Tag Archives: Helen Dean

The pernicious effect of NEST’s market distortion

Yesterday I wrote about the unsatisfactory outcome of an industry discussion with NEST. The PLSA debate on mastertrusts at their annual conference failed to properly engage with NEST’s ongoing role in the UK pensions market and the ambiguity of its … Continue reading

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Wake up to the PPF!

  It was good to oversleep and wake up not to the lark (metaphorical here in EC4), but to Alan Rubenstein purring about his Pension Protection Fund. Pension Protection Fund figures published yesterday show the lifeboat scheme has £4.1bn surplus and … Continue reading

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NEST takes the strain.

NEST have something to shout about and it’s not news. Like good background music, they’ve succeeded in being there but not getting noticed. They’ve gone about their business over the last three months increasing their participating employers from 40 to … Continue reading

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Take TPAS’ women in pensions 2016 survey!

The Pension Advisory each year gauge the changing relationship between women and pensions. This year’s survey is released today. Today is the day when women take the agenda back from men on pensions. Black: It is important to try and … Continue reading

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Is NEST “preaching from the pulpit with its trousers round its ankles”?

Is NEST preaching from the pulpit with its trousers round its ankles? Continue reading

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Problems? Is AE technology an end or a means?

It’s something of a joke in the Pension PlayPen that if anyone is going to break our systems and processes , it will be the Pension Plowman. I have an uncanny knack of finding weaknesses on our development site and … Continue reading

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NOW – that’s what I call a puzzler!

NOW Pension’s decision to charge new customers £40pm from October has not gone down well with supporting intermediaries. One grumpy accountant commented  We have one client already signed up with Now and about to stage in two weeks. As I … Continue reading

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“Another girl- another Planet” – the wonderful world of NEST

Helen Dean, the new CEO of NEST has set out her stall in the pages of Professional Pensions. Much of what she says is intelligent and helpful Helping .. small and micro employers means seeing AE through their eyes. Instead of … Continue reading

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NEST report and accounts; £400m and counting

The publication of NEST’s 2015 report and accounts yesterday has some good news and some not such good news. The good news is that nothing seriously went wrong last year, there are now some 14,000 employers using NEST for all … Continue reading

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Helen Dean – the right person for the NEST top job.

Helen Dean’s appointment as the new CEO of NEST , seems to have been greeted with a stifled yawn by the Pensions Press. Helen has the lowest of profiles, no social media presence, hardly a speaking engagement and a declaration … Continue reading

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