NAPF appoints investment lead

The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has appointed Helen Roberts as lead to work on investment issues across defined contribution (DC) and defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.

Roberts’ work will include engaging in debates around low gilt yields and the impact of the current economic climate on asset allocation strategies, considering the implications of the economic outlook for funds when trading off risk and return, and increasing the NAPF’s awareness of alternative asset classes and the diversification strategies being used by pension funds.

Roberts joins the NAPF from F&C Asset Management where she was head of government bonds.

Roberts said: “I am pleased to be bringing my hands-on investment experience to this unique role.

“Pension fund investment is evolving quickly and I look forward to helping the NAPF strengthen its voice in this key area.”