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Group Executive Committee

Meet the Group Executive Committee and understand their roles at USS

The Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited board is supported by nine senior executives, providing a breadth of operational and financial skillsets.

  • Carol Young

    Carol became Group Chief Executive Officer in September 2023. Carol’s career spans over 20 years across in-house and consulting roles and includes a decade as an investment consultant. Prior to joining USS, Carol was the Director of Reward & Employment at Natwest Group. She led the teams responsible for Reward, Pensions, Benefits, performance management, core HR employment policies, Employment Law, Industrial Relations, Business Acquisitions and Disposals and HR regulatory work. This included the flexible benefits programme for more than 60,000 colleagues, and DB and DC pension arrangements for around 300,000 members (over c.£55bn liabilities) worldwide. Carol is a CFA Charterholder and has served as independent trustee on a number of boards. She is a non-executive director of the PLSA and has chaired PLSA policy councils and the CBI pension panel.

  • Dominic Gibb

    Dominic joined USS as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Prior to USS, he worked as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, handling their insolvency. Before this, he was Lehman’s EMEA Financial Controller, EMEA Mortgage Division Chief Financial Officer and EMEA Head of Expense Management and Procurement. Before Lehman Brothers, he held various CFO and divisional finance director roles at Genesis Housing Group, Balfour Beatty plc and Unilabs SA.

  • Helen McEwan

    Helen joined USS in 2018 as Chief Pension Officer. Prior to joining, Helen had a long career with Aegon UK, where her roles included Director of Banks, Partnerships Director and Head of International Sales. Following Aegon, Helen has held executive roles with Fintech Adviser firm, True Potential as Commercial Director and as Business Development Director with DC Master Trust, Now Pensions. She has also been a Non-Executive Director with The Exeter since September 2016 and Exeter Nomination Committee Chair since September 2018.
  • Jeremy Hill

    Jeremy re-joined USS as Group General Counsel in 2014, having previously worked as General Counsel for the Investment Management function between 2009 and 2011. His previous experience includes responsibility for various areas of the legal coverage for the EMEA business at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Legal Advisor at the London Stock Exchange. Jeremy was also General Counsel and a main board Director at Martin Currie Investment Management.

  • Kevin Purcell

    Kevin joined USS in 2018 from city-based private equity firm Hudson Advisors/Lone Star. He has more than 25 years’ experience in HR, working for large and medium scale companies through all stages of the business cycle. Before that he spent almost six years with Barclays Investment Bank and 14 years with UBS Investment Bank, managing every aspect of the people strategy, including performance management, remuneration, succession planning and leadership development.

  • Lindsey Matthews

    Lindsey Matthew was appointed to the Group Executive Team, as the new Chief Risk Officer in September 2020. Lindsey provides risk management expertise to the senior team and leads the Group Risk function. He also assists the board in its oversight of risk in the pension scheme, the trustee organisation and its subsidiary, USS Investment Management Ltd. Lindsey has nearly 30 years’ experience in financial markets, most recently as UK Chief Risk Officer and Global Head of Investment Risk for UBS Asset Management.
  • Mel Duffield

    Mel became Chief Scheme Strategy Officer for USS in April 2022, having joined USS in February 2015. Mel’s executive responsibilities include oversight and coordination of valuations, corporate communications and external relations, stakeholder support, and strategy and insight.

    Before joining USS, Mel was Deputy Director at the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI), an independent research charity focusing on pensions and retirement savings issues, and prior to that Head of Research and Strategic Policy at PLSA.

    Mel started her professional career in the UK civil service, working as a senior economic advisor at HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department for Education.

    Mel has a BSc in Economics from Nottingham University, an MSc Economics from Bristol University, and is a serving Magistrate.

    Mel is also a PPI governor, a former member of the PLSA’s Policy Board and Chair of its Cost Transparency Initiative from December 2018 to March 2022, and will be an ICPM board member from 1 January 2024.

  • Piers Bishop

    Piers joined USS as Scheme Change Programme Director in 2015, becoming Group Transformation Executive in 2017 and Chief Technology & Transformation Officer in 2021. He previously held a number of positions at JP Morgan including Investor Services Global Implementation Executive, and Corporate Oversight & Control Head of Enterprise Programme Management EMEA & APAC. Piers has a MA in Marketing Communication from Bournemouth University.
  • Simon Pilcher

    Simon was appointed Chief Executive of the wholly-owned investment management subsidiary of Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS Investment Management Limited) in October 2019 to lead the team who manage the assets of USS, for both DB and DC sections of the scheme, investing across both Public and Private Markets. The majority of USS’s investments are managed in-house and USSIM has responsibility for selecting and overseeing third-party managers where these are used. USSIM is also the principal investment advisor to the scheme.

    Simon started his career in asset management in 1987 at Morgan Grenfell before moving to Prudential in 1998, a year before it acquired M&G Investments. At M&G Prudential, he led the Fixed Income and Alternatives businesses for two decades before being asked to become Chairman of Real Estate with a combined team of over 500 employees and around £160bn in assets. He was also a member of the Executive Leadership Team. During his tenure at M&G Prudential, Simon championed innovation and pioneered new products in Europe, for example: Leveraged Finance, Infrastructure Private Equity, Commercial Mortgage Lending and, more recently, Specialty Finance and Impact Investing.

    He has a degree from Cambridge University.

  • Victoria Timlin

    Victoria was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of USSIM in April 2021, having served as the Deputy for that role since October 2019. She is responsible for the end to end USSIM support operating model, infrastructure and associated control framework, including oversight of group shared services providing support to USSIM. Victoria joined USS in October 2015 as Head of Governance and moved to be Chief Compliance Officer in September 2017. She started her career with Deloitte, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in the financial services audit practice. Prior to USS, Victoria was at Martin Currie Investment Management for 4 years – initially in the compliance team, and then as Head of Governance/Company Secretary for the firm.