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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority Local Pensions Board was set up under the Public Services Pensions Act of 2013, to assist the scheme Manager in complying with the regulations and governance of the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes.

The table below sets out the various functions relating to the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes and who is responsible for exercising those functions.



Responsible Body

National Level

Provision of advice to the responsible authority, scheme manager and Local Pension Board

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board

Regulation of all work-based pensions.

The Pensions Regulator

Local Level

Scheme Manager for Firefighters’ Pensions Scheme

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority

Provision of advice and support to the Scheme Manager

Local Pensions Board

Exercise of Discretion under the Schemes

The full Authority, the Human Resources Management & Development Committee or the Chief Fire Officer depending on the actual discretion.

Accountable Principal Officer


Day-to-day Management and Administration of the Schemes

Peninsula Pensions



Local Pensions Board Members


The Local Pensions Board must have an equal number of employer and member representatives. The minimum for the whole Board is 4.


Employer representatives are appointed directly by the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority (as Scheme Manager). The Authority has determined that, for member representatives, a selection process should be undertaken and the responsibility for undertaking this has been delegated to the Director of People and Commercial Services.

Our Employer Representatives:


Mike Pearson

Board Chair

Director of Corporate Services


Amy Webb

Director of Finance


Councillor Brian Greenslade

Fire Authority Member

Our Member Representatives


Andy Hallam

Local Risk Manager at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service


Peter Redbourn

Former Station Manager at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service


Bob Walker

Watch Manager, Co-responding & Policy Officer at Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.


Conflicts of Interest Forms

Conflicts of Interest Forms for Pension board members can be found below:

Board Member Training

Board members are invited to attend Local Government Association conferences and seminars relating to Firefighters' Pension Schemes and Administration.

In addition to this, Board members complete the training modules on The Pensions Regulator website. The evidence for completion of these can be found below:

Additional training logs:

Peninsula Pensions

The Firefighters' Pensions Schemes are administered by Peninsula Pensions (until the end of March 2018), who can assist with specific queries and general enquiries about the Schemes.

If you have a question about your Firefighters Pensions Scheme, you can contact Peninsula Pensions in the following ways:

Telephone 01392 38300 Option 2 for Pensions


Change of administrator for Firefighters Pension Scheme members


The Authority has recently undergone a procurement process for the administration of Firefighters’ Pension Schemes. West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) was appointed the new Scheme administrator and payroll (for those in receipt of a pension) provider, starting on 1 April 2018.


West Yorkshire Pension Fund is the third largest of 89 local authority pension funds with over 400 employers in the fund. They have over 30 years’ experience of Fire Pension Schemes with over 12,000 Scheme members. They currently provide a pension administration service to West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Humberside, Lincolnshire, Royal Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Authorities.  For further information on West Yorkshire Pension Fund you can visit the website at


A significant amount of work is now underway to hand over from the current provider, Peninsula Pensions, to West Yorkshire Pension Fund, in order to seamlessly transfer the data and set up the new provision from 1 April 2018.


If any firefighter employee is thinking of retiring over the next couple of months and requires a pension quotation, due to the significant amount of work involved with the change of provider, you are asked to contact the pension team at Peninsula Pensions at an early stage with potential dates etc. in order to avoid any unnecessary delay in getting your requested information. The Peninsula Pensions contact details can be found at  

Should you have a pensions query up until 1 April 2018 you will need to contact the current pension administrator, Peninsula Pensions. From 1 April 2018 all pension queries should be directed towards West Yorkshire Pension Fund. Further information will be provided to you in due course and West Yorkshire Pension Fund will also contact you directly nearer the transfer date with a detailed welcome letter.


Peninsula Pensions will continue to provide Pensions Administration and Payroll for Local Government Pensions Scheme members.

The change in administrator Communications Strategy can be found here.


Other Useful Documents and Links:

Quick guide to Public Service Pension Boards
Pensions Regulator

Terms of Reference

Conflict of Interest Policy

Reporting breaches



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