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Who we are

Our people

Our People



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 the FPS Company Secretary, a Director on the Board 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 of Staff

Joanne Fitton-Bates

Head of Digital & Brand

David Roberts

Roadshow Manager

Position Vacant

Office Manager

Charlie King

Head of Pensions

Mike Davis

Deputy Head of Pensions

Wendy Bandeira

Senior Pension Adviser

Terry Anderson

Pension Adviser

Alisa Lakeman-Ford

Pension Adviser

Charlotte Cooper

Pension Adviser

Neil Knowles

Pension Adviser

Nick Moody

Pension Adviser

Colin Thomas

Pension Adviser

Andy Straw

Head of Membership

Paddy Butler

Deputy Head of Membership

Harsha Vadgama

Membership Adviser

Ceri Ball

Membership Adviser

Our council

Sir Gerry Berragan KBE


Claire Foxley
Bill Mahon
David Marsh CBE
Bill Moore CBE
Nicky Murdoch MBE
Paul Quinn OBE
Graeme Spark MBE
Jonathan Wheeler OBE
Jonny Westbrooke
Anna Wright

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 eleven 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 quarterly 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 A&R committees meet quarterly between Board meetings; the P&R Committee meets annually.

The FPS Chief Executive and COS attend (and act as the secretariat) for all Governance Committees.

What we are

The not-for-profit military
pension watchdog

The Forces Pension Society is an independent, not-for-profit organisation
that acts as the 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 is at the very heart of the Society’s ethos, history and reputation.


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


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

What our members say


“Many thanks for the email and the extremely comprehensive response. It has been invaluable.”


“Thank you”

“Thank you for your time and advice, would you also pass on my thanks to those who come out and give briefings at unit level as it was them who planted the seeds.”

Roadshow attendee

“All very clear”

“Thank you for this information. It has made it all very clear; unlike anything the MOD has to offer!”


“Superb service”

“Thanks for being so helpful and providing a superb service – I will continue to sing the praises of the Forces Pension Society.”



“I learnt a great deal and I am very grateful that you have been able to go over and double-check the figures for me. I feel most reassured.”


“Very comprehensive answers”

“I have been spreading the word about the great work you and the Team do and hope you have a few new members as a result.”


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