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020 7499 6424

72 Welbeck Street
London
W1G 0AY

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0131 240 3900

10 Melville Crescent
Edinburgh,
EH3 7LU

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+441481 815 555

1st Floor Royal Chambers,
St Julian’s Avenue, St. Peter Port, Guernsey
GY1 2HH

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01329 552 111

The Long Barn, Dean Estate
Wickham Road, Fareham
PO17 5BN

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+441534 715 555

First Floor Liberation House
Castle Street, St. Helier, Jersey
JE2 3AT

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01926 351 051

36 Hamilton Terrace
Leamington Spa,
CV32 4LY

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01618 614 110

10th Floor, No 1 Marsden Street
Manchester
M2 1HW

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01823 217 084

4 Heron Gate
Hankridge Way, Taunton
TA1 2LR

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01892 554 900

2 Mount Ephraim Road
Tunbridge Wells Kent
TN1 1EE

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01904 234 820

Howard House
3 St Mary’s Court,
Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AH

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Governance and communication

The Pensions Regulator has made it extremely clear that employers need to understand their key responsibilities and act accordingly, and one key aspect of this is that you must protect your workers. This means complying with the new employee safeguards and adhering to the new rules around the information you must provide to your workforce.

In essence the role employers must undertake is akin to Trusteeship. Governance means you must review your pension scheme, monitor new developments, identify potential areas of risk and have regular trustee/governance meetings. You will then need to report back to the pension scheme members and undertake any communications deemed necessary by the Governance Committee.

In reality, the on-going auto-enrolment processes and governance are about compliance, and as always with compliance comes risk. In order to help you mitigate this risk, we have created a Governance service that will help you establish internal controls and improve your risk management procedures.

To help you do this, we will:

  • Advise you on the make up and regularity of the Governance Committee (At least annually)
  • Attend and, if requested, lead your Governance Committee meetings
  • Provide legislative updates and suggestions regarding market developments to ensure your scheme remains appropriate and relevant to your workforce
  • Thoroughly review the pension and any other benefit schemes provided to ensure they contribute towards the achievement of your business objectives

We will work with your pension provider to produce the data needed to analyse and assess your scheme, and produce a risk review report, which will include:

  • A profile of your scheme, including opt out and opt in rates, contribution levels, member change statistics and fund choices
  • Insurer and scheme suitability, service standards and pricing
  • Default fund reporting, an analysis and review of your default fund including suitability, performance and our recommendation
  • Changes in legislation and advice thereon
  • Production of the statutory report to members to ensure ongoing member understanding and engagement.
  • Production of the Governance Committee meeting minutes

Our service is a fixed fee service, which is based on one annual governance meeting and all of the above-mentioned elements. From instruction we require a minimum of four weeks to prepare for the meeting and will produce a report to members and minutes of the meeting within two weeks of it taking place.

Contact us

For further information, please contact eb@brooksmacdonald.com.

Brooks Macdonald Financial Consulting Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Registered in England No 2621847. Registered Office: 72 Welbeck Street, London W1G 0AY.

Key contacts

Nicola Bacchus

Client Relationship Director, Employee Benefits, London

Nicola joined Brooks Macdonald in 2015, she holds the position of client relationship director, employee benefits. Nicola is responsible for leading the employee benefits client relationship management team.

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Nicola worked at Standard Life, Vebnet and Wordplay. She has over 25 years’ experience in financial services.

Nicola holds a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Adam Bexson

Client Relationship Manager, Employee Benefits, London

Adam joined Brooks Macdonald in 2016 and provides advice to employers on all aspects of their benefits programmes. 

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Adam worked for Barnett Waddingham, where his focus was on the provision of advice to SMEs. He has over 10 years’ pensions’ experience.

Adam holds a number of qualifications, including the CIIs Diploma in Financial Planning.

Jason Crowther

Client Relationship Manager, Employee Benefits, York

Jason joined Brooks Macdonald in 2013, he holds the position of client relationship manager, employee benefits. He is responsible for managing business relationships and supporting the employee benefits team.

Jason worked in the manufacturing industry as an accountant before moving into financial services where he has worked for wealth managers, pension providers and corporate employee benefits advisers. He has over 15 years’ corporate pensions experience and has specialised in corporate and trustee advice and employee benefits.

Mark Eastwood

Regional Manager, Employee Benefits, York

Mark joined Brooks Macdonald in 2012, he holds the position of regional manager, employee benefits. Mark is responsible for developing our employee benefits division in the north of England. He specialises in giving constructive consultancy advice to employers on automatic enrolment and their legal requirements under the new workplace pension legislation.

Prior to joining Brooks Macdonald, Mark worked at Bright Corporate as a director and at Standard Life. He has over 25 years’ experience in financial services.

Mark holds a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Rebecca Rowntree

Client Relationship Manager, London

Rebecca was part of the employee benefits team between 2008 and 2011, retuning to Brooks Macdonald in 2015 after a career break.  Rebecca assists employers choose, set up, administer and review benefits for their employees.

Rebecca has over 15 years’ experience in financial services, having started her career at an insurer then moving into employee benefits. 

Rebecca is working towards the Diploma in Financial Planning, and holds the Certificate in Financial Planning.

Offices

London

020 7499 6424

info@brooksmacdonald.com

72 Welbeck Street
London
W1G 0AY

Edinburgh

0131 240 3900

edinburgh@brooksmacdonald.com

10 Melville Crescent
Edinburgh,
EH3 7LU

Guernsey

+441481 815 555

guernsey@brooksmacdonald.com

1st Floor Royal Chambers,
St Julian’s Avenue, St. Peter Port, Guernsey
GY1 2HH

Hampshire

01329 552 111

hampshire@brooksmacdonald.com

The Long Barn, Dean Estate
Wickham Road, Fareham
PO17 5BN

Jersey

+441534 715 555

jersey@brooksmacdonald.com

First Floor Liberation House
Castle Street, St. Helier, Jersey
JE2 3AT

Leamington Spa

01926 351 051

leamingtonspa@brooksmacdonald.com

36 Hamilton Terrace
Leamington Spa,
CV32 4LY

Manchester

01618 614 110

manchester@brooksmacdonald.com

10th Floor, No 1 Marsden Street
Manchester
M2 1HW

Taunton

01823 217 084

taunton@brooksmacdonald.com

4 Heron Gate
Hankridge Way, Taunton
TA1 2LR

Tunbridge Wells

01892 554 900

tunbridgewells@brooksmacdonald.com

2 Mount Ephraim Road
Tunbridge Wells Kent
TN1 1EE

York

01904 234 820

york@brooksmacdonald.com

Howard House
3 St Mary’s Court,
Blossom Street, York, YO24 1AH

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