People’s Investments Limited Board1, the company that oversees the investments operation of B&CE2, the leading pensions provider, has made two new key appointments.

Mark Walker and Dawn Turner have been appointed to the five-person Board, which is responsible for independent oversight of around £18bn in investments for all entities within the B&CE Group, the provider of The People’s Pension.

Dawn is an independent advisor and non-e­­xecutive with expertise in responsible investment, sustainable finance and environmental, social and governance risks. Her other independent and advisory roles include renewable energy, social housing, pension investments as well as being the independent Chair of the Gwent Police Joint Audit Committee.

She was the former Chief Executive of the £30 billion investment management company, Brunel Pension Partnership Ltd, and was previously the Chief Pensions Officer for the Environment Agency Pension Fund. That represented the culmination of a 40-year executive career in the financial services and investment industry spanning across utilities, fashion, retail, manufacturing, leisure and environment sectors.

Mark is Chief Investment Officer of Coal Pension Trustees Services (CPT), the in-house executive responsible for the £22bn of investments of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.

Mark was previously Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer of the Univest Company, Unilever’s internal investment group. He has also been a partner at Mercer and was head of the London Investment Consulting Unit.

Dawn said: “As an advocate of better futures for everybody, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and ensuring that B&CE’s millions of members continue to receive an exemplary service.”

Mark said: “I am delighted to be joining the People’s Investments Limited Board, which plays a vital role in the ongoing success of B&CE and its flagship product, The People’s Pension.”

Jon Cunliffe, Managing Director, Investments of B&CE, said: “Millions of people have put trust in B&CE to invest their savings through our range of products, which means it’s essential that they know their money is well looked after. The appointment of Dawn and Mark, who have so much knowledge and experience between them, is tremendous news for both People’s Investments Limited and our members.”

Ciarán Barr, Chair of People’s Investments Limited, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Dawn and Mark to the Board. Their extensive experience of investment and pensions, along with that of the existing Board members, will be invaluable in supporting our members now and into the future.”

Dawn and Mark will join the existing board of Ciarán Barr, Chair, and other independent non-executive Board members Jez Bezant and Chris Cheetham.


Notes to editors

  1. The primary functions of the People’s Investments Limited Board are to oversee B&CE’s Investment activities on behalf of the group and its Trustee boards.
  2. B&CE is a not-for-profit organisation, which provides The People’s Pension, a leading workplace pension scheme, serving nearly six million pension savers across the UK. With no shareholders, it uses its profits to help people build financial foundations for life.