Wed, 24 July, 2024

Andrew Watson


Posted: August 3rd, 2022

ANDREW Watson has been a member-nominated trustee for more than 20 years. He has a deep knowledge of the workings of the MGN Pension Scheme Trustee Board, having served on several of its committees – encompassing areas such as governance and management. Andrew has the distinction of being appointed deputy chairman under three trustee board chairmen.

Passionate about music, as a boy he played in the prestigious National Youth Brass Band of Scotland. He went straight from school to work as a junior photographer on the local paper, and spent most of his career on the Daily Record, first as a photographer, and then as night picture editor, before he left in 2014.

Andrew found it particularly harrowing covering the famine caused by the civil war in Somalia. He was also sent as a photographer to cover the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. The images he captured then still haunt him today.

Since leaving the Daily Record, Andrew has volunteered at his local hospice, and worked part-time with the out of hours doctors’ service in Forth Valley, Central Scotland. “I am very grateful to our amazing NHS which took great care of me when I needed it most – in 2017 when I had major heart surgery,” says Andrew. “This is my way of saying thank you.”

Andrew spends much of his time on his duties as a trustee of the MGN Pension Scheme. “Put simply, my job – and the job of everyone on the trustee board – is to make sure our pensioners get what they are due and when they are due it. A duty all the trustees take very seriously.”

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