hymans Robertson

Morten Nilsson, chief executive officer, NOW:Pensions

Michael O’Higgins, chairman, The Pensions Regulator

Keeley Paddon, pensions technician at Simply Biz

Julie Parker-Welch, pensions strategy specialist, Marks & Spencer

Marta Phillips, chief executive, The Pensions Advisory Service

Alan Rubenstein, chief executive, Pension Protection Fund

John Russell-Murphy, director, Grosvenor Park Intelligent Investments

Joanne Segars, chief executive, National Association of Pension Funds

Sarah Smart, Chair of The Pensions Trust

Margaret Snowden, chairman at Monitoring Board for Incentive Exercises

Henry Tapper, director, First Actuarial

Wendy Taylor, HR Director at Wm Morrison Supermarkets

Andrew Vaughan, partner, Barnett Waddingham

Adrian Waddingham, founding partner, Barnett Waddingham

Emma Watkins, head of buy-out business development, LCP

Anne-Marie Winton, partner, Nabarro

Steve Webb, pensions minister

Kevin Wesbroom, principle consultant, Aon Hewitt

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Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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5 Responses to Pensions personality – the oxymoron is back!

  1. Henry, according to Professional Pensions, the cut-off date was 16th January. Has this deadline been extended now?

  2. Mike Atkin says:

    Hope so Christopher – this John Smith must be some guy if Henry is recommending him 🙂

  3. henry tapper says:

    The voting cut-off to get to the long-list was 16th January, the shortlist is created from voting on this long list and is 15th Feb with the final judgement on the night (unless they put in another round as they did a couple of years ago!)

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