The National Employment Savings Trust (Nest) has appointed the first chairs of its employer and member panels.
Paul Jagger, MBE, has been appointed chair of the Nest employer panel and Museji Takolia, CBE, has been appointed chair of the Nest member panel.
Jagger is currently chair of Barnsley Lift Company; a non-executive member of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, pro chancellor and chair of Council Bradford University; deputy chair of the Committee of University Chairs; and member of the University Council for Educational Administration and the joint negotiating committee.
Takolia is currently executive chairman of Intellicomm Solutions and a non-executive director at the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED). He started his career in social policy in local government, and has worked as a management consultant and strategic adviser on equality and diversity issues internationally.
The chairs will be involved in the selection process for their first six panel members. Some scheme members and employers using Nest can be appointed to the panels once Nest is up and running. The maximum number for both panels, including the chairs, is 15.
The employer panel will provide a communication channel between the business world and employers who will use Nest, and the Nest trustee. The member panel will represent the views of Nest scheme members and future scheme members to the trustee.
Lawrence Churchill, chair of the Nest Corporation, said: “We are very pleased to have appointed people of such high calibre to these roles.
“Nest will be unique as a multi-employer occupational pension, and with potentially millions of members using the scheme. The panels will play a critical role in ensuring Nest works for its members and their employers, and in helping us to make sure both employer and member voices are heard.”
Jagger said: “Listening to employers, representing them and feeding back Nest’s response is an essential part of making sure the scheme continues to meet employers’ needs.”
Takolia said: “Developing trust and confidence in Nest and the scheme will be a key challenge for the panel and for Nest Corporation. This is where I hope the panel will make its biggest difference.”
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