We are pleased to announce that Ann Rigby has been promoted to Chair of the Board of Directors of BESTrustees.

Ann, who has been on the BESTrustees board since May 2021, is an extremely experienced professional trustee and has over 25 years’ experience as a leader in the pensions industry. She joined BESTrustees in 2013 after 10 years as a scheme actuary and will assume her new role as Chair at the end of Q2 2023, when Zahir Fazal steps down.

We are delighted to be promoting from within and this is a natural evolution in the running of our company. Our focus has always been on good corporate governance as well as succession planning as we grow. Zahir Fazal will step down as Chair after four years, but we will not be losing his experience and wisdom. He will remain in an ambassadorial role and also as one of BESTrustees’ 30 professional trustees with a very full portfolio of schemes.

“I am delighted to be taking over as Chair from Zahir, who has made such a huge contribution to our business. This is a very interesting time for the sector. We have retained our independent status when other providers have consolidated and lost theirs. We have a top-class group of professional trustees here with a big future ahead of us and I am thrilled to have been chosen to lead the company at this really exciting time.”
Ann Rigby

“Leading this company for the last four years has been a huge privilege, but I feel now is the right time to be handing over the baton. In my time as Chair, we have widened the skills base of our trustees, taking on trustees from a wide range of disciplines, adding even more core knowledge and experience to our firm. Given Ann and I worked closely together on the BESTrustees board for those years, I know she has the vision and leadership skills to fulfil our potential.”
Zahir Fazal