The governance structure for Northern LGPS consists of an oversight board made up primarily of representatives of the participating funds’ pension committees (please see below) which defines key strategic objectives and provide scrutiny to an executive body of officers who will make the investment management decisions. Both the oversight board and the executive body will work closely with independent advisors.

This structure is designed to maintain democratic accountability for the investment outcomes of each of the participating funds, whilst ensuring all investment decisions are made by individuals with appropriate knowledge and experience.

Councillor Gerald Cooney
Gerald is Vice Deputy of Greater Manchester Pension Fund, and a member of Tameside Council. In Tameside, he represents the Droylsden West Ward, and is also Executive Member for Economic Growth, Employment and Housing.

Councillor Brenda Warrington

Brenda is Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, and Leader of Tameside Council. She became the Council’s first female leader in February 2018.

Councillor Pat Cleary

Pat is Chair of the Merseyside Pension Fund Pensions Committee, and a member of Wirral Council. He represents the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward.


Councillor Andrew Thornton

Andrew is Chair of West Yorkshire Pension Fund and a member of Bradford Council. He represents the Royds ward.

Councillor Cherry Povall, JP
Cherry is Vice-Chair of the Merseyside Pension Fund Pensions Committe, and a member of Wirral Council. She represents the Clatterbridge ward.
Liz Bailey
Liz is the UNISON representative on the West Yorkshire Pension Fund Pensions Committee.