Press release

Preferred candidate for new Pensions Ombudsman named

Anthony Arter has been named as the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman/Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The Department for Work and Pensions announced today (5 February 2015) that Anthony Arter is the preferred candidate for the role of Pensions Ombudsman/Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman.

His appointment is subject to a pre-appointment hearing by the Work and Pensions Select Committee and this will take place on Wednesday 11 February 2015.

Pensions Minister Steve Webb said:

I am pleased to present Anthony Arter to the Work and Pensions Select Committee as my preferred candidate for the post of Pension Ombudsman. Anthony brings with him considerable knowledge of pensions, legal matters and a wealth and richness of experience in community relationships.

I also want to restate my thanks to Tony King. During his tenure, he successfully transformed the Pensions Ombudsman – improving its customer service and modernising the organisation to meet new challenges.

More information

The Pensions Ombudsman is a public appointment made by the Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions. The appointment process has been an open competition regulated by The Office for the Commissioner of Public Appointments.

The Pensions Ombudsman Service is an independent organisation set up by law to investigate complaints about pension administration. It is a Tribunal Non Departmental Public Body of the Department for Work and Pensions.

For information about the Pensions Ombudsman Service:

Anthony Arter is a consultant at Eversheds LLP. He was head of Evershed’s Pension Group and London Senior Partner until April 2014 when he retired.

Tony King is the current Pensions Ombudsman. He was appointed as Pensions Ombudsman from 1 September 2007. Tony King is stepping down from the role as Pensions Ombudsman to pursue other interests. This was announced in a press release on 17 October 2014.

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Published 5 February 2015