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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority Local Pensions Board was set up under the Public Services Pensions Act of 2013, to assist the scheme manager in complying with the regulations and governance of the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes.

The table below sets out the various functions relating to the Firefighters' Pensions Schemes and who is responsible for exercising those functions.



Responsible Body

National Level

Provision of advice to the responsible authority, scheme manager and Local Pension Board

The Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Advisory Board

Regulation of all work-based pensions.

The Pensions Regulator

Local Level

Scheme Manager for Firefighters’ Pensions Scheme

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

Provision of advice and support to the Scheme Manager

Local Pensions Board

Exercise of Discretion under the Schemes

The full Authority, the Human Resources Management and Development Committee or the Chief Fire Officer depending on the actual discretion.

Principal Accountable Officer

Head of Human Resources

Day-to-day Management and Administration of the Schemes

West Yorkshire Pensions Fund


Read the full details of the roles and responsibilities (PDF)

Local Pensions Board members


The Local Pensions Board must have an equal number of employer and member representatives. Our Local Pensions Board has eight members and meets four times a year.


Employer representatives are appointed directly by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority (as Scheme Manager). The Authority has determined that, for member representatives, a selection process should be undertaken and the responsibility for undertaking this has been delegated to the Head of Human Resources.

Local Pensions Board meetings


Read the agenda and supporting papers for meetings from January 2019 onwards.


Our employer representatives


Mike Pearson  

Board Chair

Director of Governance and Digital Services

Board Chair support:


Shayne Scott
Director of Finance

Councillor David Thomas
Fire Authority Member

Satnam Singh Rai

Independent Co-opted Member

Our member representatives


Andy Hallam

Business Safety Officer at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service


Peter Redbourn

Retired Station Manager at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service


James Leslie

Philip Gillbard

On-call Watch Commander/Crew Manager

Officer delegated to act as Scheme Manager

Zoe Smyth
HR Reward and Benefits Manager Tel. 01392 872559


Declaration of interests forms

Declaration of interests forms (PDF) for pension board members can be found below:

Board member training

Board members are invited to attend Local Government Association conferences and seminars relating to Firefighters' Pension Schemes and Administration.

In addition to this, board members complete the training modules on The Pensions Regulator website. The evidence for completion of these can be found in the PDF files below:

Additional training logs:

West Yorkshire Pension Fund

As from 1 April 2018, West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) is the Scheme administrator and payroll (for those in receipt of a pension) provider. For further information on West Yorkshire Pension Fund you can visit the website at or telephone 01392 872332

Peninsula Pensions

Peninsula Pensions will continue to provide Pensions Administration and Payroll for Local Government Pensions Scheme members.


Other useful documents and links:

Quick guide to Public Service Pension Boards
The Pensions Regulator

Local Pension Board Terms of Reference (PDF)

Conflict of Interest Policy

Reporting breaches (PDF)

Privacy Notice (PDF)

Internal dispute resolution procedures (IDRP)

Read the internal dispute resolution procedures (PDF)

Guidance on the IDRP is available on the West Yorkshire Pension Fund website:

Useful contacts:

The Pensions Advisory Service

120 Holborn

London EC1N 2TD

Tel:  0800 011 3797

The Pensions Ombudsman

10 South Colonnade

Canary Wharf

London E14 4PU

Tel:  0800 917 4487

Firefighters' Pension Scheme (FPS) - Information provided by the Local Government Association

The Local Government Association provides a range of services to support the administration of the various Firefighters' Pension Schemes (FPS). These services include:

  • a range of administration resources including fact sheets, guides and training material;
  • a monthly bulletin highlighting issues affecting the FPS;
  • an on-line library of FPS Regulations and Actuarial Guidance;
  • pension administration and governance training.

This can be accessed by following this link to the Local Government Association website


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