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The SHPS Committee

 The Structure of the SHPS Committee

The composition of the Committee will change with effect from 1 October 2015.
The SHPS Committee currently consists of:

  • Three members nominated and elected by employers;
  • Three members nominated and elected by active and deferred members;
  • One member nominated and elected by the Scheme's pensioners;
  • One member nominated by the National Housing Federation;
  • One member nominated by Community Housing Cymru.

Additional members can be co-opted to the Committee, usually for their  expertise in a specific area. 

  • Committee members retire by rotation every two years.

The SHPS Committee Members

Colin Small (Chair) Management Consultant to RSL sector; formerly Festival Housing Group
Liz Hughes Formerly Executive Director Resourcing: Metropolitan Housing Trust
Douglas Cuthbertson Formerly Group Company Secretary: the ISOS Group
Robert Stenlake (Vice Chair) Nominated by Teesdale Housing Association
Yvonne Wilkinson Nominated by Community Housing Cymru
Nick Horne Group Chief Executive: Arcadia Housing Group
Richard Sheppard Pensioner; formerly Raglan Housing Association
Simon Charlick Nominated by the National Housing Federation
Stephen Duckworth Co-opted
Ruth Cooke Co-opted; Chief Executive, Midland Heart
Ian Ward

Formerly Head of ICT: Regenda Ltd

The Role of the SHPS Committee

The Committee meets four times a year, usually in Leeds; additional meetings are scheduled if required. The responsibilities of the Committee are:

  • to monitor the administration of the Scheme;
  • to ensure the benefits provided by the Scheme comply with legislation;
  • to ensure the Scheme is financially secure;
  • to make necessary changes to the Scheme to comply with legislation;
  • to monitor the investment performance of the Scheme;
  • to receive the actuarial valuations and accounts for the Scheme.

Sub-committees deal with items like employers joining or leaving SHPS, investment
de-risking, and appeals from members against decisions on complaints. Working parties are set up as required to deal with specified topics - a recent example is assessing employer covenant. Committee members are expected to participate in sub-committees and working parties so the time commitment can be higher than four committee meetings might suggest.

Interested in becoming a committee member?

  • Elections took place in Summer 2013. Liz Hughes was elected in the member ballot, and Colin Small was re-elected by employers. The next elections will be held in 2015.