About the NHS (Scotland) Pension Board
Pension boards for the schemes administered by SPPA were established in 2015. Each has an equal number of employer representatives and member representatives. They may also include 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, four employer-nominated representatives and four member-nominated representatives. SPPA’s Chief Executive (or a delegated representative) also attends board meetings in a reporting capacity.
The Scottish NHS Pension Scheme 2015 regulations reflect the Pension Board governance arrangements.
NHS (Scotland) Pension Board members
Brian Barbour, Independent Chair
Brian Barbour is an experienced Pension Trustee. He’s been a board member of the Standard Life Staff Pension Scheme for over eight years and is also a trustee of the Standard Life Excepted Life Group Assurance Scheme.
Brian has significant experience in technology and cyber security and was previously Chief Information Security Officer at Standard Life as well as holding roles in IT and group risk. He also spent 20 years with IBM in software and quality assurance roles and served as a member of the Scottish Police Authority from its inception until 2015 and chaired its Audit and Risk Committee for three years.
Mark Cook, Independent Vice Chair
Raised in the North East of Scotland Mark is a Biochemistry graduate of Aberdeen University with postgraduate MBA from Edinburgh Business School.
Mark has spent 25 years in roles within the health sector including biologicals/pharmaceuticals, medical technology and consultancy. His current role includes determining the direction in areas such as strategy, government relations policy plus working specifically on the implications of BREXIT for the UK and individually within the devolved nations, as well as issues surrounding regulation and trade.
Mark is currently Chair of a defined benefit pension scheme in the private sector and has been on the pension board for the past 7 years
In addition, Mark is active in industry trade bodies including ABHI, MedTech Europe, ADVAMED and has published on healthcare resource utilisation in areas such as diabetes, hypertension and heart failure.
In February 2018 Mark joined the Life Sciences Industrial Leadership Group in Scotland and continues to support decision making for non-medicine technologies through membership of the Scottish Health Technology Group.
Married with 3 adult children in his spare time Mark enjoys mountain biking, archery & travel.
Tom Wilson, member representative
I have been an employee of NHS Lanarkshire for the past 33 years.
I have been a steward with the RCN in Lanarkshire for 15 years, which includes a period of 18 months as an officer.
I have also held a variety of Governance and Partnership roles both locally in NHS Lanarkshire, Nationally and within the RCN in Scotland.
These include 10 years on RCN Scottish Board, currently I am the Chair person. I am the National Staff Side lead for volunteering in NHS Scotland. Within Lanarkshire I am the NHSL Staff Side Chair for the South IJB, former chair of the HRF and a member of the Joint Policy Forum. I am also the staff side lead for Job Evaluation in Lanarkshire.
Graeme Eunson, member representative
Elected representative of BMA at both Scottish and UK level for 20 years. Deputy to BMA pensions committee for 5 years.
Actively involved in lobbying on pensions at both Scottish and UK level for last 2 years, including meetings at Scottish and UK Parliaments around NHS Pension scheme, scheme financing and pensions taxation.
Gordon McKay, member representative
Gordon McKay is a Charge Nurse, and has been an elected member of UNISON's National Executive since 2009. He’s been a member of various NHS Strategic Partnership bodies in Scotland, such as Workforce and Governance Committee, Terms and Conditions Committee and Pensions Group. He’s also involved in a number of local groups sits on various boards.
David McColl, member representative
Kay Sandlilands, employer representative
Craig Black, employer representative
Claire Pullar, employer representative
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