Sun, 14 August, 2022


Chris Rushton

Posted: August 3rd, 2022

CHRIS Rushton was elected a member-nominated trustee director of the MGN Pension Scheme in 2018. He has found the role both interesting and challenging.

He takes a strong interest in the financial and editorial claims made by Reach. He has been appointed to MGNPS’s Accounts Review Committee, and is on the working group managing the external relations work generated by the current stand-off with the company on the Scheme’s valuation.

Career-wise, Chris started out on the MGN Graduate Training Scheme in Plymouth, and then moved north to become a news sub on the Daily Record in Glasgow. An activist in the National Union of Journalists, he became the Glasgow chapel’s first pensions representative. He left the Record after being heavily involved in the long-running workforce “Maxwell” strike in 1986.

He then started a PR and design company, serving both public and voluntary sectors. He also kept his hand in as a sub on Saturday night shifts on the Sunday Mail.

Chris lives in Morpeth, Northumberland, and has served on various boards and committees for voluntary bodies in the North East. In 1990 he became assistant editor of the Sunday Sun. He became editor 14 months later, and held that position for seven years.

He has been a chief examiner for the National Council for the Training of Journalists, and also works with other educational bodies. He is an independent member of the Service Complaints Panel of the Ministry of Defence, and has also held public appointments at the Ministry of Justice, Department for Education and the Home Office.

“When I was the pensions rep at the Daily Record I realised the importance of having financial security when your career is over.

“I was editor of a paper outside Mirror Group when Maxwell’s fraud was discovered. I’ll never forget the anger and disgust it caused. Stealing a person’s pension has to be one of the lowest forms of crime.

“The AMP did a fantastic job to get us where we are now. But we still have some way to go to be sure that the people at Reach plc don’t become more enthusiastic about securing dividends and bonuses than pensions.”

 

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