Pensions: Our Trustees

A walker making an early start on the trail

The Trustees of the Scheme are appointed and may be removed in accordance with the Trust's Deed and Rules. There are eight Trustees, four are chosen by the National Trust (NT) and the other four are Member Nominated trustees (MNTs) and are chosen by members of the Scheme.

 Meet the Pensions Board of Trustees

Pensions Trustee Nicky Grace

Nicky Grace - MNT

Nicky retired from the Trust at the end of 2014 and now lives in beautiful Teesdale, County Durham. As well as the pension scheme she is involved with the local arts centre and Darlington College. Life is also busy with walking, gardening, theatre, holidays and meeting new and old friends including former colleagues.

Pensions Trustee Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy - MNT

A deferred member of the Scheme who left the Trust in 2010 after 28 years. Former Regional Director in two Regions. Currently Chief Executive of the Greenwich Foundation, Director of Visit Greenwich and Chairman of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site.

Pensions Trustee Peter Pearce

Peter Pearce - MNT

Peter Pearce FRICS worked for the National Trust as a land agent in the East Midlands and then Southern Regions, directing the restoration of Uppark in West Sussex after its devastating fire in 1989. Thereafter he was Director of the Landmark Trust until 2012 and then the Edward James Foundation in West Sussex, which runs West Dean College for arts, crafts and conservation training. He is now Director of the Mary Roxburghe Trust, created by Bamber Gascoigne to care for West Horsley Place in Surrey, and soon to be the new home of Grange Park Opera.

Pensions Trustee Peter Nixon

Peter Nixon - MNT

Peter retired from the NT last October after 32 years in a variety of roles including land agent, regional director, chief agent and director of conservation. More than 20 years on the executive team provided long experience of the operation of the NT pension scheme from the employer’s perspective, and a deep appreciation of the importance of the scheme to its members. His conservation interests continue, including as a trustee of Harper Adams University and a non-executive director representing the Forestry Commission on the board of Forest Holidays.

Pensions Trustee Steve Tyson

Steve Tyson - NT nominated

Independent Investment Adviser. Former CIO and CEO, now a Senior Adviser for AllenbridgeEpic and acting as a Trustee/Chair and Investment Adviser to several corporate and local government pension plans.

Pensions Trustee Greg Meekings

Greg Meekings (Chair) - NT nominated

Greg spent 30 years working in IT, mostly in Financial Services. He retired from Reuters in 2004 where he was CIO. He has 15 years experience as a pension Trustee and is Chairman of two Reuters Defined Benefit pensions schemes. He is also Chairman of Arachnys Information Systems, a startup delivering compliance technology services to international organisations.

Pensions Trustee Ian Bailey

Ian Bailey - NT nominated

Ian is an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK and a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute. Ian retired in 2016 from Aon where he was Co Head of the Delegated Consulting Business. Before joining Aon Hewitt Ian was a Managing Director at BlackRock Investment Management (UK) Limited and its predecessor companies. Ian has over 30 years of broad industry experience including 15 years as a Fund manager and 10 years as a Trustee of the Merrill Lynch UK Pension Plan.

Pensions Trustee Janet Thompson

Janet Thomson - NT nominated

Janet Thomson is an experienced Chair of Trustee Boards and Trustee with some 30 years’ experience in UK and Irish pensions, involving closed and open defined benefit (both final salary and career average) schemes and defined contribution (both trust and third party insurer) arrangements. She currently chairs the Saga Pension Scheme and is a Trustee of the National Trust Pension Scheme and chair of its investment committee. Past trustee roles included chair of the AA and AA Ireland pension schemes and trustee of the Nestor Healthcare pension schemes during the company’s ownership by Saga. Janet's corporate career included 22 years with the Woolwich, where she became a Member Nominated Trustee and subsequently Secretary to that scheme. For the past 19 years, she has been with Saga in a variety of senior management roles, concluding her career as Group HR Director for Saga and the AA in 2011.