A Norfolk County Council worker from the Diss area says her recognition in the 2015 New Years Honours list is representative of the commitment and hard work put in by her colleagues over the years.
Nicola Mark, the head of the Norfolk Pension Fund, was made an MBE during this year’s annual honours proceedings, to mark her services to local government all across the country.
Mrs Mark, who also serves as chairperson to the National Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Framework, told the Diss Express: “I am of course extremely proud to receive an MBE for services to local government.
“I feel like I am accepting this honour not only on my behalf but also as recognition of the dedication and hard work of my many colleagues, both at the Norfolk Pension Fund and across the Local Government Pension Scheme nationally.”
A Norfolk County Council spokesperson said Mrs Mark’s work with the LGPS Frameworks, a collaboration between local authorities and pension funds to improve pension procurement efficiency, is broadly respected nationwide.
To date, it has been credited with achieving a minimum of £7.9 million in savings, with that figure potentially reaching as high as £14 million.
“In my role as Head of the Norfolk Pension Fund, I am privileged to regularly meet some inspiring people through our member engagement programme,” she said.
“All of our 75,000 members, whether current, deferred or retired, have spent some, if not all, of their working lives supporting our communities and delivering the essential – but often unglamorous, overlooked or just taken for granted – services that our society needs.
“So I am constantly reminded of the importance of the Local Government Pension Scheme nationally.”