At PTL we pride ourselves on being personable. Meet Abi Watts, General Manager.
What was your favourite subject at school? Worst?
My favourite was English Literature – I had several brilliant teachers over the years.
My worst was Chemistry.
Do you have a nickname?
Not that I know of!
If you had to be classified as a member of a “generation” which would it be?
80’s, but I would have liked to have been a teenager in the late 60’s/early 70’s. They had the best music.
What was the first record that you bought?
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Tight Fit (I know, and especially after my comment above, but I was only about 8 at the time).
What was the last concert you went to?
What did you want to be when you were at school?
I wanted to work for Jim Henson.
What was your first job?
How did you start in the pensions profession?
What is your favourite book and film?
I have a long list of favorite books. If I had to pick from the last year it would be Girl Reading by Katie Ward or Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch (you need a strong stomach for this one).
Favourite film is Safety Last.
Do you support a sporting team?
Not really but I like watching golf and I’m available for beer drinking if London Irish are playing.
What aspect of pensions legislation or provision would you change if you could?
The things that have most impact on member outcomes are top of the list.
Who is the most irritating person in the industry or public eye?
Who is the most influential person in the pensions industry?
It depends on how you look at it. I would say at the moment, or rather when we look back on it, those now making investment decisions for auto enrolment schemes will have a huge impact in terms of successful future outcomes.
Should saving into a pension be compulsory?
In an ideal world, yes.
Pension or ISA?
Preferably both but it depends on individual circumstances.
What is your worst habit?
Procrastination, although I’m starting to learn it has its upside.
When was the last time you lost your temper?
I can’t remember but it was probably when Robbie Williams last came on the radio.
What was the last “bargain” you got?
I’m notorious for missing monetary bargains. I’d consider my last (and best ever) bargain to be my basset hound. He’s comedy gold, totally adorable and spreads the love wherever he goes.
What is your favourite meal and drink?
Seafood brochette and Sicilian lemonade.
What is the biggest bet you ever placed and did you win?
The accumulated money placed on the work lottery syndicate. The return was appalling and after several years we’ve given up in despair.
Who would be your ideal dinner guest?
What was the last country you visited?
How do you plan to spend your retirement years?
Comfortably, somewhere warm, with a great beach nearby.
Congratulations, you’ve won the lottery. What next?
If it was a big win there’d be lots of luxury travel, then I’d come home and open a vintage cinema to keep myself busy.
Abi joined PTL in 2001 and is now a senior manager specialising in trust based pension schemes. Her experience includes managing on-going, closed and winding-up schemes, both final salary and defined contribution, alongside acting as secretary to the trustee board. She has extensive experience of dealing with insolvent employers and managing underfunded wind-ups.
You can contact Abi by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org