UK lifeboat fund announces DVLA boss as new CEO

first_imgBefore joining the DVLA, he was keeper of The National Archives and previously worked at Thomson Reuters in a range of roles, including global head of sales operations.PPF chairman, Arnold Wagner, said: “I am delighted someone of Oliver’s calibre has decided to join the PPF.“We have a proven team at the PPF and his leadership will ensure that the PPF enters the next phase of its development well placed to continue to protect the millions of people in the UK who belong to defined benefit pension schemes.”Morley said the PPF’s mission strongly attracted him to the role. ”The PPF plays a fundamental role in the pensions’ landscape, protecting the retirement savings of millions of people,” he said. “The PPF is now an organisation with over £30bn in assets and over 250,000 members and I will ensure that these members, as well as the schemes across the UK that pay the levy, are well served.”The PPF announced Rubenstein’s departure in July. He has led the lifeboat fund as its chief executive since April 2009. During his tenure the PPF won several IPE awards, and Rubenstein himself was recognised for his work with a Lifetime Achievement award at the IPE Awards last month.The UK’s pension fund association welcomed Morely’s appointment and thanked Rubenstein for his contribution.Julian Mund, chief executive of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, said: “As chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund since April 2009, [Rubenstein] has worked hard to build confidence in the industries lifeboat and helped to ensure that individuals are protected should the worst happen and their scheme fail.“We look forward to working closely with Oliver Morley and his team in the future as we focus on safeguarding the retirement savings of millions of people.” Morley will be the PPF’s fourth chief executive. See IPE’s December 2017 magazine for an interview with Alan Rubenstein Oliver Morely is to take over from Alan Rubenstein as chief executive of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the £28.7bn (€32.2bn) lifeboat fund announced today.Morely will join in March from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), where he has been chief executive since 2013.Morely has led a digital and organisational overhaul of the DVLA, which maintains a database of drivers and vehicles in Great Britain and the UK, respectively. The DVLA is one of the UK’s biggest multi-channel service organisations, with over 45m customers, 402.5m digital interactions, and £6bn in revenue collected for the UK government per year.Morely was recognised for his digital services work at the DVLA by being awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the UK’s 2017 New Year honours.last_img read more

Hydro eyes mid-July as start date for Site C work to begin

first_imgThe First Nation’s Leadership Council is now on record as extremely concerned construction will commence prior to the July 20 beginning of the Federal Court challenge by the Treaty 8 Nations and other dam opponents who are seeking a judicial review of Ottawa’s decision to support the project.Robert Phillips of the First Nations Summit political executive says, “The provincial government seems to have tunnel vision when it comes to building this project.”Phillips adds, “By denying the Treaty 8 First Nations their day in court, the government is making an outright statement it is above democratic rights and the judicial system.”However, Mr. Conway says, “We can’t speculate on where the court cases will go or how long they will take.Advertisement A news release from the First Nation’s Leadership Council last week suggested July could be the month when push comes to shove in the debate over the construction of the Peace River Site C dam.It said the Treaty 8 First Nations had received notice from BC Hydro that as early as July 6 — five days prior to the tenth annual Paddle for the Peace protest event — construction work could begin at the project site.However, spokesman Dave Conway still says the exact date will depend on when Hydro gets back permits to start work on Crown land.- Advertisement -“It’s not our intent to do any work until probably mid-July,” Conway said.“That type of work would be things like initial mobilization, site preparation, things like fencing, getting security down to site, nothing on the large side.”Conway added: “We still have the main civil works contract that’s out. We have four short-listed proponents for that and that’s the actual contract for the construction of the dam. We hope to be able to name a preferred proponent… this fall.”Advertisement “We’re continuing to do the things we can do, conscious of moving forward in a slow and measured manner, and we’ll see what the outcome of the court cases are.”We note again Hydro is hosting a series of July open houses in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd and Dawson Creek, to provide more information to the public about its construction planning.It should also be noted these meetings are in addition to the forthcoming Hydro job fairs in Fort St. John, Chetwynd, and Tumbler Ridge.More information is available from the local Chamber of Commerce office at 250-785-6037 or the project website at sitecproject.com.last_img read more

Danny Murphy: Liverpool must make these signings this month…

first_imgDanny Murphy has told Jurgen Klopp he must be active in the January transfer window to get Liverpool’s top four challenge back on track.Klopp revealed in December that he is reluctant to make any major signings mid-season as he wants to give the current squad the chance to make their mark.But after seeing his former club start the New Year with a disappointing 2-0 defeat at West Ham, Murphy says the German must alter his stance and bring in reinforcements.“I am looking at Liverpool to bring in a few because they really need to finish in the top four,” said the ex-England international, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think they need a goalkeeper, a centre-half and maybe if you could get someone in on loan with a bit of pace. Someone you could nick who is not playing in one of the big teams, maybe.“Most importantly, though, they need a centre-half because I think they look vulnerable.”Klopp is expected to make his first signing at Anfield this week, with Marko Grujic on the verge of a £5m move to Merseyside.But the 19-year-old is expected to be loaned back to Red Star Belgrade until the summer before linking up with the Liverpool squad next season.last_img read more

