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LGC Investment Awards 2016 - Winners revealed

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Congratulations to all the winners at the LGC Investment Awards.

Responsible Investment

Winner – Environment Agency

Judges’ comments: “This entry showed the clarity of the fund’s investment strategy, clear links to good investment outcomes, and demonstrates good use of investment expertise.”

 

Best collaboration

Winner – Project Pool (entered by Essex)

Judges’ comments: “This project informed the pooling debate, based on evidence and analysis, creating a framework for strategic decision-making in future. It shows the whole of local government how to lead a policy debate and not simply react.”

Highly commended: West Yorkshire (for its partnership administering the Lincolnshire pension fund)

Judges’ comments: “This was a very well evidenced entry that illustrated a demonstrable depth of collaboration that achieved real results.”

 

Elected member of the year

Winner – Tony Reid, Northumberland

Judges’ comments: “This councillor demonstrated a long-standing commitment to the LGPS, earned cross-party respect, and steered the fund through a number of statutory changes. They took a strong role in advocating pooling, and showed a genuine devotion to public service.”

 

Officer of the year

Winner – Dawn Turner, Environment Agency

Judges’ comments: “The remarkable impact that this officer has had on their fund, in a short time, has left the judges in no doubt. This officer pushed the boundaries of how their fund operates and at the same time has had a large impact nationally.”

 

Emerging officer of the year

Winner – Leon Thorpe, National LGPS Frameworks

Judges’ comments: “This officer has demonstrated competency against a steep learning curve, and the ability to work with others across the whole LGPS, contributing to innovative developments and taking joint working to a new level.”

 

Fund of the year – below £750m

Winner – Lothian Buses

Judges’ comments: “This was the strongest entry across all criteria. This fund demonstrated a stunning performance, shown in its funding level, investment returns and service to pension scheme members.”

 

Fund of the year – above £750m

Winner – Newham

Judges’ comments: “This fund has demonstrated consistently high performance, as well as attention to its decision making processes and responsibilities as a shareholder.”

 

Fund of the year – above £2bn

Winner – Norfolk

Judges’ comments: “The sensible, innovative approach to investment, evidenced by its performance, underpins this fund’s stability. It continues to exhibit a high commitment to members, performance and governance.”

Highly commended – Dyfed Pension Fund (Carmarthenshire County Council)

Judges’ comments: “This fund showed excellent long-term performance, demonstrating stable investment outcomes.”

 

Fund of the year – above £5bn

Winner – Lothian

Judges’ comments: “This fund demonstrated a very strong performance across key criteria, from investment, to governance, to administration. It’s a good all-round fund, but what set it above the rest were its consistently high returns, providing stability for employers and pension scheme members.”

Highly commended – Essex

Judges’ comments: “This fund was a very close second, as it was strong in all the categories the judges expected.”

 

Knowledge and Skills

Winner – Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee

Judges’ comments: “This fund was clearly the best. It took a broad and stringent approach to ensuring knowledge and skills were proliferated among both elected members and officers.”

 

Quality of service

Winner – North East Scotland

Judges’ comments: “This fund’s customer service is innovative and impressive. It showed a great use of customer surveys and there is clear evidence of customer-focused improvements with recognition of where future improvements can be made.”

Highly commended – Essex

Judges’ comments: “The standard of entries to this category was very high. The judges were impressed with this fund’s focus on improving service for pension dependents – it’s a genuinely member-focused approach.”

 

Editor’s award

Winner – Bob Holloway

Comments: “This individual has had a significant role in the major changes that have shaped the modern scheme. As he moves on from his present role, LGC felt his massive contribution should be recognised.”

 

Lifetime achievement award

Winner – Bob Summers

Judges’ comments: “This hugely respected individual has a long history in pensions, which they have used in a massively supportive way to assist local government colleagues, particularly as chair of the Cipfa pensions panel.”

 

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