Ann Harris has been appointed permanent chair of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) by pensions minister Richard Harrington.
Harris (pictured) will head up TPAS for the duration of its life prior to the creation of a single guidance body for pensions, money and debt matters which will replace TPAS, including Pension Wise and the Money Advice Service (MAS) in 2018.
Harris took over the role from former chairman Museji Mako who, according to BBC News, stood down from his position late last year after being declared bankrupt. Mako had been appointed by the Department for Work and Pensions earlier that year, which at the time described him as "a champion of savers."
Harris worked for 40 years as a civil servant, more recently holding senior civil service roles in finance and programme management.
In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for her services to the department of work and pensions.
Harrington said: "Ann Harris brings a wealth of experience and skills to TPAS which does excellent work in helping the public with pension inquiries.
"With more than 178,000 customers, and more than 2.7 million visits to its website in the past year, TPAS' services are very much in demand so it's vital it attracts a senior leader of such high calibre."
Meanwhile Harris said she was "delighted" with her new position, adding: "This is an exciting time for TPAS as it prepare for the proposed transition to a new single finance guidance body.
"I am determined that it continues to deliver its core business of giving people professional, independent and impartial help with their private pensions."
In February 2017, TPAS partnered with Zurich to launch a pension scam helpline offering customers guidance on pension transfers flagged up as ‘suspicious.'
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