Andrew Warwick-Thompson is to leave his position as executive director for regulatory policy, The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has confirmed.
Warwick-Thompson (pictured) will join the £40bn Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS) Central as chief executive in July 2017.
LGPS Central is one of eight local government pools being set up ahead of a government deadline in April 2018. All 89 English and Welsh LGPSs must pool their investments in a bid to drive down costs and improve efficiencies. Part of this process involves appointing an independent chair.
TPR has said it will announce a successor in "due course".
Warwick-Thompson first joined the board of TPR as an executive director in 2013 and, in that role, has been responsible for shaping regulatory policy across TPR's defined benefit and defined contribution scheme work, including master trusts. He has also overseen its risk and data functions.
TPR chief executive Lesley Titcomb said: "I want to congratulate Andrew on his new role and wish him all the best for the future. I know he will demonstrate the same energy and commitment we have benefited from at TPR over the last few years.
Warwick-Thompson said: "I have hugely enjoyed my time at TPR, not least because of the calibre of people I have had the opportunity to work with. I know the team of people I leave behind will continue to work with commitment and drive."
He added: "I care deeply about making pensions work for people and will relish the opportunity to continue that work in my new role."
Warwick-Thompson found himself in some hot water with the pensions industry earlier this year, when he suggested in his blog that small self-administered schemes were the "vehicle of choice" for scammers.
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