The National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) is boosting its advisory service to UK pensions funds which are coming under government pressure to use their institutional voting rights to challenge company board decisions particularly over directors' remuneration.

It has appointed Christopher Bald-ry, previously with Shell Pensions Investments in the UK, as a consultant to its voting issues service and has also reached an agreement with Institutional Shareholder Services, the largest US-based proxy advisory and corporate governance firm to provide services to NAPF members at reduced rates. The association is currently working to devise an agreed approach to the issue of institutional voting.