Reason for the Formation of the Halcrow Pensioners Association
The takeover of Halcrow by CH2M Hill has illustrated the need for members of the Halcrow Pension Scheme to have a forum for action other than the administrative staff and trustees of the scheme, in order to deal with upcoming issues related to protecting scheme members common interests. There are several reasons why a pensioners’ association will be beneficial, as summarised below:
- eyes and ears to keep in touch with moves by CH2M Hill and HPS
- a communication forum that is not restricted by non-disclosure agreements that may be applied to HPS
- a coordinated approach to questioning the activities of CH2M Hill, Halcrow and HPS
- a coordinated approach to dealing with the Pensions Regulator and, if the worst comes to the worst, the Pension Protection Fund
- the formation of a Halcrow pensioners association has been suggested by a leading pensions lawyer (who acted on behalf of pensioners in the Maxwell case)
HPA was born out of the failure to ensure that the interests of the members of the Halcrow Pension Scheme were safeguarded in the sale of Halcrow to CH2M Hill. There is more of the background here and the transcript of the court hearing makes interesting reading.
HPA is open to all members of HPS whatever their pension scheme status. It is easy to join: Details on how to pay your membership and subscribe to newsletters are here.
Contacting the Halcrow Pensions Administration Team
The HPA Committee
The HPA Management Committee comprises: Edward Evans (Chairman); Jane Tordoff (Secretary); Malcolm Bennett (Treasurer); John Ratsey (Webmaster); Stephen Brichieri-Colombi; Brian Finney; Jon Bateman; Phil Johnson and Bill Lovett (co-opted).
Latest news (updated March 2017)
Newsletter No. 26 has been published
It includes notice of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.
Newsletter No. 25 has been published
It contains a summary of news during the past few months.
Newsletter No. 24 has been published
It contains a summary of HPA's efforts over recent months.
Newsletter No. 23 has been published
It contains an updted analysis of the four options available to HPS members.
Newsletter No. 22 has been published
It contains an analysis of the four options available to HPS members and also sets out the current HPA objectives.
Newsletter No. 21 has been published
The main news is that the application to the Upper Tribunal had to be withdrawn due to the news that the parties to the proposed Regulated Apportionment Arrangement (RAA) in respect of the HPS would vigorously oppose a hearing. Also the HPS trusteee has deferred the deadline for option selection.
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