About the Scottish Firefighters’ Pension Board

Pension boards for the schemes administered by SPPA were established in 2015. We have four Pension Boards covering our Police, Firefighters, NHS and Teachers Schemes.

The boards have equal number of employer representatives and member representatives and are each led by an Independent Chair and Independent Vice-Chair.

Pension Boards are responsible for assisting the Scheme Manager with the governance and administration of the Scheme. This includes ensuring compliance with the Scheme regulations, and any other relevant legislation and requirements as set out by The Pensions Regulator (TPR) in relation to the Scheme.

Every individual who is a member of the Pension Board must be conversant with the rules of the Schemes; in other words the Regulations and other legislation governing the Schemes; and have knowledge and understanding of the law relating to pensions. The Pension Boards meet four times a year.

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.

Andy Marchant, Vice Chair

 

John McKenzie, member representative

John has been an operational Firefighter since 2005, alongside holding a variety of remits within the Fire Brigades Union for the last decade. He is currently the East of Scotland Area Secretary for the FBU, a position which he has held since 2017, which involves negotiating on behalf of and representing members on a range of industrial issues. He has a keen interest in all four occupational uniform pension schemes which fall under the remit of the Scottish Firefighters Pension Board.

Gus Sproul, member representative

Gus joined the Fire and Rescue Service in 2000, and became an operational Crew Manager in 2010.  In 2016 he took on a role within the Fire Brigades Union and since that time has held a variety of remits within the union.  He is currently the Scottish Regional Chair, having previously held the role of East of Scotland Area Chair for almost three years.  His remit as Regional Chair involves negotiating on behalf of and representing members on a broad range of industrial issues, many of which directly impact upon the occupational uniform pension schemes which fall under the remit of the Scottish Firefighters Pension Board.

Scott McCabe, member representative

Scott joined the then Fife Fire and Rescue Service in 1993, serving as an operational firefighter and Brigade level official for the Fire Brigades Union for 23 years.  Within Fife F&RS he was responsible for representing over 600 FBU members and for overseeing all aspects of their terms and conditions, including pensions.  Towards the end of his career in the Fire Service he also operated at a national level for the FBU in Scotland, playing a role in the creation of the current structures that the FBU still use in Scotland today.

He subsequently left the Service to take on his current role as the Curriculum Head of the Trade Union Congress education centre at City of Glasgow College, where he is now responsible for the delivery of TUC and affiliated trade union courses across Scotland.  In this role his responsibilities include course design and creation, liaising with stakeholders and facilitating the needs of the trade union movement.  

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.

Ross Haggart, employer representative

As the Deputy Chief Officer for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, I am responsible for the delivery of our services across Scotland, which includes overseeing the work of uniformed colleagues across our 356 community fire stations. In addition, I am a member of the Service’s Strategic Leadership Team, which supports the Chief Officer in setting the organisation’s strategic direction.

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.

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