RPMI Board

  • Babloo Ramamurthy

    Chair of the Board/Independent Non-Executive Director

    Babloo joined the RPMI Board as an independent Non-Executive Director in February 2014. He is also the current Chairman at B&CE Group and previously had nearly 35 years’ experience with Towers Watson, which specialises in actuarial, investment, risk management and talent and rewards management.

    Babloo was the Managing Director of EMEA for the organisation and a member of its Global Executive Committee.

  • Stuart Blackett

    Managing Director, Corporate Services

    A qualified Chartered Accountant by profession, Stuart joined RPMI in 2001 as Scheme Accountant.

    He began his career in Audit and Business Advisory with Arthur Andersen in 1997, having left the University of York with a 1st Class degree in Economics and Business Finance.

    Over the last 20 years, Stuart has built up a wealth of knowledge and experience in corporate and pensions accounting as well as corporate strategy.

    His role now is MD, Group Services, with oversight of Finance, IT, Procurement, Legal and Risk as well as Company Secretariat and Trustee Governance.

    Stuart also holds 2 external roles as the current Vice Chair of Railway Housing Association, based in the North East and Hereford and as Governor on the board of Stockton Riverside College.

  • John Chilman

    CEO

    John joined as CEO of RPMI, and an Executive Director of Railpen, in June 2019, having previously served for 12 years as a Director of the Railways Pension Scheme Trustee Company, and Chair for the last five years. John is also an Independent Trustee of the Nestlé UK Pension Fund.

    John is a Chartered Accountant by qualification, and was previously Group Head of Pensions at National Grid. Prior to that John held senior financial, commercial and pension positions at a number of large companies, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, South Western Electricity, Shell, HBOS and FirstGroup.

  • Dave Gott

    Non-Executive Director

    Dave was appointed as a director of the Trustee Company in 2007 and was re-elected in 2012.

    Dave joined British Rail in 1980 and worked in the signalling grades in the Lincoln/Retford areas. He was elected to the BRSF Management Committee in 2001 and elected to the Network Rail Pensions Committee in 2005.

  • Richard Jones

    Non-Executive Director

    Richard was appointed as a director of the Trustee Company in March 2016.  In January 2017, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of RPMI. 

    Richard’s railway career includes engineering, commercial, corporate real estate and general management positions at BRB, Virgin, Alstom and AECOM. He was involved in the leadership and governance of the Scott Wilson Railways (now AECOM) RPS Section for over 10 years.
     
    Richard is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, an IoD Chartered Director and MBA graduate, and has non-executive experience with a Police Authority, including leading on pensions matters.

     
  • Christine Kernoghan

    Non-Executive Director

    Christine was appointed as an employer-nominated Trustee Director in 2016 on behalf of the train operating companies. In January 2021 she was appointed non-executive director of RPMI Board in January 2021.

    Christine was head of financial services at SWT for over 15 years during which time she was responsible for pension policy and admin, payroll and retail audit. Prior to this she held a number of HR roles in train operating and railway engineering. In her 37 years in the rail industry she has gained broad management experience and a good understanding of the wider commercial environment.

    As a longstanding client of RPMI she has championed improvements in customer service and communications for members and employers.


  • Paul Sturgess

    Managing Director Pension Business

    Paul joined RPMI as Managing Director Pension Business in December 2017. He is responsible for RPMI’s pension administration business, Customer Engagement and Technical functions, which count the industry-wide Railways Pension Scheme (RPS) among its clients.

    Since beginning his career with Prudential Corporate Pensions, Paul has gone on to hold a number of senior positions within other leading Pension businesses including: Equiniti; Capita Employee Benefits; FPS Group and Bacon & Woodrow, effectively delivering pension administration services for both private and public sector organisations, as well as leading consulting and actuarial teams.

    Paul brings with him more than 38 years’ experience in the pension industry. He has a wealth of experience in both DB & DC occupational schemes and has been involved in a number of leading-edge pension developments. 

    Paul believes that the current environment is a great opportunity for pension schemes to  engage members properly in their retirement wealth journey through providing more joined-up, sustainable, transparent and cost-effective services.

  • Gary Towse

    Non-Executive Director

    Gary joined the British Transport Police in 1974 and served in the South East Area. He was a Committee member of the British Transport Police Superannuation Fund from 1992 to 2006. 

    He was elected the Treasurer of the British Transport Police Federation between 1996 and 2006. Gary was appointed as a director of the Trustee Company in 2004 and re-elected to the post in 2010.