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Member Nominated Trustees

URPS is set up under trust in order to safeguard members’ benefits and to participate in the tax advantages available to registered pension schemes.  Because of its trust status, a Board of Trustees is appointed to be responsible for the overall management and administration of the Scheme. 

The Board of Trustees (five Trustees in total) includes two individuals who are active members of the Scheme themselves. These member Trustees are known as Member Nominated Trustees (or MNTs) and they have all chosen to become Trustees and been voted into place by other members of the Scheme.

MNT Vacancy 2022

MNTs are appointed for a fixed term and when that term of office comes to an end, we ask for volunteers to join the Trustee Board. 

A vacancy for an MNT has arisen so we are looking for a volunteer to join the Trustee Board. This will be from a date to be arranged but is expected to be mid to end of September. Please note the appointment will be for a fixed period of 3 years from the date of commencement.

You can find out more about the role of a Trustee, the MNT arrangements and how to apply in the documents below: 

URPS MNT Application Form

URPS MNT Role Description – this covers the duties and responsibilities and is the “job description”

URPS Person Specification – this document explains the skills and attributes needed in order to undertake the role of Trustee

URPS MNT Arrangements – here you can find out all about who is eligible to become a Trustee and details of the appointment procedure

URPS Role of the Trustee – a general description of the role of the Trustee

If you would like to apply for the role of Member Nominated Trustee, please complete the application form and return to the Secretary to the Trustees no later than 5pm on Friday 19 August 2022.

Before putting yourself forward, you may like to read the 'Guidance for trustees' from the Pensions Regulator, which can be found at www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/trustees

Should you have any queries regarding this vacancy, how to apply or would just like more information about becoming a Member Nominated Trustee, please contact the Secretary to the Trustees on s.a.may@reading.ac.uk.

Changes to MNT arrangements 2020

The Trustee Board carried out one of its regular reviews of the rules and process for appointing Member Nominated Trustees (MNTs) in July 2020 and a few changes were agreed. An overview of these changes can be found here - URPS MNT Rules and Process Changes July 2020 and the full details are available in the URPS MNT Rules July 2020.

Your Member Nominated Trustees

Members of the Fund who have been elected as Trustees of the Fund are as follows:

 Name  Email  End of appointment
 Miss Lisa Stone lisa.stone@henley.ac.uk  31/12/2023
 Mr Yanos Soubieski yanos.soubieski@reading.ac.uk  12/05/2025
What is a Trustee?

The Trustees administer the Scheme in accordance with legal documents which contain the framework of the Scheme, including the Trustees' powers and duties and set out the rights and interests of the beneficiaries.  The Trustees must act impartially at all times for all beneficiaries and not a particular class of beneficiary.

Much of the day to day duties are carried out or delegated to specialists appointed by the Trustees. These include the scheme administrator, our investment managers, legal adviser and investment consultant.  These are all supported by the University’s Pensions team.

Whilst you do not have to be a pensions expert, the law does require Trustees to have an understanding of the law relating to pensions and trusts, the funding of pension schemes and investment of scheme assets. There are civil and criminal penalties which may apply to Trustees who fail to exercise their statutory duties.

As a Trustee you have to act in accordance with legislation. For example, The Pensions Regulator has put in place requirements, known as the Trustee Knowledge and Understanding requirements and an MNT will have to be familiar and comply with these.