Management Advisory Board Meetings

The Agency Management Advisory Board meets on a regular basis and membership includes non-executive members who were appointed following an open recruitment exercise.

Non-Executive Members of the board are:

Mark Adderley

Mark Adderley is an experienced people and transformation director, and now non-executive director, coach and consultant. After 20 years at the top of organisations, Mark now advises leaders on facilitating change. Mark worked on the RBS/Nat West acquisition and integration and then went to Scottish Water as Director of HR, Transformation and Business Services, after some time as CEO of the National Trust for Scotland, Mark moved into the NHS and then Heriot-Watt University as HR and OD Director, in the latter role leading on people issues across the globe. Mark has a Passion for enabling people be the best they can be, and is now studying for a Doctorate (DBA) in 'changing leaders in changing times’, and how new leaders can accelerate change. After 15 years as an HR Director, Mark has a good understanding of the importance of pensions to individuals and organisations. He is fellow of the IOD and CIPD, and has outside interests in equality, squash and his own family of 4 girls and various animals.

Ian Forbes

Ian is a Chartered Accountant and has an MBA from the University of Edinburgh Business School. He has considerable financial services experience gained across investment management, life insurance and banking sectors.

Ian has worked in Internal Audit, Risk Management and held financial leadership roles across the UK, Europe, US and in India where developed the finance team for Standard Life's joint venture insurer.

Ian was the Head of Financial Management at Standard Life Bank and subsequently the Head of Finance for Standard Life's Group Operations division where he introduced Finance Business Partnering. Latterly, Ian was a Senior Manager in Lloyd's Banking Group's Insurance division where he developed risk and financial processes and reporting in anticipation of Solvency 2 legislation.

At Standard Life, Ian was a Board member of Standard Life Employee Services Limited (the staff and pensions entity).

Liz Holmes

Liz joined the Scottish Public Pensions Agency's Audit and Risk Committee in April 2016, and became a member of the Management Advisory Board in April 2017. Liz has over 30 years’ experience in central government, including the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales, principally as Head of Internal Audit for the Forestry Commission providing assurance on governance and risk management across a wide range of business activities, both commercial and corporate, and involving significant organisational change.

Liz also has experience at management level in Finance, Corporate Planning and HR. Professionally, Liz was previously Secretary of the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors Scottish District Committee, and sat on the UK panel leading to the Institute's charter status award. Liz is an active volunteer supporter of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and is currently Treasurer for both her local lifeboat station and its fundraising committee.

Helen Mackenzie

Helen Mackenzie MCIPS IPFA has been a senior leader in the UK public procurement for nearly a decade. She has authored a number of publications about procurement and published many articles on line.

Helen is currently the Principal Advisor for Procurious, the international on-line community for procurement and supply chain where she leads on webinars, podcasts and the UK Chief Procurement Officer Roundtable programme. Helen’s teams have demonstrated award winning performance at Scottish and UK level. Helen has received international recognition for her pioneering work combining public procurement with community empowerment. Helen contributes to the development of procurement policy and thinking across the world. She chairs the Procurious Scottish CPO Roundtable.

Helen is the non-executive chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency and serves on the Management Advisory Board. She is also an external trustee and audit committee chair of the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, one of the leading student union charities in the UK.

Jane Malcolm

Jane is Executive Director, External and Corporate Affairs at the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Prior to joining the SRA in 2014, she held a series of roles at the General Medical Council, including Assistant Director to the Chief Executive, Assistant Director in Fitness to Practise and responsibility for the work of the GMC in the devolved administrations. Before then, Jane led UK and European policy development at the Federation of Small Businesses. Jane is a Council member of the General Teaching Council of Scotland, sits on the Scottish Public Pensions Agency Management Advisory Board and is a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Norman McNeil

Norman is an IT professional with over thirty years’ experience in the utility industry before taking early retirement in December 2018. In his last role he was responsible for ScottishPower’s IT finance, contracts, governance, risk, audit and security, but he brings broad experience across all aspects of IT delivery. He is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.

In addition, Norman has been a member-nominated Trustee Director of the Scottish Power Pension Scheme for over eighteen years and has successfully completed The Pensions Regulator Trustee Toolkit. As such, he brings extensive knowledge and experience of both defined-benefit pensions provision and the broader UK pensions governance and regulatory regime.


The Board is the main strategic decision making body and the reports of the meetings are available below:

Meeting Minutes




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