LPP Executive Committee

Susan Martin

Chief Executive

Susan Martin is LPP Chief Executive. Previously she held the role of LPFA Chief Executive from December 2013. Prior to this she was Deputy Chief Executive (2011) and Acting Chief Executive (August 2013) having joined the LPFA in April 2007 as Director of Organisational Development. She has over 30 years of experience across all sectors in pensions, partnerships, mergers, acquisitions, organisational change and business development.

Susan sits on the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association DB Council, the LGPS Forum and the Investors Committee of the 30% Club, which aims to increase Board diversity. She is a regular speaker, writer and contributor to discussions on pensions, partnership working, leadership and business change in the UK and internationally. Susan has been recognised for her innovative work on asset and liability management and for her successful partnerships with other administering authorities and pension funds by her industry peers, securing the Industry Achievement Award at the Portfolio Institutional Awards 2015 as well as being cited in the top most influential people in pensions and/or women in financial services.

Joanne Darbyshire

Director of Pension Administration

Joanne Darbyshire joined LPP in April 2019 where she is responsible for leading the business to continue to drive a programme of building a strong and sector-leading pension administration offering which focuses and delivers on increased operational efficiency for clients, tailored and effective member communications, robust risk and data management. 

Joanne brings a wealth of experience in the life and pensions sector. She held several senior roles at the Co-operative Group including Head of Co-operative Life Planning and Head of Commerical and Strategy. Joanne currently holds a non-executive trustee and director position at the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.


Tom Richardson

Chief Risk Officer 

Tom joined LPP in July 2016 from the Maple Financial Group, where he spent almost 20 years building his skills in different parts of the business. From 2008, he was the Chief Risk Officer (Market Risk), Global, a role that saw him drive the management and communication of Maple's business line policies within an economic capital framework totalling £400 million.

Tom’s areas of responsibility included the measurement and reporting of financial risk where he led the design and implementation of risk methodologies, policies and procedures to meet both internal and regulatory objectives, including Value at Risk, Credit Capital at Risk, scenario analysis and stress testing.

Tom graduated from Loughborough University with a BSc in Economics and Politics. He also holds a Certificate in Securities from the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. At LPP, Tom is also responsible for ICT, facilities and operational and employer risk.

Chris Rule

Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director LPP Investments Ltd

Chris is CIO and the Managing Director of LPP’s Investment Business, responsible for developing and enhancing LPP’s investment strategies and solutions offering to clients. Prior to joining LPP in 2016, Chris was CIO at London Pensions Fund Authority, one of LPP’s founding clients. Working collaboratively with Northern Pool, Chris founded and manages GLIL Infrastructure, an Alternative Investment Fund focused on investing in UK infrastructure assets. 

Chris has 17 years of investment experience. He has held a number of senior positions including Head of Alternatives at SEB Investment Management, as well as founding and co-managing the multi-strategy team whilst a Principal at Old Mutual Asset Managers. Earlier in his career, Chris was trained as a risk manager at GNI Fund Management, before taking on investment management responsibility for hedge fund portfolios. Chris graduated from Manchester University and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Jacqui Self

Director of Human Resources & Director, Pensions Administration

Before joining LPP, Jacqui spent four years as LPFA’s Head of HR. Her experience covers the breadth of HR activities including recruitment, learning and development, reward, organisational design and engagement.

As a graduate member of the Institute of Personnel and Development and a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, her HR career spans over 30 years with a brief spell in manufacturing and IT before specialising in financial services and particularly wealth management. She has managed a range of HR change programmes, including mergers and acquisitions, outsourcing, insourcing, investment start-up organisations and TUPE activities.

Greg Smith

Director of Strategic Programmes & Group Company Secretary

Greg joined LPP from LPFA where, since 2004, he held a number of Corporate Development roles including Head of Communications before becoming Head of Governance and Strategy in 2014. Since 2009 Greg was also LPFA’s Board Secretary, a role which saw him recognised as Company Secretary of the Year 2015, at the ICSA Awards. In his time at LPFA Greg led on a number of strategic change programmes including the £10bn partnership with Lancashire County Council.

Greg holds a degree in law from the University of Reading, as well as being an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA).

Adrian Taylor

Chief Financial Officer

Adrian Taylor joined LPP in November 2018. With over 30 years of financial services experience, mainly in the asset and wealth management sectors, Adrian has a large firm background from Barclays Capital, JP Morgan Asset Management and Fidelity. Adrian's recent roles include Finance Director UK at Edmond de Rothschild, Partner and Finance Director at Killik & Co, and CFO at Sarasin & Partners.

Adrian qualified as a chartered accountant while at KPMG and is currently FCA (ICAEW). He graduated from Execter University with a BA (comb hons) degree in Economics and Statistics. 

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