LPP Executive Committee
Interim Chief Executive, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director LPP Investments Ltd
Chris is Interim Chief Executive, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and Managing Director of LPP’s Investment business. Chris has been with LPP since its inception and is 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 20 years of investment experience. He has held several 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.
Director of Pension Administration
Jo 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.
Jo 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. Jo currently holds a non-executive trustee and director position at the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership.
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.
Director of Human Resources
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 ACIS
Director of Strategic Programmes & Group Company Secretary, The Local Pensions Partnership (LPP)
Greg joined LPP from the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) where since 2004 he held a number of corporate development roles including Head of Communications, before becoming Head of Governance & Strategy in 2014. Since 2009, Greg was also LPFA’s Board Secretary and in this role was recognised as Company Secretary of the Year at the 2015 ICSA Awards. In his time at LPFA, Greg led on a number of strategic change programmes including the £10bn partnership with Lancashire County Council.
Following the formation of the LPP, Greg took up the role as Director of Strategic Programmes and Group Company Secretary. This role included establishing a directorate of strategic corporate services, shareholder engagement, leading on a transformation to create LPP as a standalone business, and working alongside the investment professionals on the establishment of asset pooling vehicles.
Chief Financial Officer
Adrian 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 a fellow of the ICAEW. He graduated from Exeter University with a BA (comb hons) degree in Economics and Statistics.