Pension provider PensionBee has appointed Becky O’Connor as director of public affairs.
O’Connor joins with more than 20 years’ experience in personal finance journalism and communications, most recently as head of pensions and savings at investment platform Interactive Investor.
At Interactive Investor, she was responsible for raising the profile of the platform through media commentary on pension stories, thought leadership reports and campaigns.
Prior to this, O’Connor was personal finance specialist at Royal London, the mutual insurer.
She said: “I am pleased to be joining PensionBee at a time of strong growth and look forward to contributing to its already strong reputation as a trusted pension provider.
“I have long admired PensionBee’s customer-first approach, and the pioneering steps it has taken to give more people confidence about their pension savings.”
O’Connor added: “As the balance tips from defined benefit to defined contribution-based pension plans; as auto-enrolment meets multiple-job working lives, and as the sufficiency of private and state pension provision becomes an increasingly urgent issue to resolve, PensionBee is well-positioned to make it easier for people to take control of their retirement savings.’’
PensionBee said throughout her career, O’Connor has taken a creative approach to making complex financial issues more engaging, and is focused on promoting more sustainable financial choices.
As a former award-winning business and financial journalist for The Times, she co-founded ethical and sustainable personal finance website Good With Money in 2015, and wrote The ESG Investment Handbook, published in 2022 by Harriman House.
O’Connor is also chair of the Ethical Advisory Committee for Castlefield Investment Management, and was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2018 in recognition of her commitment to ethical and sustainable finance.
Romi Savova, chief executive officer of PensionBee, said: “We are delighted to welcome Becky to our team at PensionBee. Her extensive experience in personal finance and work championing more sustainable financial solutions further strengthens the existing blend of skills within our team.
“With Becky’s guidance and expertise, her appointment is a crucial next step in further supporting our mission to make pensions simple so that everyone can look forward to a happy retirement.”
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