A farewell to Pensions World

“It is with great regret that I write to let you know that this will be the last edition of Pensions World after 45 years of publication.

I would like to thank Stephanie Hawthorne, the editor of Pensions World since 1989, for her exceptional work. During her 28-year tenure as editor, she has campaigned to magnificent effect on so many issues: including adequacy of the state pension, tax reform, auto-enrolment, the plight of the self-employed, social care, diversity and ageism, among many other topics. She assembled a team of writers of the highest calibre, including Robin Ellison, former chairman of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association, Steve Webb and Baroness Altmann (both former pensions ministers) and presidents of the PMI and ACA galore, in addition to a stalwart team of journalists, including Ceri Jones, Anthony Hilton and Allison Plager, to bring to the reader an eclectic mix of all that is best in financial journalism.

Her editorials have not only set the tone for the magazine but the industry as a whole and have led to many awards, including the outstanding contribution to the pensions industry by the Pensions Management Institute and the outstanding contribution to institutional journalism award, as well as a prize for nearly every year that Stephanie has spent in journalism, including professional magazine of the year and technical journalist of the year awards.

Stephanie has also developed the Pensions World brand, helping LexisNexis South Africa launch Pensions World South Africa, which flourishes to this day. She launched one of the first pensions websites, as well as being active on social media and developing the influential Pensions World round tables. During Stephanie’s time at LexisNexis, she also edited Counsel: the Journal of the Bar of England and Wales for a decade and launched Charity World (now part of Charity Finance).

Stephanie has been an incredible ambassador for pensions, appearing regularly on television and radio, as well as in the nationals. She now plans to continue her financial writing on a freelance basis.

Stephanie is rightly held in huge regard both within the pensions industry and within LexisNexis. It has been a privilege to have worked with her in recent years.

I wish her every success for the future.”

Chris Jones is a director of LexisNexis.