Chris has more than 30 years’ experience as an actuary, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer (‘CEO’). He has also been a board member for several Pension Funds, companies and non-profit entities. As CEO, Chris transformed RPMI Railpen – the Railways Pension Scheme’s asset manager – into an outcome-focused, cost-aware and internationally recognised investor. As well as chairing Border to Coast, Chris is a trustee and investment committee chair for NEST, the eight-million-member pension scheme, and is the chair of the Pension Superfund. He is also a director of two further organisations: the Investment Forum, which engages with UK companies to encourage good governance and long-term strategy; and the Toronto-based International Centre for Pensions Management, which researches
and shares best practice among asset owners. Chris is a former chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association
Chief Executive Officer
Rachel joined Border to Coast as CEO in November 2017 with over 20 years’ experience of working in pensions and institutional investment, both as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and, latterly, as investment office director for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited, where she was responsible for the assets on the insurer’s balance sheet including investment strategy and oversight of asset managers. In October 2020 Rachel joined the board of the Investment Association, the UK asset management industry’s trade body. Rachel is a Cambridge maths graduate, qualified actuary and member of the Institute of Directors.
Chief Operating Officer
After being the driving force behind Border to Coast’s initial conception and response to the Government’s pooling agenda, Fiona joined Border to Coast from one of our Partner Funds, Cumbria County Council, where she managed the Local Government Pension Scheme, as well as the treasury, accounting and insurance functions. Fiona has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, ICT and operational restructuring across both the public and private sectors. Fiona continues to support the development of pooling in the UK by being appointed to represent the LGPS pooling companies on the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board (‘SAB’) Investment Committee and the CIPFA Pensions Panel.
Kate is the Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.
Kate has many years’ experience as a human resources professional and is currently group human resources director for Virgin Money UK PLC. Her background has been in managing mergers and acquisitions, culture change, talent and development, employee relations and performance management. She has extensive experience of remuneration in financial services and is experienced in working in highly regulated environments. In the past she has worked for a number of organisations including Novartis, Diageo, Lloyds Banking Group and Marks and Spencer. Kate has recently stepped down from the board of Action for Children having joined in 2014. She also sits on the board of the Virgin Money Foundation.
Tanya is the Chair of the Board Risk Committee and is a member of both the Audit and the Remuneration & Nomination committees.
Tanya is a former senior global banking executive with expertise in corporate governance, risk management and regulation, having spent most of her career with JP Morgan and UBS. Tanya sits on the board of Handelsbanken plc. She has also served on a range of boards including Faster Payments Scheme, Scottish Canals, Multrees Investor Services Scheme and the platform businesses Standard Life Savings and Elevate Portfolio Services. She has chaired the Quality Assurance Scheme for the Institute of Faculty of Actuaries and has been a pension trustee for both the defined contribution scheme of HBOS and the defined benefit scheme at UBS. She is a trustee at Changing the Chemistry, a charity she founded to promote diversity of thought in the boardroom, for which she received an MBE. She also sits on the FCA’s regulatory decisions committee.
Andrew November is the Chair of Audit Committee and a member of the Board Risk Committee.
Andrew has spent more than 25 years in asset management, currently as the head of the investment office at Scottish Widows. Prior to this he was the global chief operating officer, distribution, at Aberdeen Standard Investments, and as the chief investment officer for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. He holds an MSc in applied economics from the University of California at Santa Cruz, USA, and a BA in Chinese and economics from the University of Leeds.
Anne is a member of the Board Audit Committee.
Anne is a councillor on South Tyneside Council, having first been elected in 2008. She is the chair of the Tyne and Wear Pension Committee and sits on the Human Resources Committee and Contracts
Performance Panel. Anne is a lay member of the Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust where she chairs hearings for patients who are on a Section 3 of the Mental Health Act and
Community Treatment Orders. She is also a governor on two school governing bodies in South Shields.
John Holtby is a member of Remuneration and Nomination Committee.
John is a councillor in the East Riding of Yorkshire Council where he is the deputy leader, with a portfolio for corporate affairs including pensions. He is also the vice-chair of the East Riding Pension Fund. He is an arable and livestock farmer on the land his family has farmed since 1890. He has an MA (Hons) in land economy from Magdalene College, Cambridge.