Opportunity to become a Scheme Member Representative - AFA Local Pension Board

Due to a retirement, Avon Fire Authority has an opportunity for a member (current or retired) of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes to join the Local Pension Board (LPB) as a Scheme Member representative.

What is the LPB?

In accordance with the relevant sections of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 and Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Governance Regulations, the Avon Fire Authority Local Pension Board was established to assist the Scheme Manager (the Authority) in the effective and efficient governance and administration of the various Firefighters’ Pension Scheme(s).

While not a decision making body, the LPB has a key role in ensuring good governance of the Scheme(s) and they consider matters such as risks and pension administrator performance, as well as making recommendations to the Authority on pension matters including changes to the relevant policies.

The Board consists of:

  • 2 Scheme Member representatives, and
  • 2 Employer (Authority) representatives, and
  • 1 non-voting Independent Chair

More detailed information can be found in the Local Pension Board Terms of Reference within the Avon Fire Authority Constituion 2021 (page 16 onwards) on the Avon Fire Authority website –

https://www.avonfire.gov.uk/documents/category/22-governance

As a Scheme Member representative you would need to attend LPB meetings which currently take place twice a year.  Following the recent appointment of an Independent Chair, the frequency of meetings may increase to up to 4 meetings a year. 

Given the nature of the role, LPB members need to have, and maintain, a level of technical knowledge and understanding. Therefore the role comes with training, development and toolkits. Further information about the training requirements and provisions are set out in the LPB knowledge and understanding policy.  A copy of this policy is available for applicants by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How do I apply?

If you are interested in sitting on the Local Pension Board (LPB) as a Scheme Member Representative, you will ideally be an active or pensioner member of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes. You can be a member of a union or an union official but this is not an automatic requirement.

To nominate yourself for the role please submit an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. providing a brief (no more than 500 words) supporting note explaining the reason you would like to be considered.  There is no set format for this note, and it doesn’t have to be long, but you may find it helpful to look at the Terms of Reference (see link above) and previous minutes of LPB meetings (available on the Avon Fire and Rescue Service website) and briefly tell us how you think your skills, experience and approach would make a positive contribution to the LPB, as well as confirming your commitment to the training.

Please include your full name and contact details and indicate if you are an active or pensioner member of the Firefighters’ Pension Schemes. If applicable, your Service number should also be provided.

The closing date for applications is 24 January 2022 after which there will be a selection or nomination process in early February 2022 with the appointee then attending their first Local Pension Board meeting on 25 February 2022. 

If you require any additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.in the first instance.