Today Programme interview on the BHS pension settlement: March 2017
Moneybox interview on Baroness Altmann: July 2016
Newsnight piece on USS: October 2013
Today Programme interview on new NHS pensions: June 2012
Today Programme interview with Robert Peston on JER's analysis of public sector pension costs : January 2012
Today Programmme interviews on public sector pensions : July 2011 & April 2011
I set up John Ralfe Consulting in 2003 to help companies & trustees to address pension issues in a clear, focused & practical way. (See Financial Times profiles November 2011 & March 2003).
Until 2002 I was Head of Corporate Finance at Boots and was instrumental in moving the £2.3bn Boots Pension Fund to 100% AAA long dated sterling bonds, followed by a Company share buyback, described by The Economist in 2006 as a landmark.
My clients include FTSE100 & FTSE350 companies, with pension liabilities from £200m to £2.5bn, as well as non-quoted companies, and the trustees of one of the UKs largest university schemes.
In 2012 I appeared as an expert witness on BT's pensions before the Competition Commission, on behalf of BSkyB and TalkTalk, following a report to Ofcom I wrote in 2010. In June 2012 the Competition Commission rejected BT's claim that Ofcom should allow it to re-charge its pension deficit payments to customers.
In 2016 I was a Specialist Advisor to the Work and Pensions Select Committee in its inquiry into BHS pensions and pension regulation.
I am a regular contributor to the Financial Times and
the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and have appeared on the BBC News at Ten & Channel 4 News.
Since 2003 I have written over 100 research notes and articles on all aspects of pensions, including a series of 50 notes sponsored by RBC Capital Markets and over 50 comment pieces in the Financial Times FTfm.
Amongst these notes, I was the first person to highlight the pension position of UK universities (2006), MPs (2008), the Coal Board (2008) and The Church of England (2010), as well as the impact of the 2015 changes to public sector pensions.
I was also a consultant to the Accounting Standards Board on FRS17 and the International Accounting Standards Board on share options.
My practical & pragmatic approach is underpinned by a rigorous framework of economics and I have worked with leading US academics, including Harvard Business School to turn Boots Pensions into a Case Study.
As well as pensions, I have 20 years capital markets & treasury experience, both as a corporate and banker.
Before joining Boots in 1991 I spent 11 years in banking & consulting with Chase Manhattan, Warburgs, Swiss Bank Corporation and Ernst & Young Corporate Finance.
From Grammar School in York I went as an Open Scholar to Balliol College, Oxford, where I got a First in PPE in 1978 & then studied economics at King's College, Cambridge. See biography.
SITE & DATABASE
I have now moved most of the topic pages to an archive section, since they have not been updated properly for some time. Much of the commentary and articles are still relevant to todays issues.
I have added a new page on public sector pensions, bringing together many articles which have echoes of the debates 15 years ago in the private sector.
The site, which can be searched and browsed, contains over 1,600 papers & articles on pensions, ranging from academic journals, to Government Papers to newspapers. Copyright for all articles and images remains with the author & original publication. Registration is required to minimise auto-spam mail.
Many of the articles in the database are from the Financial Times which provides unrivalled news and analysis on pensions. Articles from August 2004 are linked to the FT website, when it started.
For FT articles before then I can show only a summary for copyright reasons.
My FT articles and letters are available as PDFs as well as a link to the FT website.
Please report any broken or incorrect links to JohnRalfe@JohnRalfe.com