The Group is seeking three Elected Trustees to join the Group Trustee Board for a term of five years beginning 1 April 2023. The ballot will open on 6 January 2023 and will close on 6 February 2023 at 23:59.

Ballot papers including candidates’ information will be issued by Civica Election Services in early January and members who are eligible to vote (Contributing and Pensioner members of the Group) will be able to vote either online or via post.

Who is standing for election this time?

Seven members have now formally stated their intention to stand for election.

The candidates

Ian Braine

You can read Ian's statement here.

Paul Hernaman

You can read Paul's statement here.

Henry Lu

You can read Henry's statement here.

Yogesh Nakarja

You can read Yogesh's statement here.

Linda Ryan

You can read Linda's statement here.

Anthony Salisbury

You can read Anthony's statement here.

Andrew Wainwright

You can read Andrew's statement here.

Candidates’ election statements will also be enclosed with the voting papers issued to members in early January 2023.

Contributing and Pensioner members are eligible to vote and can vote for whomever they like, irrespective of the member category they, or their preferred candidate(s) is/are in.

The election timeline

Please click here for the timeline for the 2023 election. 

Election guide 2023

Please click here for a copy of the Group Trustee Election Guide 2023.

The voting process

Each member who is eligible to vote is given one vote, and ballot papers are completed by placing the seven candidates in order of preference, i.e. by using the figures ‘1’, ‘2’, ‘3’ and so on. Figure ‘1’ is mandatory and represents your first choice (this is your actual vote). The remaining figures are optional, but important, as they can influence the final result.

Once the ballot has closed, the quota for election is determined – this is the number of votes a candidate needs to be elected and is calculated according to a simple mathematical formula. Any candidate elected with more votes than needed (i.e. above the quota) has surplus votes transferred to the remaining candidates – again using a set formula. If no candidate reaches the quota in the first round, the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated, and the votes for that candidate are also transferred. Using the preferential order avoids votes being wasted as would be the case in a first-past-the-post election.

It is important to remember that under no circumstances can a later preference count against an earlier preference and that not recording preferences can limit the voter’s influence on the election result.

Online voting

Group members will have the option to cast their vote online as an alternative to completing and returning a ballot paper. Look out for further information on e-voting, which will be issued with the election information in early 2023. Civica Election Services will issue the election information.

The results

The new Elected Trustees will be announced in March 2023, initially on the Group’s website and later in the Summer issue of Pensions Brief. New Elected Trustees will be appointed from 1 April 2023 and attend their first Group Trustee meeting in June 2023.


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