About the Scottish Police Pension Board
Pension boards for SPPA-administered schemes were established in 2015. Employers and scheme members are represented equally and the board may also have 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 Police Pension Scheme 2015 regulations reflect the Pension Board governance arrangements.
Scottish Police Pension Board members
Independent Chair - Vacant
Jennifer Adams, Independent Vice Chair
Jennifer is an experienced pensions lawyer, independent trustee and pension scheme secretary having spent over 20 years working in the pensions industry.
Jennifer spent five years working as legal director of a leading financial services organisation before moving to private practice and focusing on pension scheme governance, providing advice and support to both trustee boards and employers to help them effectively and efficiently fulfil their legal obligations in relation to pensions.
Having been Vice Chair of the Scottish Teachers' Pension Board for three years, Jennifer has a good understanding and first hand-experience of the contribution the Pension Board will make to the governance of the Police Pension scheme in Scotland.
Andrew Barker, member representative
Having spent 32 years in the police service (with four years as Chair of the Scottish Chief Police Officers Staff Association) Andrew Barker has developed a keen interest in police pensions. Following his retirement as Chief Constable of Fife Constabulary in 2013, he was retained by Chief Officers within Police Scotland as General Secretary of SCPOSA.
In each of these roles, he was and is currently closely involved in the formation and development of regulations relating to Chief Officers in association with the Scottish Government and Scottish Police Authority. He has had a close involvement in all matters relating to the conditions of service of police officers of all ranks, including pensions. He’s also been a member of the Staff Side of the Police Negotiating Board since 2009 and has carried this role to the newly formed Scottish Police Negotiating Board and Scottish Police Consultative Forum, where he represents Chief Officers. Andrew was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2013 New Year's Honours List.
David Hamilton, member representative
David Hamilton is a Sergeant in the Police Service of Scotland, and Chair of North Area Committee and Sergeants' Central Committee of the Scottish Police Federation. He has been a member of the Scottish Police Federation Joint Central Committee (management body) for four years and a member of PNB Staff Side for nearly 18 months.
As a member of the 1987 Police Pension Scheme (and CARE scheme as of April 2015), he has a good understanding of the issues, challenges, expectations and conflicts that exist in managing the Scottish Police pension schemes. He also has a good knowledge of the new pension scheme and has actively tracked its progress from scheme design to draft legislation. David has been on many project boards delivering reform and improved service delivery and has a thorough understanding and appreciation of governance and risk.
David Ross, member representative
David was a serving police officer for 32 years in the Northern Constabulary and then Police Service of Scotland, retiring in 2014.
He is former Vice Chair of the Scottish Police Federation with whom he was a full-time office bearer for over 10 years, he is currently employed by the Scottish Police Federation as its Policy and Coordination Officer. Through these roles he has a good knowledge and understanding of all the Police Pension Schemes.
He has a good understanding of Scheme Governance and is aware of the associated challenges and conflicts. His primary focus as a Board Member is the protection of member/retired member benefits and the accuracy of information provided to them and their understanding of it.
Sharon Dalli, employer representative
Sharon Dalli is a Pensions Manager with Police Scotland. She’s an Associate of the Pensions Management Institute and has been involved in the pensions' industry for over 25 years, which has provided her with a range of technical and operational expertise including over nine years’ direct involvement in Police Pensions’ administration and matters relating to policy and compliance, at local and national levels.
Sharon chairs the UK Police Pensions Technical Working Group in conjunction with the Home Office, sharing experience with colleagues in forces in England and Wales. Having sat as a member of the Consultative Panel for Lothian Pension Fund for the last two years, and being involved in the PNB SSC PWG, she has had involvement with pension committees and has responsibility for presenting on pension matters for the organisation at committee meetings of the Scottish Police Authority. Sharon has been involved in the implementation of changes in the police pension schemes in both 2006 and 2015, and tax changes since 2006, which have had implications for police officers pensions'.
In previous roles, she has managed implementation of pension services for external clients, provided services to Trustees, and managed teams responsible for pensions service delivery, client management and within consultancy. Sharon also led the recent project for the organisation to transfer the pension administration to SPPA from legacy forces.
David Christie, employer representative
David is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) with over 30 years of experience in the public sector, predominantly in the NHS, education and local government sectors. For the past 10 years, David has specialised in statutory reporting and as part of this overall responsibility, he has worked closely with auditors and actuarial advisors to ensure accurate and full employee benefit reporting and disclosure, including pension scheme details. This period also covered detailed work on the adoption of International Accounting Standard 19 (IAS19) by public sector bodies which led to the inclusion of pension liabilities within published core financial statements along with supporting notes.
David has provided support to a range of Audit Committees and Boards of Management during his career, and currently works closely with Police Scotland colleagues to ensure accurate records and forecasts on pension costs and funding. This also involves regular updates and discussion with Scottish Government officers to advise and discuss levels and trends for these areas
Darren Paterson, employer representative
Please contact us if you wish to access previous reports.
Minutes and agenda's
Please contact us if you wish to access previous years minutes.