Sally Bridgeland, the former chief executive of the BP Pension Trustees, is joining the UK team of Dutch governance and outsourcing advisers Avida International in October in the role of senior adviser.The firm said Bridgeland, who left the £19bn (€24bn) UK corporate pension fund at the beginning of April, would “support Avida in shaping its services to expand its footprint in the UK pension fund market”.Commenting on why she had decided to take on the role at Avida, Bridgeland said: “I’ve been impressed by the investment governance expertise Avida can bring to bear and look forward to working with them.”She said the UK institutional investment market was set for big changes as it continued to mature. “There is a lot we can learn from how the Dutch have tackled the associated challenges,” she added.Bridgeland joined BP Pension Trustees in 2007 after working at Aon Hewitt and its predecessor Bacon & Woodrow for 20 years.She has non-executive roles at EDHEC, FTSE and the Worshipful Company of Actuaries. After she left the BP scheme, she said that it had been time to move on, and that she was going to talk to people in the pensions industry to see what the options were.Avida’s UK managing director Bart Heenk said the firm was delighted someone of Bridgeland’s calibre was joining the team.He said she would bring a lot of pension governance experience with her, allowing Avida to take on more projects and helping pension funds improve their operational efficiency.
A man who went berserk at his elderly parents’ home, punching his sister in the face three times and chasing his brother with a bale hook has been jailed for four months.Patrick McLaughlin, aged 53, from Gaoth Dobhair appeared at Letterkenny District Court facing a number of charges. The court was told that Gardai were summoned to the McLaughlin household on July 4th last after the accused had committed a number of offences.His sister Sarah was hiding in her car after being set upon by Patrick during which he punched her three times in the face.He then ran into the kitchen of the home and grabbed a cheese knife and a bale hook and was threatening his brother James.Gardai told the court that McLaughlin banged the bale hook on the ground and threatened his brother saying “I’m going to stick it straight through you.”All of the incidents were witnessed by Mrs McLaughlin’s 15-year-old son who was present at the time.The court heard that Patrick McLaughlin has a total of 40 previous convictions for a variety of offences including criminal damage, assault and public order.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client had been doing well for the past 18 months but there had been a lapse in his medication.He said McLaughlin could not remember the extent of what had happened at his parents home.He asked Judge Paul Kelly that rather than sending his client to jail he could give him a suspended sentence under the agreement that he stay away from the family home in Gaoth Dobhair.Judge Kely said he accepted that McLaughlin had difficulties but stressed that he had an appalling record.“There was a fearsome weapon produced which must have been terrifying for anyone at the scene,” he said.He jailed McLaughlin for four months for the possession of the bale hook and a further three months for assaulting Sarah McLaughlin with both sentences to run concurrently.Man who punched sister three times in face jailed for four months was last modified: July 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:assaultbale hookcourtdonegalGaoth DobhairPATRICK MCLAUGHLIN