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Who we are

Our people

Our People

60,000+

members

Our members are either serving or former members of the Armed Forces

Their partners and siblings of ex service personnel who have joined the Society support our campaigning causes or enjoy the numerous membership benefits we offer.

Our Chief Executive is a Director of the Forces Pension Society and of the FPS Investment Company (Investco), an employees’ representative on the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Pension Scheme Board and a member of the executive committee of the Public Services Pensioners’ Council, the overarching organisation representing retired public servants.

Our staff

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Major General Neil Marshall OBE

Chief Executive

Matthew Lowe MBE

Chief Operating Officer

Jo Fitton-Bates

Head of Digital & Brand

David Roberts

Roadshow Manager

Head of Pensions

Mike Davis

Deputy Head of Pensions

Wendy Bandeira

Senior Forces Pensions Consultant

Terry Anderson

Forces Pensions Consultant

Alisa Lakeman-Ford

Forces Pensions Consultant

Charlotte Cooper

Forces Pensions Consultant

Neil Knowles

Forces Pensions Consultant

Nick Moody

Forces Pensions Consultant

Colin Thomas

Forces Pensions Consultant

Andy Straw

Head of Membership

Paddy Butler

Deputy Head of Membership

Harsha Vadgama

Membership Adviser

Ceri Ball

Membership Adviser

Our Board of Directors

Sir Gerry Berragan KBE

Chairman

Bill Mahon

Non-Executive Director

David Marsh CBE

Non-Executive Director

Neil Marshall OBE

Executive Director

Bill Moore CBE

Non-Executive Director

Nicky Murdoch MBE

Non-Executive Director

Collette Musgrave

Non-Executive Director

Paul Quinn OBE

Non-Executive Director

Lorna Swinyard-Jordan

Non-Executive Director

Paul Stearns

Non-Executive Director

Jonathan Wheeler OBE

Non-Executive Director

Jonny Westbrooke

Non-Executive Director

As a not-for-profit limited company funded by its members, the Forces Pension Society is governed in a manner that reflects best practice in the sector.

This consists of a president and number of vice presidents who are individuals of stature and influence invited to hold office.

The elected council/board of directors is drawn mainly, but not exclusively, from retired ranks of all three services. Our Directors are chosen for their individual skills and experience that relate to the Society’s purpose and objectives. There are currently 12 directors on the board, the maximum number of directors is fifteen.

Ultimately the membership decides upon the election, re-election and retirement of all directors through an annual general meeting normally held in June or July.

Our Board meets three times a year and is supported by two sub committees that meet between each Board meeting: a Strategy and Finance (S&F) Committee and a Risk and Governance (R&G) Committee.  Our Pay and Remuneration (P&R) Committee meets twice a year.  Each sub-committee consists of a chair plus 3, less for P&R which consists of the FPS Chairman, Chairman S&F Committee plus one other Director.

The S&F and R&G committees meet quarterly between Board meetings; the P&R Committee meets annually.

The FPS Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer (who acts as the secretariat) attend all Governance Committees.

What we are

A not-for-profit military
pension watchdog

The Forces Pension Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation
that acts as a pension watchdog for the entire military community.

What we do

Pension advisory service

Our pension advisory service empowers members to make better informed decisions.

Campaigning

Campaigning is at the very heart of the Society’s ethos, history and reputation.

Education

Our group briefings help serving members of the Armed Forces better understand their pension.

Communications

We keep our community informed with a constant flow of topical Armed Forces Pension related news and content.

What our members say

“I’ve been inundated with nothing but positive feed back “

“Many thanks for your outstanding brief, I’ve been inundated with nothing but positive feed back with people learning a lot and actioning things off the back of it. “

RSM at the Defence SERE – Roadshow

“I was presented with a thorough and comprehensive breakdown of my entitlement”

“I can’t stress how grateful I am for getting definitive and detailed answers to my pension queries. It has been a minefield in the years leading up to my discharge trying to decipher the various booklets, and which information in them relates to my situation. I also enjoy the fact that you get to speak to someone who has “been there and done that”, or has at least dealt with a similar situation in the past. I was presented with a thorough and comprehensive breakdown of my entitlement. Thank you Forces Pension Society.”

Member

“Very many thanks for providing such a service.”

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the wealth of information that you have just provided through your webinar this afternoon. It was very much welcomed. I look forward to joining the Forces Pension Society in the very near future and have no doubt, after serving 33 year’s service thus far, that this will prove invaluable as I enter my final two years of service. Very many thanks for providing such a service.

Roadshow

“Many thanks for allowing me to connect “

“Many thanks for allowing me to connect to the last Webinar. I found this a fascinating update on all the complex issues pertaining to service pensions and left me much better informed to engage with Veterans UK once my AFPS 12 returns.”

Member

“Joining is by far one of the best moves I have made”

“I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to the FPS, but primarily to Alisa Lakeman-Ford. throughout the last year, she has been absolutely superb in providing me the most excellent feedback on my pension enquiries. I have to say, joining the FPS, and seeing such in-depth, detailed, pension forecasts produced by Alisa, is by far one of the best moves I have made in my 32 year career. The patience, professionalism, knowledge and willingness to help was nothing short of outstanding. Thank you all, and sincere thanks to Alisa. “

Member

“We would be stuck without you!”

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to Terry and Wendy for all the help and assistance you have given me over the past few years. My circumstances were “not typical”, but you will be pleased to learn that all my fears were unfounded and everything has materialised as it should have. I am now in receipt of my lump sum and regular pension, including the extra I had put in from my years with another employer. Thank you to FPS as a whole for all the help and guidance you give to members of the Armed Forces. We would be stuck without you! All the very best to you all and I hope you are all managing well in these current difficult times.

Member

“Mind blowing!”

“I became a member 9 months after my father’s death as I have been handling the widow’s pension on behalf of my mother. The journey was an absolute nightmare. 13 months on and we are still not out of the woods, however, Charlie King and Colin Thomas have been pivotal in progressing our case. I cannot think of another organisation that charges a nominal yearly fee for the time, compassion, empathy and sheer determination in making things happen fairly, honestly and justly as The Forces Pension Society. The service and commitment given is mind blowing.

Member

“Wow!”

“Wow – thank you very much for the detailed e-mail. Having burnt my maths text books at the tender age of 16 this is exactly what I needed to make sense of what is a complicated system. Quite how anyone is supposed to be able to decipher that without your help is beyond me! I really appreciate the work you have put in and will recommend you to all my colleagues – a fantastic service.

Member

“Extremely beneficial webinar”

“On behalf of DHU, thank you very much for your extremely comprehensive Webinar this was extremely beneficial”

Defence HUMINT Unit

“Unclaimed pension”

“I have received overall £12743. Could not have done it without the support of the Society so I would like to thank you for pointing me in the right direction and particularly the help you gave me with the paperwork and answers to my questions. Really appreciate what you have done for me.”

Member

“A happy ending”

“I would just like to thank the team at FPS. I can confirm that over the last couple of weeks I have received several payments with regard to my previously unclaimed pension, nearly £2000 tax free, £5600 after tax and nearly £600 for loss of interest in addition to a £45 monthly increase to my pension, so one very happy ex-serviceman. Once again thanks for your continued help and support in such matters”

Member

“Well worth the annual subscription fee to get it right. “

“I have just handed my notice in with confidence thanks to the sound advice you have given me. My own research led me to draw very similar conclusions to you but having an expert like Colin Thomas to confirm my calculations is fantastic and well worth the annual subscription fee to get it right. “

Member

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