Atkins has appointed Chris Wagstaff as an independent trustee director and chair of its investment committee.

Atkins is a global design, engineering and project management consultancy which has designed Crossrail’s twin tunnels under Central London and Farringdon Station.

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The company has a £1.1bn defined benefit pension scheme and a defined contribution scheme which opened in 2007, Wagstaff told Pensions Insight.

Wagstaff is also chairman of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund’s investment committee, and an independent director of the scheme.

In addition, he is head of pensions and investment education at Threadneedle Investments and a senior visiting fellow at Cass Business Schoo