Helen Dean CBE has today (1 May 2024) joined the Standard Life Master Trust Company board as Chair to oversee the interests of more than 300,000 Master Trust scheme members.

Reflecting on her new role Helen Dean CBE, said: “I’m looking forward to representing the interests of the scheme members in this new and exciting role for me. I’m incredibly passionate about financial wellbeing and pensions are a big part of that. Financial resilience is particularly important, but many people struggle to manage their own financial affairs, that’s why I believe so strongly in the trust model. My role and the role of the rest of the Master Trust Board is very clear. It is wholly and completely to look after the best interests of savers.

“Before I accepted this role, I had lots of conversations with people right across Standard Life and Phoenix Group, at all levels of the organisation.  I was left in no doubt that they are united in being committed to putting the member at the heart of everything they do. They understand that the key to a better business is great service and great member outcomes. The growth of the Standard Life Master Trust means that others are seeing this too. This is what inspires me and makes me want to be part of the team.”

As one of the pension industry’s most respected figures, Helen has led some of the most significant developments in pensions over the last two decades and is credited as the architect of the programme that delivered auto-enrolment in 2010. Helen was also instrumental in establishing a low-cost pension scheme for the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority (PADA), prior to it becoming NEST. Helen was CEO of Nest from 2015 until April this year. She was awarded a CBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for her services to saving.



Darragh Leeson
Standard Life


The SLMTC Board members:

  • Helen Dean CBE, Chair
  • Catherine McKenna
  • Andrew Davies
  • Caroline Escott
  • Gurmukh Hayre

About Standard Life 

  • Standard Life is a brand that has been trusted to look after peoples’ life savings for nearly 200 years 
  • Today it proudly serves millions of customers who come to Standard Life directly, through advisers and through their employers’ pension scheme.
  • Standard Life is part of the Phoenix Group, the largest long-term savings and retirement business in the UK. We’re proud to be building on nearly 200 years of Standard Life heritage together
  • Our products include a variety of Pensions, Bonds and Retirement options to suit people’s needs, helping our customers to invest and save for their future. We’re proud to offer a leading range of sustainable and responsible investment options.
  • We support our customers on their journey to and through retirement with comprehensive, easy-to-understand guidance so they can invest in the right way for their needs, and plan a future they feel confident about.
  • The value of investments can go down as well as up, and may be worth less than originally invested. 

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