Civil Service Pensions Board

The Civil Service Pensions Board (CSPB), is responsible for assisting the Scheme Manager (the Minister for the Cabinet Office) in the effective administration of the Civil Service pension arrangements.

The CSPB was created in 2010, and was the first such Board to be set up for a Public Service pensions scheme. The Public Service Pensions Act 2013 put the CSPB on a formal legal footing from 1 April 2015.

More information about the CSPB’s responsibilities and activities will be available shortly.

What the CSPB does not do

The CSPB has no role in setting scheme policy in terms of how scheme benefits are calculated, or what contributions employers or members pay. The Government is responsible for setting Civil Service pensions policy. Please click here for more information about the role of the Cabinet Office in the management of the Civil Service pension arrangements.

Membership of the CSPB The CSPB has four nominees each from employers who participate in the scheme and scheme members. It has two non-executive members and is chaired by a Civil Service Permanent Secretary.

Current CSPB members

The CSPB currently has 10 members. The members are:

  • Margaret Edwards - Non Executive Chair 
  • Ian Albert (DWP) - Member Nominee
  • Jonathan Russell (DWP) - Employer Nominee
  • Robert Branagh - Non Executive Member
  • Allan Course - Non Executive Member
  • Katherine Green (H M Treasury) – Employer Nominee
  • David Howdon (DWP) – Member nominee
  • Neil License (HMRC) - Member Nominee
  • Guy Lester (Cabinet Office) - Employer Nominee
  • John Plant (Valuation Office Agency) - Member Nominee

Finding out more about the CSPB

Each autumn, the CSPB will publish a review of its work for the year. You will be able to find a link to the Review here when it is published.

Contacting the CSPB

The CSPB is always interested in getting feedback or comments from scheme members and employers alike. If there is anything that you would want to say to the CSPB please do so through