Zine responds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLos Angeles City Council A new kind of jail Sheriff Lee Baca wants $400 million to $800 million to build a new “state-of-the-art” jail to replace the aging Men’s Central Jail. Maybe the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors could just order Baca to get plans from Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on how to build a new jail. Contact the military, order some “state-of-the-art” tents and chain-link fence, along with some pink jail outfits and plenty of peanut butter and bologna for “state-of-the-art” meals. So far this has worked fine for Arizona, with even the American Civil Liberties Union remaining quiet. Sheriff Arpaio said, “If the tents are good enough for our troops, they are good enough for the inmates.” There is plenty of vacant land in L.A. County to build this new jail at a savings of millions. How about that, Sheriff Baca? – Kevin Eliason Santa Clarita Higher standard Government workers are paid a higher wage and given more benefits because, we are told, they are the best of the best. These workers are so in demand that we have to pony up extra bucks to attract them. When some of these same employees break the law by using their position for financial gain, they are treated with kid gloves. Time and again we hear the a government employee is on “paid administrative leave” until the charges are sorted out against that person. Government employees are paid to a higher standard and should be held to a higher standard as well. Stealing from the government is stealing from the public. When government employees are found to have broken the law, they should immediately be taken off the payroll and prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law. They should also forfeit all pension and health-care benefits. The best of the best should suffer the best of the best of our laws. – Bill Merriman Tujunga School tragedy What is wrong with our school system these days? Recently one of Saugus High’s honor students was kicked out for not living in the area. She was a cheerleader and a straight-A student. Does the school board have nothing else to do than to listen to a very jealous cheerleader who wanted that girl out? The student spent all her savings on the uniforms and is so upset that the family is thinking of therapy. The girl lives in Aqua Dulce and now will have to go to Aqua Dulce High, which is a school that nobody should have to go to. Another great kid wasted by stupid rules. – Terese Manzano Santa Clarita An NFL slap The National Football League will allow a moment of silence for slain football player Sean Taylor this weekend, but can’t take a moment to play the national anthem to honor our brave men and women in the military during the Pittsburgh Steelers/Miami Dolphins football game because of corporate greed. This will not go unnoticed by our troops. This is just another slap at the brave men and women who are fighting and dying. – Jerry Pennington Van Nuys Believer replies Re “He’s changed” (Letters, Nov. 27): Maybe Morris Schorr believes God is untrustworthy because Schorr doesn’t believe in him. I have no problem with God. I’ll take him over anything else any day. Also, the motto “In God We Trust” is on the other side of the presidential coins. -Luella Noonan Burbank160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “…and phony charity” (Our opinions, Nov. 20): What the Daily News failed to report is that if I “reject” this raise (which I did not ask for), the money will not be disbursed into the city’s general fund, where it is sorely needed, but to my general office account. I redirected the money toward charitable organizations that could make good use of my contribution for their worthy causes. Yes, I benefit from the increase by a tax deduction and goodwill with my community. The charity will also benefit financially. There’s nothing “phony” about it. – Councilman Dennis P. Zine last_img read more

Things To Do

first_imgReverend Bill & the Soul Believers will perform, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at the Jazz & Blues Concert Series on Town Center Drive adjacent to the Hyatt in Valencia. Call (661) 290-2911. “Arsenic and Old Lace” will be preesented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. “Don’t Dress For Dinner” will be presented, 8 p.m Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through June 17 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “The World of Beauty and the Beast” will be presented, 2 p.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Sundays through July 2 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $8-$13. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Moonlight hike, 8 p.m. Friday at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Place3rita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Fun in the Sun Chili Cook-off will honor the Law Enforcement Torch Run and benefit local Special Olympics, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday at Jack Bones Equestrian Center at pitchess Detention Center, 29310 The Old Road, Castaic. Admission: $5 adults, $3 children. Call Stephanie Wilke at (661) 295-8812. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m. every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Beauty and the Beast” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by the Santa Clarita Ballet, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia.Call (661) 251-6844 for tickets. Raising the Bar gymnastics spectacular, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Waller’s GymJam Academy, 26515 Ruether Ave., Canyon Country. Tickets: $15-$25. Call (661) 251-3390. Crazy Hat & Crazy Shirt Bingo Night for individuals with disabilities, 7-9 p.m. Saturday at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center, 28304 Constellation Road, Valencia. Call (661) 702-8555. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Wendy Langhans at (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Grateful Dudes will perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Spring Home Garden & Landscape Tour to honor the troops overseas, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at private homes across Santa Clarita. Call (661) 252-3584 “Bowling for Youts” will benefit the Santa Clarita Youth Project, noon and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Valencia Lanes, 23700 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 257-9688 to register a team. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262 or e-mail her at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more