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New members appointed to TPR's Determinations Panel

Ref: PN17-05
Friday 10 February 2017

The Chair of The Pensions Regulator’s (TPR) Determinations Panel, Andrew Long, has announced the appointment of two new members to the Panel.

The new members, Pauline Wallace and John Swift, take up their posts next month. Existing member Catharine Seddon has been re-appointed to the Panel.

Welcoming the appointments, Andrew Long, who has also been re-appointed as Chair, said:

"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of such highly-qualified individuals to the Determinations Panel. They will bring experience and enthusiasm to the roles, joining a panel that deals with a number of important cases and issues.”

The Determinations Panel is responsible for making formal decisions relating to cases where TPR seeks to use certain powers. These decisions are called ‘determinations’ and the Panel has the power to make a determination where:

  • TPR takes action in relation to a breach of pensions law
  • a problem has arisen in a scheme that TPR considers can be put right with the use of one of its powers or
  • an application has been made by trustees, managers, members or employers of a scheme for TPR to use one of its powers

The Determinations Panel operates separately from other parts of the organisation, including the case teams, and is not involved in investigating cases.

Editor's notes

  1. The newly appointed members (appointed for a four year term) are:
    Pauline Wallace
    Pauline is currently a member of the Regulatory Decisions Committee at the Financial Conduct Authority. She is also a member of the ICAEW Regulatory Board, a non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committee of the Paradigm Trust (a multi-academy trust) and a governor at a local primary school. Pauline was previously a partner at PwC where she was head of public policy and regulatory affairs having previously been head of the global financial instruments team.
    John Swift QC
    John’s main career was as a barrister specialising in competition law. He is a longstanding QC, is a Bencher of the Inner Temple and was formerly Head of Chambers at Monckton Chambers. He was the first Rail Regulator from 1993 to 1998. John is currently the chairman of the Enforcement Decision Panel for Ofgem and an independent member of the Ofwat Case Work Committee.
    Catharine Seddon
    Catharine is currently a serving member of the Determinations Panel. She is also a Gambling Commissioner and Member of the Legal Services Board. Catharine also sits on Employment and Mental Health Tribunals, and as a lay assessor in County Court cases. She is a magistrate and trustee of the London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
  2. TPR is the regulator of work-based pension schemes in the UK. Our statutory objectives are: to protect members’ benefits; to reduce the risk of calls on the Pension Protection Fund (PPF); to promote, and to improve understanding of, the good administration of work-based pension schemes; to maximise employer compliance with automatic enrolment duties; and to minimise any adverse impact on the sustainable growth of an employer (in relation to the exercise of TPR’s functions under Part 3 of the Pensions Act 2004 only).

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