TPR appoints acting director of automatic enrolment

21 April 2017


The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has appointed Darren Ryder as acting director of automatic enrolment.


The appointment follows the announcement that Charles Counsell will leave his role as executive director of automatic enrolment in May to become Chief Executive of the Money Advice Service.


Darren Ryder is currently head of design and service delivery within TPR’s automatic enrolment team and will bring a wealth of experience to the new acting role.


Lesley Titcomb, chief executive of TPR, said:

"I am delighted Darren Ryder will be bringing his considerable experience and knowledge of automatic enrolment, both here in the UK and in New Zealand, to this important role to ensure the successful implementation of automatic enrolment continues for the tens of thousands of employers yet to meet their duties."


Darren Ryder said:

"I am excited to be leading TPR’s talented and committed Automatic Enrolment team as the programme continues to roll out across the UK. Automatic enrolment has been a huge success to date, and I look forward to continuing that success. We will be maintaining our communications to employers to ensure they have all the information and tools they need to meet their duties."


Darren Ryder has 28 years’ experience working in the public sector, across a wide range of tax and social policy areas. These include child support, business and individual tax, and retirement savings. Darren has also worked on major reforms across New Zealand and the UK, along with sharing his expertise of these models with the World Bank and countries they partner with. From 2005 to 2011, Darren worked as a senior manager with the KiwiSaver programme in New Zealand, through all of the business case, procurement, design, implementation and operational phases.

KiwiSaver has seen over half of the New Zealand population enrolled into a retirement scheme, with over $28 billion New Zealand dollars in assets already accumulated.


A decision on the permanent leadership of the automatic enrolment program will be made in due course.