NICVA Family of sites: | | |

Auto enrolment pensions seminar

Over the next few years all employers will have to take steps to auto enrol eligible employees into a pensions scheme. This seminar will help you get to grips with your obligations and options as an employer.

Auto enrolment pensions seminar

61 Duncairn Gardens,
BT15 2GB

NICVA logo
12 September 2013 - 9:30am
12 September 2013 - 12:30pm

Workplace pensions law has changed. Every employer has new legal duties to help all workers save for their retirement. Between now and 2017 all employers will have to automatically enrol all eligible employees into a qualifying pensions scheme and make contributions to their plan. Your deadline for being compliant is known as your staging date and this is based on the number of eligible employees you have.

This seminar will bring together pensions experts to outline your requirements under the law and to guide employers through the choices they will have to make if they are to get things right. If you wish to access more information about auto enrolment log in to the Pensions Regulator website



Registration  Tea/Coffee


Welcome & Overview Una McKernan, Deputy Chief Executive, NICVA
10:00 Employer requirements and overview of NCVO scheme

Gary Tate, Business Development Manager, Lucas Fettes & Partners (Financial Services) Limited

10:45 Exploring auto enrolment for voluntary youth sector

Claire O’Hare, Deputy Director Corporate Affairs, Youthnet

11:00 Setting up an auto enrolment scheme

Linda Hutchinson Director of Human Resources NIAMH

11:30 Local auto enrolment solution

Philippa McIntyre Business Development Director Workers Pension Trust


Panel Q&A  



 Background Information

 Lucas Fettes

Lucas Fettes is an independent Group of Companies founded in 1980 by Robin Lucas and David Fettes.The original ethos of the Founding Directors remains a constant today throughout the Company, with an emphasis on service and ‘putting the client first'. The Company has developed through its relationships with other professional practices, concentrating on the provision of solutions to the needs of both Corporate and Personal clients.

With the head office in the City of London's, the first branch office was opened in Manchester, and this was subsequently followed by Southampton. There are now eleven offices offering a holistic range of services and advice on Commercial General Insurances, Personal Insurances and a full spectrum of Financial Services from Employee Benefits, Pensions, Mortgages and Investment to Inheritance Tax Planning and wealth and liability protection. The Company offers Wholesale broking services, access to the savings available through large Schemes for affinity groups such as Hoteliers and Retailers and access to a Wealth Management Company in which Lucas Fettes & Partners has made a substantial investment.

NCVO, in partnership with Scottish Widows and financial advisers Lucas Fettes, have launched a new workplace pension and employee benefits proposition designed for all voluntary and community sector employers to help organisations comply with the new pension reform requirements).


Youthnet is the Voluntary Youth Network for Northern Ireland, an independent agency which represents the interests and aspirations of youth organisations across Northern Ireland. Youthnet works with and for the voluntary youth sector in Northern Ireland by representing the views of the sector to Government and policy makers and by providing a range of information and support to member organisations.

Member organisations cover a broad range of activity for young people across Northern Ireland, including front line delivery of youth work in communities, local youth projects, work in rural and urban interfaces, early intervention services for young people involved in the juvenile justice system, outreach projects and regional and national organisations for young people. Youthnet is in the process of establishing a Group Personal Pension Plan which complies with the new government legislation on Pension Reform and which may be of interest to voluntary youth sector organisations.



NIAMH, (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), is the largest and longest established independent charity focusing on mental health and wellbeing services in Northern Ireland. NIAMH is structured as a group consisting of three elements, Compass, Beacon and Carecall. At the core of NIAMH’s services is the community-based support it provides to people who have had experience of mental illness.

Since its inception, in response to emerging needs, Niamh has developed Beacon Support services in towns throughout Northern Ireland. Niamh now has fourteen Beacon Day Support Centres with approximately 1,000 members attending regularly. While continuing to develop services to support those with experience of mental illness, research shows that mental health is not achieved simply by treating mental illness, but also by promoting positive mental wellbeing. In response to this, Niamh has broadened its services to include support for the whole population through mental health promotion and research. Carecall, with its focus on mental health support through counselling and other therapeutic interventions was set up in 2000 and now has a potential user base of 500,000 people.

NIAMH is currently working with its current pension provider, Standard Life through its broker Mercer to ensure compliance with the regulations on auto enrolment.

Workers Pension Trust

Workers Pension Trust is a multi-employer workplace pension scheme which has been specifically developed to meet the requirements of “auto-enrolment”. The scheme is a not for profit organisation, based in Belfast and available to all businesses in Northern Ireland. It is suitable for all employees, including hourly paid and temporary workers and can include employees based in other parts of the U.K.

Workers Pension Trust is an occupational pension scheme which has been set up under a Trust to ensure that the assets are protected. Workers Pension Trust is a “money purchase” (also known as “defined contribution” arrangement). The Scheme provides retirement benefits to employees of participating businesses.
All contributions made are invested in the Member’s Account within the Scheme and will be used to provide Members with a pension and/or lump sum at retirement.

Workers Pension Trust offers participating employers, a Free auto-enrolment delivery programme. This includes a plan, tailored to the requirements of each business, ensuring that they are fully compliant with the legislation at each stage of the auto-enrolment process.

Further information

For more information about this event please contact at una [dot] mckernan [at] nicva [dot] org or call 028 9087 7777.

Cancellation fee

If you wish to cancel your place at this event you must inform at una [dot] mckernan [at] nicva [dot] org by email five working days in advance of the event date. If you inform us less than five working days or not at all and do not attend you will be invoiced for the full cost of the event.

Getting here and Parking

NICVA has a number of free parking spaces available for those attending events. Unfortunately these can't be reserved and are available on a first come basis. NICVA's spaces are clearly marked and we would ask that visitors only use spaces allocated to NICVA when attending an event.

Parking is also available on Duncairn Gardens and surrounding areas within close walking distance. NICVA is also a short walk from Yorkgate Train Station and you can easily catch a bus from the city centre (no 1D) direct to Duncairn Gardens, or (no 61 and 64) to Cityside Centre (a few minutes walk).