UK – The National Association of Pension Funds has named Joanne Segars of the Association of British Insurers to the new role of policy director.

“As director of policy, she will lead a team researching, analysing and developing NAPF policy on a range of pensions and pension fund investment issues,” the NAPF said in a statement.

Segars will also deputise for chief executive Christine Farnish. The role was created as part of an internal reorganisation.

“Joanne is rightly seen as a leading figure in the pensions community, and I am delighted that she will be joining us at this crucial time,” Farnish said. “Pensions are at the top of the political agenda, and are set to be a key area of debate ahead of the forthcoming general election and beyond.

“The work of the NAPF is at the centre of this debate, and Joanne’s knowledge and expertise will be valuable assets to us in informing and influencing policy.”

“The NAPF has taken a lead in championing workplace pensions and in ensuring that trustees invest funds prudently and responsibly,” Segars added. We need a durable pensions settlement in the UK with a central role for workplace pensions. The NAPF is well positioned to influence the debate and exert real leadership in the period ahead.”

Segars has been head of pensions and savings at the ABI since 2001, and was previously senior pensions policy officer at the Trades Union Congress.

An ABI spokeswoman said the recruitment process has started for her replacement but would not comment on whether it would be an internal or external appointment.