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Independent Chair of LifeSight Ireland Master Trust appointed

LifeSight Ireland is WTW Ireland’s defined contribution master trust pension solution for employees and employers 

DUBLIN, 25 July 2022: LifeSight Ireland Trustees DAC (LITD), trustee to WTW Ireland’s defined contribution master trust pension solution for employees and employers, has announced the appointment of Ciarán Long as Independent Chair.

In his new role, Ciarán will lead the growth of the LifeSight Ireland master trust, which enables employers to benefit from high-quality, lower risk, market-competitive pension provision without the governance burden for trustees. LifeSight uses simple-to-use online and mobile support tools as well as global and local experts to actively improve members’ retirement outcomes.  

Ciarán is an experienced Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair of Board Risk and Audit Committees in Life Assurance and General Insurance companies. An Actuary by training, Ciarán’s executive and management career has been focused on Pensions, Life Assurance and Banking. He has also managed Board governance issues in large complex regulatory and plc environments, while serving as a Company Secretary, during a period of extensive restructuring and regulatory intervention in financial services. 

In addition to being a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland, Ciarán is also a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management and a Certified Bank Director. He has a Diploma from the Institute of Directors Chartered Director Programme and an MSc in Business Administration from Trinity College Dublin.  

Commenting on the appointment, Maria Quinlan Head of LifeSight Ireland stated, “This is an important appointment for LifeSight Ireland, and I am delighted to welcome Ciarán as Independent Chair. Ciarán has a wealth of experience and a real focus on improving members’ engagement, understanding and retirement outcomes in Ireland. Independence is a strong part of our proposition which is reflected heavily in our investment approach, advice to members and is now further enhanced by the appointment of Ciaran to the Board.” 

Speaking about his new position, Ciarán Long said, “One of the key things that attracted me to LifeSight was the global experience of developing a successful master trust and the learnings and tools which can be used in the development of the solution here in Ireland. My main priorities are: 

  1. Focusing on member expectations and retirement outcomes,  
  2. Ensuring a forward-looking risk-based approach is taken in the management of the Master Trust, and  
  3. Working with the business to ensure that its business model and focus is developed over time for the benefit of all its participating members.”

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