The Chief Executive is assisted in their responsibilities by a Management Advisory Board. 

The Board is in place to:

  • assist the SPPA in the strategic planning and delivery of its functions and to offer advice, scrutiny and constructive challenge to the Chief Executive and Executive Team; 
  • seek to improve performance;
  • promote good governance;
  • Identify and manage risk

The Board consists of a chair and seven Board Members:

Mark Adderley

Mark Adderley is an experienced people and transformation director, and now non-executive director, coach and consultant. After 20 years at the top of organisations, Mark now advises leaders on facilitating change.

Mark worked on the RBS/Nat West acquisition and integration and then went to Scottish Water as Director of HR, Transformation and Business Services, after some time as CEO of the National Trust for Scotland, Mark moved into the NHS and then Heriot-Watt University as HR and OD Director, in the latter role leading on people issues across the globe.

Mark has a Passion for enabling people be the best they can be, and is now studying for a Doctorate (DBA) in 'changing leaders in changing times’, and how new leaders can accelerate change. After 15 years as an HR Director, Mark has a good understanding of the importance of pensions to individuals and organisations. He is fellow of the IOD and CIPD, and has outside interests in equality, squash and his own family of 4 girls and various animals.

Ian Forbes

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has considerable financial services experience gained across investment management, life insurance and banking sectors.

Ian has worked in Internal Audit, Risk Management and held financial leadership roles across the UK, Europe, US and in India where developed the finance team for Standard Life's joint venture insurer.

Ian was the Head of Financial Management at Standard Life Bank and subsequently the Head of Finance for Standard Life's Group Operations division where he introduced Finance Business Partnering. Latterly, Ian was a Senior Manager in Lloyd's Banking Group's Insurance division where he developed risk and financial processes and reporting in anticipation of Solvency 2 legislation.

At Standard Life, Ian was a Board member of Standard Life Employee Services Limited (the staff and pensions entity).

Helen Mackenzie

Helen Mackenzie MCIPS IPFA has been a senior leader in the UK public procurement for nearly a decade. She has authored a number of publications about procurement and published many articles on line.

Helen is currently the Principal Advisor for Procurious, the international on-line community for procurement and supply chain where she leads on webinars, podcasts and the UK Chief Procurement Officer Roundtable programme. Helen’s teams have demonstrated award winning performance at Scottish and UK level. Helen has received international recognition for her pioneering work combining public procurement with community empowerment. Helen contributes to the development of procurement policy and thinking across the world. She chairs the Procurious Scottish CPO Roundtable.

Helen is the non-executive chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency and serves on the Management Advisory Board. She is also an external trustee and audit committee chair of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, one of the leading student union charities in the UK.

Jane Malcolm

Jane is Executive Director, External and Corporate Affairs at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Prior to joining the SRA in 2014, she held a series of roles at the General Medical Council, including Assistant Director to the Chief Executive, Assistant Director in Fitness to Practise and responsibility for the work of the GMC in the devolved administrations. Before then, Jane led UK and European policy development at the Federation of Small Businesses. Jane is a Council member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland, sits on the Scottish Public Pensions Agency Management Advisory Board and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Norman McNeil

Norman is an IT professional with over thirty years’ experience in the utility industry before taking early retirement in December 2018. In his last role he was responsible for Scottish Power’s IT finance, contracts, governance, risk, audit and security, but he brings broad experience across all aspects of IT delivery. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

In addition, Norman has been a member-nominated Trustee Director of the Scottish Power Pension Scheme for over eighteen years and has successfully completed The Pensions Regulator Trustee Toolkit. As such, he brings extensive knowledge and experience of both defined-benefit pensions provision and the broader UK pensions governance and regulatory regime.

Clare Scott

Clare has worked in the pensions industry for over 30 years. She is a Board member at the London Pensions Fund Authority and is also an independent adviser to a number of public sector pension funds.

A large part of her career was spent at Lothian Pension Fund, the local government pension fund in Edinburgh, and includes 5 years as its Chief Executive. Prior to that she worked as an investment consultant.

She lives in East Lothian, enjoys gardening and is involved in a number of local community organisations.

Elaine Cameron

Elaine Cameron is Chief Executive of Refugee Survival Trust, a Scottish charity, and the treasure of Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre. Elaine previously held a non-executive director position with an NHS board. Elaine has been working in the voluntary sector for over a decade. Previously working in finance in private business, Elaine’s move to the voluntary sector was motivated by her ethics and values.

Committed to equality and inclusion, Elaine has championed the Living Wage, as well as other initiatives to support and advance the opportunities open to vulnerable and marginalised groups. Elaine firmly believes that people are every organisation’s greatest asset.

Guidance, terms and policies for board members are available in Corporate Governance Policies.

The Board is the main strategic decision making body and the reports of the meetings are available below:

Meeting Minutes





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