UK - Mark Hyde Harrison, the current chief executive of the Barclays UK Retirement Fund, has been named the new chairman of the UK's National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF).

The appointment comes as Lindsay Tomlinson, the current chair, approaches the end of his two-year term.

Harrison will assume his new role 21 October, at the organisation's annual general meeting.

Tomlinson said his successor would lead the NAPF during an "intense" period for pension funds.

He added: "He will be an excellent chairman and I wish him every success in his new role."

Hyde Harrison highlighted the NAPF's recent successes, pointing to its lobbying efforts on tax changes, as well as state pension reform.

"But there are further challenges ahead, and with auto-enrolment just over a year away, the face of pension provision in the UK will change fundamentally," he said.

Hyde Harrison has been chief executive at the £19bn Barclays UK Retirement Fund for the past five years, a role created when he assumed the position having served as chief investment officer.

He joined Barclays in 1988, having worked in the US and Canada, as well as acting as UK sales director for Barclays Life, Pension and Investment products.

He has been a member of the NAPF Investment Council since 2006.