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Tpas appoints new chairman

Tpas appoints new chairman

The Department for Work & Pensions has appointed Museji Ahmed Takolia as The Pensions Advisory Service’s new chairman.

He will be responsible for the overall direction of the organisation, having been selected for the wealth of experience he has working with the charitable sector, local and central government.

Mr Takolia is already the chairman of the National Employment Savings Trust’s members panel.

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Minister for pensions Ros Altmann said he brings a breadth of leadership experience across a range of public services “and his insights into the pension landscape will be invaluable”.

Mr Takolia said: “I look forward to leading the board and helping Tpas both rise to the challenge of changes in the pensions landscape and to help lead the next phase of its growth and development.”

He will take up the post on 1 February for a four-year term, replacing acting chairman Geoff Shanks, who stands down on 31 January.

Previous chairman Partha Dasgupta stood down from in September 2013 to “pursue personal interests”, having been appointed in January 2010 for three years and reappointed in January 2013 for a second three-year term.

The latest appointment was made following an open competition regulated by The Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments.

Tpas is an independent organisation that is grant-aided by the DWP.

It provides free information and guidance to the public on private pension matters delivered by a nationwide network of volunteer advisers and has delivered the phone-based side of the Pension Wise guidance service since last April.

peter.walker@ft.com