Welcome from Simon Warren

Chief Executive, Wolverhampton City Council

Thank you for your interest in West Midlands Pension Fund, and in the post of Director of Pensions.

If you are currently working in the field of public sector pensions, you probably know of Brian Bailey, our retiring Director of Pensions. Brian’s expertise and reputation are formidable and have played no small part in establishing West Midlands Pension Fund as one of the UK’s most highly respected and successful funds.

Brian’s successor will have a wonderful platform on which to further their career, including a highly skilled and dedicated staff across both investment management and member services. We are also proud of the close and productive working relationships between the local authority politicians and trade union members that make up our Superannuation Committee.

The public sector pensions landscape is changing fast as we come to terms with the impact of global stock market falls. Lord Hutton has recommended that public sector workers should work longer and that their final salary benefit should be redefined as a career average benefit. We need to play a leading role in influencing how Lord Hutton’s proposals are implemented, ensuring that the interests of both our members and our employers are best served. At the same time, the implementation of these changes will be huge projects for West Midlands Pension Fund, and will be led by our new Director of Pensions. Then of course, there is the day job; ensuring that all of our members and employers continue to receive an outstanding service from the Fund, through judicious and effective investment of their contributions and first class administration of their requirements.

For this post, we need a leader. Someone who can lead teams, debates, projects, change. You’ll also need to demonstrate that you have the technical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed. You will find plenty of information here about West Midlands Pension Fund as well as a Job Description and Person Specification. If this sounds like the sort of challenge you would relish, we would welcome an application from you.