Members of the USS Joint Expert Panel announced

25 May 2018

The Joint Expert Panel (JEP) tasked with examining the valuation of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) is now complete.

On Monday UCU confirmed that Professor Saul Jacka, Professor Deborah Mabbett and Associate Professor Catherine Donnelly were its choices for the panel.

Saul Jacka is a professor of statistics at the University of Warwick and a Turing fellow at the Alan Turing Institute. Deborah Mabbett is a professor of public policy at Birkbeck much of whose research has focussed on the relationship between the state and occupational or private pension schemes. Catherine Donnelly has worked as an advisor on pension scheme valuations and investment strategies for several pension consultancy firms and is currently an associate professor at Heriot-Watt University.

Universities UK (UUK) confirmed its choices yesterday. Ronnie Bowie is a partner at the pensions consultancy Hymans Robertson and chair of court at the University of Dundee. Sally Bridgeland is a non-executive director at the Local Pensions Partnership and a trustee of the Lloyds Bank pension scheme. Chris Curry is director of the Pensions Policy Institute. He was an economic adviser at the Department of Social Security and co-chaired the Department for Work and Pensions' automatic enrolment review advisory group.

The JEP was established as part of an agreement reached between UCU and UUK in March 2018. It is tasked with agreeing key principles to underpin the future approach to the scheme's valuation. It will be chaired by Joanne Segars OBE.

 

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