TPR makes internal interim hires as it looks to fill senior roles permanently

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The Pensions Regulator has made Neil Bull interim director of market oversight, Nina Blackett becomes its interim director of strategy, policy and analysis, and Mel Charles the new interim director of regulatory compliance, while TPR looks for people to take the roles on a permanent basis.

The regulator said last month that it will reorganise into three new regulatory functions to be led by three directors. It has now made interim appointments while it searches for people to fill the roles permanently. The Brighton-based regulator has launched a new microsite encouraging internal and external applications. 

Chief executive Nausicaa Delfas said about the new interim directors: “These appointments are critical in accelerating the shift in our regulatory approach that will help us to protect, enhance and innovate in a changing pensions market, and become a more efficient and effective regulator.” 

Bull is currently head of investment at TPR, having worked as an investment consultant at Aon and a fixed income portfolio manager at IBM Retirement Funds EMEA. He has chaired the trustee board and the investment committee of the IBM Ireland DC Pension Plan and is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries as well as a CFA charterholder. 

A digital and design professional, Blackett joined TPR in September 2023 as director of digital services. She has also been leading the shift in TPR’s approach to regulating master trusts and the implementation of multi-disciplinary teams. Before joining the regulator, she led the design and development of evidence-based interventions in healthcare and education and was interim chief of development at the Money and Pensions Service. Blackett holds a PhD in media and communications from the London School of Economics. 

Charles has held different roles within TPR since joining in 2011. Most recently, he has been director of auto-enrolment and is a member of the regulator's executive committee and board. Before joining TPR, he held positions in government departments covering justice, international development and business. He is a qualified solicitor and risk management specialist.

Interim director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice Louise Davey remains as part of the executive team. 

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