PLSA appoints Emma Douglas as new policy board chair

PLSA appoints Emma Douglas as new policy board chair

Emma Douglas, head of defined contribution at Legal & General Investment Management, has been appointed as chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) new policy board.

From the autumn and under the leadership of Douglas (pictured), the policy board will take strategic oversight of the PLSA’s policy work programme across its membership, making sure it supports the association’s purpose and vision to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement.

The creation of a PLSA policy board was proposed at the association’s annual conference in October 2017 and has since undergone consultation.

With a career that spans more than 20 years in the pensions and investment management industries, Douglas is also chair of the PLSA’s existing master trust committee and sits on the association’s defined contribution council.

Now at Legal & General Investment Management, Douglas has also held roles at Mercer, BlackRock and Threadneedle Investments over the course of her career.

As part of her new role, Douglas will represent the PLSA’s membership in policy making and provide leadership in bringing a diverse range of members together behind common policy goals.

Commenting on her appointment, Richard Butcher, chair of the PLSA, said: “I am delighted to announce Emma as chair of our new policy board. Throughout this process we have been looking for someone who can represent our broad membership and who is dedicated to helping improve retirement outcomes, and Emma certainly fits the bill.”

“Having someone with Emma’s extensive experience take forward this important position will help keep us at the forefront of pensions policy within Whitehall and Westminster. I look forward to working closely with her in her new role.”

Douglas added: “I am very proud to be appointed as chair of the PLSA’s new policy board. The PLSA is a leading voice within the pensions industry that is well known for its robust and far-reaching policy work. I intend to use my new role to build on these foundations and ensure that we continue to stay ahead on policy issues and shape the pensions landscape to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement.”

The search for the remaining members of the policy board will begin in the coming weeks and the PLSA will be looking for members who can represent all areas of its broad membership and deliver its ongoing policy agenda.

The association will ask its members to approve the appointment of Douglas, as well as the appointments of other policy board members, at the PLSA Annual General Meeting in October.

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