Posted: December 31st, 2016
ANDREW WATSON – former Daily Record photographer and night picture editor – has retired as pension trustee at the end of his elected term as a ‘B’ director (a member-nominated director [deferred]).
At the AMP’s Scottish annual meeting, his former colleagues thanked him and paid tribute to his years of work on their behalf as a trustee over the past 15 years.
Andrew writes: “As I’m now in receipt of my MGN pension and no longer a deferred member, my status has changed to that of a (very young) pensioner.
“I reckon that during my term of office I’ve been the most travelled member of the trustee board, covering well over 100,000 miles – with early starts and late finishes par for the course.
“As well as being a member of the board, I’ve also been active on its governance, management and business review committees, and I served as deputy chairman of the board for several years.
“Although there have been many changes since I started, our role as trustees is simple – to make sure pensions are paid to our members on time and for as long as they are due to be paid.
“But it’s not quite that simple !
“There have been times when difficult decisions have had to be taken, but rest assured these decisions have been made in the best interests of all members and after taking expert advice from our great team of professional advisors.
“Hopefully I may be able to return to work with my fellow trustees at some point in the future – in another capacity – and use the knowledge gained over many years to the benefit of all our pension scheme members.
“On a personal note, I’ve a challenging time ahead early in the New Year when I’m due to undergo major heart surgery, and a (hopefully) not too lengthy recovery period.
“It has been a privilege serving as one of your trustees for so many years, and having your support and confidence to allow me to do so. For this privilege I say ‘Thank you’.”
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