Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Leicester pensions expert appointed interim chair of national industry body AMPS

The Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes (AMPS), the industry body representing SIPP operators and SSAS practitioners, has announced that Martin Tilley, director and head of technical at Westbridge SSAS has been appointed interim chair until the next AGM scheduled to be held in October this year.

Martin takes over from Claire Trott who took up the appointment in 2018.

Martin is an industry veteran having spent over 30 years at SIPP and SSAS practitioner Dentons Pension Management, before taking senior roles at Hurley Partners and latterly Westbridge SSAS which operates nationally and has its HQ located in Meridian Business Park, Leicester.

Martin Tilley, who joined the committee in October of 2021, said: “I am sure I speak for the whole committee in thanking Claire for the hard work she has put in while chair of AMPS. I would also like to thank her for the support she has provided to the whole committee and to the membership in general. I have known Claire for many years and know that she would not have taken the decision to step down lightly and we all wish her well for the future.

“I look forward to serving the committee and membership to the best of my ability and to seeing membership representatives at our annual conference to be held on 25th May at 1 Wimpole Street in London. This will be the first live event that AMPS has been able to host since October 2019. It looks set to be a packed event and will be a great opportunity to network and hear from high quality speakers.”

Mr Tilley will be supported by the committee which consists of:

  • Geoff Buck, Vanguard Asset Management
  • Sarah Hawkins, Punter Southall SIPP
  • Ian Linden, James Hay Partnership
  • Andrew Phipps, Embark Group
  • Debbie Seaton
  • Zoe Smith, Barnett Waddingham
  • Tasneem Ul-Haq, Aviva
  • Joy West, Hartsfield Trustee Services

Claire Trott, head of pensions strategy at St. James’s Place, said: “It has been an honour to lead AMPS over the past 4 years, but due to my charitable fundraising activities and work commitments it was time to hand over the reins to someone else. Martin is an ideal candidate as he is highly experienced, well known in the industry and his technical knowledge is second to none. I am sure that he and the committee will continue the good work undertaken over many years and ensure confidence in the self invested sector.”

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