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Independent Governance Committee

Zurich has established an Independent Governance Committee (IGC) to work in the interests of members of its workplace pension schemes.

The core role of the Independent Governance Committee (IGC) is to assess the value for money provided by Zurich for people who are saving for retirement.

The IGC will act solely in the interests of scheme members and will operate independently of Zurich. The IGC Committee will assess, and where necessary, challenge Zurich on the value for money of workplace personal pension schemes by assessing:

• How your money is invested;
• How your pension fund is growing;
• Whether service is good; and
• What charges are being taken from your pension fund.

I believe the work of Independent Governance Committee’s like ours is important to give you the confidence and encouragement that you need to save for your retirement. This is a key challenge for the UK because for most of us state pension provision alone will not provide the standard of living in later life which we expect. Saving into a pension scheme is the best way of addressing this.


Laurie Edmans CBE, Chair of the Zurich IGC

Who is on Zurich UK's IGC?

The Zurich Independent Governance Committee is wholly independent, as measured against the guidance on independence set out by the Financial Conduct Authority. 

Laurie Edmans

Laurie Edmans CBE, Chairman

Laurie has wide experience in leading pensions and life assurance businesses and was a founder board member of NEST, of the Pensions Regulator and of the Money Advice Service. He chairs the defined contribution pension plan for Trinity Mirror plc. He was appointed CBE in 2006 for services to pensions reform.
Anna Bradle

Anna Bradley

Anna is a long-standing consumer advocate. Anna worked at Which? for many years, and is a former CEO of The National Consumer Council. Anna also chairs consumer oversight bodies in a variety of other sectors, including health, water and rail.
Ken Hogg

Ken Hogg

Ken Hogg is a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries with more than two decades of executive experience in the life insurance industry. Ken was also formerly a Director of the Insurance Sector at the Financial Services Authority – the predecessor of the Financial Conduct Authority.
Virginia Holmes

Virginia Holmes - Resignation effective from 30 March 2017

Virginia brings valuable pension and investment expertise to the IGC from both executive and non-executive experience with some of the UK’s largest pension schemes, including those of the Universities Superannuation Scheme, the Post Office, and British Airways.
Robert Laslett

Robert Laslett, CBE

Robert brings extensive regulatory experience to the IGC, as a previous director at the Office of Fair Trading and the Department for Work and Pensions, where he was also Chief Economist for Pensions. Robert is also a member of the Civil Aviation Authority Consumer Panel.

The IGC Chair produces an annual report as a public document making the IGC’s work transparent to scheme members and other stakeholders.

The Terms of Reference for the IGC sets out the role of the committee, and the rules and procedures by which it operates.

You can get in touch with the IGC by emailing them.