Independent Governance Committee

Since April 2015, all companies that provide workplace pensions in the UK, such as Royal London, are required by the rules of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to establish an Independent Governance Committee (IGC).

These committees are required to consider how the workplace pension arrangements provide value for money to its customers.

About the IGC

The Royal London IGC was set up in April 2015. To assess whether they think we're offering value for money, they review components of our proposition, including:

  • Plan charges
  • Transaction costs
  • Investment strategy
  • Quality of service
  • Scheme member communications

The findings are collated in an annual report. In this report, any concerns can be seen, along with recommendations for improvement.

Looking after our customers best interests is key for this committee, that’s why the majority of members are independent.

Read our full terms of reference [PDF, 81KB].

IGC members


This year, there have been some changes to the IGC membership. We’re confident that our committee still has the right balance of skills and experience to ensure we’re working in the best interest of our workplace pension customers.

Peter Dorward

Peter has solid experience both in life insurance and institutional investments, having worked across a broad range of disciplines, including business leadership.

He is now Managing Director of IC Select, a private limited company specialising in the evaluation of providers to UK pension funds.

He currently holds two non-executive roles at the Citizens Advice Bureau – Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Central Borders, and Non-Executive Director, Scottish Borders Consortium.

David Gulland

David has a broad range of experience across the UK life insurance sector, with 25 years' experience as an actuarial consultant, followed by senior executive roles within the life insurance industry - including Managing Director of RGA UK and Chief Executive of Marine & General Mutual.

He is currently a Director of PG Mutual and a member of the Compliance Committee of the Funeral Planning Authority.

Myles Edwards

Myles is a pension planholder, and therefore a member, of Royal London. Although this was a primary reason why he was appointed to the IGC, Myles brings significant experience and expertise built up during his 28 years working in financial services.

Myles has a broad range of skills in product design, marketing and customer engagement and it is this wider customer focus which, along with being a Royal London customer, which makes him an ideal member of the IGC.

He has also been Executive Director at Age UK Enterprises and Foresters Friendly Society for over 12 years responsible for product design, marketing and communications.

Paul Gallagher

Paul has over 30 years’ experience within the Financial Services industry and over 15 years’ experience in Life, Pensions and Asset Management Companies.

He as a broad range of experience in various functions including Operations, Finance, IT and has specialised in Risk, Compliance and Audit for the last 20 years.

Previous companies include Aegon, Capita, Resolution and RBS Insurance. His current role in Royal London is Life and Pensions Risk Director.

Archived reports

Contact the IGC

You can also contact the IGC direct via e-mail at royallondonIGC@royallondon.com

Please note that if you simply require information or work to be done by Royal London on your own policy, you can find the best way to Royal London on our get in touch page.