LPP Executive Committee

Susan Martin

Chief Executive

Susan Martin is LPP’s inaugural Chief Executive, having previously held the role of LPFA Chief Executive since 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 Life Time Savings 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.

George Graham

Managing Director (Administration)

George joins LPP from Lancashire County Council where he has been the Director of the Lancashire County Pension Fund since 2015; an entirely new role where he was responsible for managing all aspects of the operation of the Fund. He originally joined Lancashire County Council in 2009 as Assistant Director of Finance, before becoming Deputy County Treasurer in 2011.

He began his local government career in 1986 as a Graduate Trainee with Oxfordshire County Council after gaining a degree in Modern History and Economics at the University of Manchester. After achieving his CIPFA qualification at Oxfordshire in 1990, he spent 11 years with Northamptonshire County Council, before being appointed Director of Finance at Chorley Borough Council in Lancashire, which included managing the large customer facing functions of revenues and benefits.

In 2005 he joined Rossendale Borough Council as Executive Director of Resources where, as part of a new management team, his work resulted in the Council achieving a jump from poor to good in its Audit Commission assessment.

Mike Jensen

Co-Chief Investment Officer

Before joining LPP, Mike was Chief Investment Officer for Lancashire County Council and Lancashire County Pension Fund since 2009, having previously held a similar role with Cornwall County Council. He is responsible for managing the Partnership’s £11 billon assets, and directing a team of analysts, governance and risk employees.

Mike graduated in Physics with Economics from Imperial College London, and has over 30 years of experience as a rates, currency and fixed-income trader, as well as debt/capital markets experience having established the Euro-Commercial paper and Euro-Medium Term Note operations at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. Mike has held a number of senior posts across a wide range of rates proprietary trading, market making, debt origination, structuring and risk management positions at Bank of America, UBS, Merrill Lynch, SG Warburg and Morgan Stanley.

Chris Rule

Managing Director (Investments) & Chief Investment Officer

Chris comes to LPP from LPFA, where he held the role of Chief Investment Officer since October 2014. He is responsible for managing the Partnership’s £11 billion assets, developing and enhancing LPP’s investment strategy, and monitoring the operational and business performance of the investment business.

Chris has a wealth of investment experience within asset management businesses. He has held a number of senior positions including Head of Alternatives at SEB Investment Management (Stockholm’s Enskilda Bank), as well as founding and co-managing the multi strategy team whilst a Principal at Old Mutual Asset Managers (UK) Ltd. Chris originally trained as a risk manager at GNI Fund Management, where he went on to take investment management responsibility for their hedge fund portfolios.

Chris graduated from Manchester University, holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.

Jacqui Self

Director of Human Resources

Before joining LPP, Jacqui spent four years as LPFA’s Head of HR. Her experience covers the breath 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.

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. Since 2008, he has been the Chief Risk Officer (Market Risk), Global, a role that saw him driving the management and communication of the Group’s business line policies within an economic capital framework totalling 400mm euro.

His areas of responsibility included the measurement and reporting of  financial risk where he lead 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.

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).

LPP Partnership Holding Company Board

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