Laura Chappell

Laura joined People’s Partnership in June 2023 as a Non-Executive Director. She is a prominent pensions industry figure and is currently Chief Executive of Brunel Pension Partnership.

Having worked within institutional fund management for much of her career including, Barclays Global Investors (now BlackRock), M&G, Schroders and Brewin Dolphin, Laura has a passion for seeing responsible and sustainable investing in action and has a deep-rooted commitment to pension fund members.

Laura’s vision is to deliver sustainable futures for ourselves and generations to come and to empower members of the asset owner and asset manager communities to pursue a more sustainable and responsible approach to savings and investments for the good of all pension fund members.

Dean Lamble

Dean joined People’s Partnership on 1 September 2022 as a Non-Executive Director.  Dean is a Non-Executive Director of B&CE Insurance Limited and People’s Administration Services Limited.  Dean also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Until recently Dean was Chief Executive Officer and Board member of SunLife Insurance where he led a significant transformation of the business repositioning the strategy, refreshing the brand, building a top-class management team, and driving a high-performance culture. Dean focussed the business on the customer – driving a digital first operating model with deep capability across analytics and direct marketing leading to an increase in customer satisfaction, over 1 million new to brand customers and significant earnings growth.

Dean is currently CEO of Pure Cremation, a private equity backed disruptor in the later life and funeral sector.

Jim Islam

Jim is Chair of People’s Partnership Limited, our strategic board, having previously served as a Non-Executive Director for the Group. Jim is also Chair of the of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Jim is an actuary with extensive board level leadership experience in insurance, investment management, and life and pensions sectors. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, USA, and a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Jim has held senior finance and general management roles at Lloyd’s of London and Legal & General Group. In his various Managing Director and Finance Director roles covering UK and global businesses, he developed and transformed market leading businesses, including Legal & General’s auto-enrolment pensions business.

Jim is also an RNLI Trustee, the charity that saves lives at sea as well as serving on the Board of OneFamily.

Rupert Perkins

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employer Groups.

Rupert is the Managing Director of John Perkins Construction, an award-winning construction company based in Bristol and Newport. The business was named Building Contractor of the Year in England (turnover under £15m) at the 2020 Construction Awards of Excellence.

Rupert has held a variety of external board-level positions for organisations, including the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the National Federation of Builders, the South West Builders Federation, and the Building Safety Group. He is also part of the Construction Industry Training Board Industry Funding Committee.

Jim McKinnon

Jim is also a member of Group Audit & Risk Committee.

Jim McKinnon brings a wealth of information technology & business experience to the Board having spent more than 40 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co, most recently in the role of Chief Information Officer, based in Ohio, USA.

Jim has also held various Senior Finance & IT roles within the Goodyear UK organisation, all of which included extended European management responsibility.

Since returning to the UK, Jim has undertaken a number of roles including Trustee & Director at Compton Care Group Ltd as well as a voluntary business mentor with The Prince’s Trust.

John Allott

Non-Executive Director representing Construction Industry Employee Groups. John also serves on our Group Audit & Risk Committee and Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

John was appointed National Officer for Unite the Union in 2022. As National Officer he covered Construction, local authorities and MOD, Government departments. He led these Industrial Sectors on representation, lobbying and national negotiations on behalf of Unite members covering pay and pensions.

John has extensive Board experience. He has chaired the Joint Industry for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services for England and Wales He has served on the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). He is currently a Board member of JTL training Limited and the Construction Skills Certification Scheme Limited and a Trustee of Plumbing Pensions UK.

Veronica Oak

Veronica joined People’s Partnership on 1 April 2022 and is also Chair of the administration board, People’s Administration Services Limited.

Veronica brings a wealth of experience gained within the financial services sector. She has spent over 20 years as an independent marketing and business development consultant helping companies develop their strategy, new products, and services for their customers.

Veronica has held a number of non-executive director positions, including two with mutual organisations (OneFamily and The Hanley Economic Building Society), and has also served on the boards of Chesnara plc and Sanlam in the UK and a trade body that represents the interests of life assurance and investment providers.

Ciarán Barr

As well as serving on our strategic board, Ciarán is Chair of People’s Investments Limited and a member of the Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Ciarán is an investment professional with over 25 years’ experience in financial markets across fund management, strategy and economics, including a transformational leadership role at the Railways Pension Scheme, one of the UK’s largest and most complex schemes.

Ciarán is currently a Board member at LGPS Central, a Board member of the Railway Benefit Fund and a Director and Finance & Audit Committee Chair at Studio Wayne McGregor Ltd. He was previously a member of the Scottish Widows Independent Governance Committee.

Kyla Farmer

Non-Executive Director representing the Construction Industry Employer Groups. Kyla is also a member of Remuneration & Nominations Committee.

Kyla has over 20 years’ experience working in HR and People Functional leadership roles across several different industries, including travel, hospitality, construction, engineering and telecommunications.

She has worked for large PLC organisations as well as owner operated, and private equity backed, SME’s. She is passionate about how employers can have a positive impact on their employees, and how creating a great place to work enables both the business and the team to thrive. She is currently Chief People Officer at Indigo, a digital engineering business.

Kyla has a deep understanding of what motivates and challenges employers and champions clear and simple products for employees. She brings all of this expertise into her role at the People’s Partnership.

Pat Billingham

Pat is Chair of the Group Audit & Risk Committee and B&CE Insurance Limited. Pat is also a Non-Executive Director of People’s Administration Services Limited and Senior Independent Director.

Pat is an experienced non-executive director and has spent over 10 years building a portfolio which includes roles as a Board member, Audit and Risk Committee Chair and Board Chair. Pat has also been the Board Conduct Risk Champion in an insurance business and an Independent NED with responsibility for Culture. Pat is a Non-Executive Director at Hamilton Group Limited, an insurance business which includes a Lloyd’s Syndicate and an Irish subsidiary, where she is Chair of the Risk and Remuneration Committees, Senior Independent Director, as well as a Board member.

Pat’s Executive career was as a tax specialist, both as an Inspector of Taxes and a subsequent career as a tax partner at EY, one of the global Big 4 accounting and professional services firms, where she gained experienced advising international businesses and working with colleagues from across the global reach of the firm.

Her Board career has spanned a number of sectors, including financial services, a listed business in the healthcare sector and the social housing sector. Pat has strong financial services credentials with a familiarity and understanding of regulated businesses and the governance associated with regulation. Pat acts as a coach and mentor and has a strong commitment to improving diversity.