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It is with great sadness that we relay the death of the LAPFF Chair, Councillor Kieran Quinn on Christmas day, 2017.
Kieran joined the LAPFF Executive Committee in 2012 when he became Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and chaired the Forum from the beginning of 2013.
During his time as chair, membership grew from 55 member funds to the current 72, many joining after a personal visit from Kieran. He was most recently working with the Executive Committee to take the Forum to its next level by incorporating asset pools into the LAPFF structure.
Kieran was involved in company engagement from the beginning of his time with LAPFF. Of the Forum’s engagement approach, he told the FT in 2015 “there are no questions we are afraid to ask”. He certainly put this into practice in all the company engagement meetings in which he participated. He was a prominent advocate of strong and active stewardship across the range of companies in which LAPFF member funds have holdings.
Always open to debate and honest and frank communication, Kieran met not only the chairs and directors of engagement companies, but regulators, union representatives, stakeholder bodies, investor groupings, member and pool representatives alike, and was equally skilled at negotiating positive outcomes with all.
He was instrumental in helping to establish the All Party Parliamentary Group on local authority pension funds, alongside progressing meetings with MPs and instigating regular party conference fringe meetings, all giving LAPFF a stronger voice at Westminster and in Whitehall.
Kieran was also an influential voice on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Advisory Board where he represented the Metropolitan funds and chaired the Investment and Engagement Committee. On the Board he was a tireless advocate of the rights and responsibilities of Administering Authorities (Councils) and Councillors in their member roles on pensions committees and in the new asset pooling structures that began emerging in 2016. He contributed significantly to the development of changes to the LGPS, particularly on responsible investment strategies, and was widely respected across its community.
A shining star in the LGPS has gone out but what Kieran shaped and created will continue to burn in our hearts and minds and in the legacy he has left in LAPFF. He was a decent, thoughtful and principled man and will be sorely missed as a good friend and colleague. Our thoughts are with his wife Susan and their two boys.
A book of condolences has been set up and any message can be made online at https://public.tameside.gov.uk/forms/f2345CllrKieranQuinn.asp, which will be shared with his family in due course.
Ian Greenwood Denise Le Gal
Vice Chair, LAPFF Vice Chair, LAPFF