Client feedback


​Ian has added more value than we thought he would at the start… which shows it pays to go with someone who is doing the job of a professional trustee as their bread and butter.
Katherine Breading,
Tyser
​I would recommend them to anyone - I have dealt with a number of other independent trustee firms and would rate PSIT as the best. We are very happy with Mark and the service we get.
Julia Morton,
Camellia plc
These days, Boards need real expertise on tap (with excellent back-up) to cope with a constantly evolving and more regulated environment. HR Trustees is geared to delivering that.
Ray Pygott,
Partner at KPMG LLP
The trustee training was a very well-paced overview which gave opportunity to explore ideas and question more deeply at key points.
Paul Coley,
The Altro Pension and Life Scheme
​We are extremely pleased with the appointment we made. The way Ian and Kerry react to us and work with us is brilliant. We are very happy.
Katherine Breading,
Tyser
In my experience, not all professional trustees are able to cope with tricky or potentially confrontational situations. I find HR Trustees has massive experience in getting involved, earning the respect of others and resolving such issues. They get stuck in – they are a first rate team.
Katherine Dandy,
Partner at Sackers & Partners
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Sole trusteeship

It is increasingly hard to find committed and qualified trustees, so more and more pension schemes are appointing a sole professional trustee. This can be a cost-effective solution with sponsoring employers benefitting from regular, open dialogue.

Why appoint a sole trustee?

Our sole trustee schemes are defined benefit (DB), defined contribution (DC) or hybrid and many face common complexities and challenges, for example:

  • Agreeing a recovery plan that balances the interests of member security with sustainability of the pension scheme sponsor.
  • Implementing an investment strategy that reduces volatility but takes into account the sponsor’s risk appetite.
  • Experience of poor service standards or risk averse advice leading to high costs and/or ineffective solutions.
  • Past administration and documentation failings leading to incorrect benefit calculations, over/under payments that need to be dealt with and decisions to be made over potential litigation.
  • Ensuring value for members (VFM) in relation to DC benefits including an appropriate suite of investment choices and default fund to provide members with a good outcome.
  • Improving member communications so they can better understand and appreciate their options and benefits.
  • Complex historic benefit structures.
  • Ongoing litigation against a legal adviser, consultant and scheme actuary.
  • Escalating advisory fees that need to be better managed.
  • Handling complaints via the IDRP, from TPAS and the Pension Ombudsman.

Taking away the governance, day-to-day operations and cost of a full pension trustee board and replacing it with a skilled, dedicated professional sole trustee can make it a lot easier and efficient for everyone. An experienced sole trustee establishes the right focus and governance, provides wide market knowledge to draw on and ensures an effective working relationship with the pension scheme sponsor.

The value of a team

We have knowledge sharing, a team based approach that ensures at least two named individuals will have a detailed knowledge of your scheme and its activities. This ensures that, at any time, there are team members available familiar with your scheme available to respond to queries, manage the advisers and progress trustee business.

To discuss whether a sole trustee appointment is the right route for your pension scheme, please contact us.

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James Double

Head of Trusteeship

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