About the Scottish Firefighters’ Pension Board

Pension boards for the schemes administered by SPPA were established in 2015. The boards have equal numbers of employer representatives and member representatives and can also appoint independent experts.

A pension board member’s role is to assist the scheme manager in securing compliance with the scheme regulations and the requirements set by The Pension Regulator.

Board members must have knowledge and understanding of relevant pensions law and a working knowledge of scheme regulations and relevant documentation. They also have a duty to act in accordance with scheme regulations and other governing legislation and must satisfy SPPA that no conflicts of interest exist either before or during their board membership.

The board normally meets four times a year. The board has one independent Chair, one independent Vice Chair, three employer-nominated representatives and three member-nominated representatives. SPPA’s Chief Executive (or a delegated representative) also attends board meetings in a reporting capacity.

The Scottish Firefighters’ Pension Scheme 2015 regulations reflect the Pension Board governance arrangements.

Scottish Firefighters’ Pension Board members

William Littleboy, Independent Chair

William became the Independent Chair of the Firefighters Pension Board in 2018 following an extensive career in financial services in the UK and Europe. He spent over 20 years in corporate banking and more than 15 years in investment management specialising in technology, operations and risk.

William was Chief Operating Officer and then Chief Risk Officer at Standard Life Investments and, as an adopted Scot, has enjoyed living in Edinburgh since 2002.

Catherine Skinner, Independent Vice Chair

Catherine previously held the role of Principal Analyst within Fire Constabulary, followed by secondment to Scottish Government Justice Department Community Safety Unit.  She currently holds a corporate management role within the Church of Scotland and recent work has included the management of changing staff pensions from Defined Benefit to Defined Contribution schemes.  Catherine has also been involved in the review of staff Terms and Conditions.

Denise Christie, member representative

Denise is an experienced Firefighter (with a Diploma in Specialist Rescue and Incident Management from Coventry University) and trade union official. She is a Regional Secretary of the Fire Brigade Union and frequently negotiates on industrial issues, including terms and conditions for FBU members in Scotland.

Brian Cameron, member representative

Brian is currently the Scottish Regional Chair of the Fire Brigade Union.

Alexander Miller, member representative

I am a retired Firefighter and Trade Union Official. As the lead official of the Fire brigades Union for Strathclyde Fire and Rescue I was proactive in negotiating member’s conditions of Service and dealing with other employment matters. During my tenure as the Scottish Equality officer for the Fire Brigades Union I was fortunate to be the recipient of the STUC One workplace equality award for work I carried out on behalf of female fire-fighters to enhance their working conditions of service.

Stephen Wright, employer representative

Stephen works in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Human Resources and Organisational Development Directorate and is responsible for workforce planning, resourcing and succession planning arrangements. In addition to this, Stephen has spent over 20 years in the fire service working for both Strathclyde Fire & Rescue and the SFRS.

David McGown, employer representative

David is currently Deputy Chief Officer, and Director, within the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, with responsibility for Service Delivery and Service Transformation.

David has served with the fire and rescue service for 32 years, joining the former Central Scotland Fire & Rescue Service in 1987.  He worked at various stations in operational roles before taking up more senior positions in Training, Operations and Civil Contingencies, and ultimately as Director of Service Delivery.

He undertook the role of Head of Training and Employee Development within the SFRS in 2013 before moving to the Prevention and Protection Directorate as Deputy Assistant Chief Officer, and then as Assistant Chief Officer.

Alan Duncan, employer representative

Alan Duncan is the Accounting Manager for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service with over 17 years' experience as an accountant in the public sector. His primary role is to ensure the annual accounts are accurate, on time, free from material misstatement and receive an unqualified audit opinion. Alan is constantly involved in the monitoring and forecasting of Firefighter Pensions budgets, authorising and reconciling monthly pensions and lump sum payments and liaising with Pension Funds to gather the information required for the preparation of the annual accounts.

Related documents

Scottish Firefighters' Pension Board Terms of Reference

Further Reading

Firefighters' Pension Board Annual Report 2017-18

Firefighters' Pension Board Annual Report 2016-17

Please contact us if you wish access to previous reports.

Minutes and Agenda's

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 19 February 2019

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 19 February 2019

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 4 December 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 4 December 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 28 August 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 28 August 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 1 May 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 1 May 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 6 March 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 6 March 2018

Firefighters Pension Board Agenda 28 November 2017

Firefighters Pension Board Minutes 28 November 2017

Please contact us if you wish to access previous years minutes.

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