Workplace Pension Master Trust - Trustees

Options Workplace Pension Master Trust - Our trustee board

Our Workplace Pension Trust was established in October 2012 (branded as Options in 2019) with the primary objective of offering an Auto Enrolment solution to existing (and future) clients of Options.

Administration of the Scheme is performed by Options Corporate Pensions UK Limited, who are based in Milton Keynes and specialise in providing pension services and products to the UK market.

The current trustee board consists of MK Corporate Trustees UK Limited (affiliated trustee), Barry Parr (independent trustee) and Anthony Filbin, (independent trustee and the appointed independent Chair of the Trustee Board). The Trustee Board have a fully rounded knowledge of all aspects of pension administration, governance and trusteeship, and have many years of experience working within the Corporate Pensions Industry.

Ensuring your best interests and the safety of your savings
 
Our Options trustee board meets on a quarterly basis to ensure good governance standards are being maintained and to ensure members’ best interests are at the heart of what we do.  They’re also responsible for ensuring that your pension savings are invested securely. Although investments can go down as well as up, this does ensure savings are protected against fraud, theft or even the business failure of Options Corporate Pensions UK Limited.
 
Making sound decisions
 
We will invest your pension contributions, taking into account the investment decisions you may have already made. Where you don't make an investment decision, we’ll invest your contributions in what is called the Default Investment Option. We will review the strategy and investment performance of all funds in the scheme on a regular basis and ensure those funds remain suitable for the membership.
 
Our independent trustees additionally monitor the charges Options Corporate Pensions UK Ltd apply, to confirm they represent good value for the services we provide.
 
Trustee's Report and Chair's Statement
 
By the end of October each year, the Chair of the Trustees will produce a report detailing how the scheme is performing. This report includes::
 
Our opinion on whether you are getting good value
How core financial transactions are processed
Information relating to charges and transaction costs
 
Please click here for the latest copy of the Chair Statement. 
 
Statement of investment principles
 
The Statement of Investment Principles has been prepared by the trustees of the Options Workplace Pension Trust.
 
The statement details the principles which govern the decisions about investments that enable the trust to meet requirements of:
 
the Pensions Act 1995, as amended by the Pensions Act 2004
the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) Regulations 2005 as amended by the Occupational Pension Schemes (Investment) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 and the Occupational Pension Schemes (Charges and Governance) Regulations 2015
 
Please click here for the latest copy of the SIP
 
Independent audit assurance (Master Trust Assurance Framework)

Developed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales in conjunction with The Pensions Regulator - Master Trust Assurance is a voluntary framework providing an independent review against an industry-wide quality standard. It enables trustees to evaluate the quality of their pension scheme and demonstrates compliance with control objectives.

As a Master Trust, the Options Workplace Pension Trust receives this independent review. Our Board is very pleased to present its report detailing the control procedures that are in place for the Options Workplace Pension Trust. Please request a copy if you wish to read the latest Assurance Report.
 
Feedback
 
We always welcome your feedback on any matters regarding your pension arrangements. If you have any comments, please contact us by email and let us know your scheme name and member reference number workplacepensions@optionspensions.co.uk