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.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It was good,” Scott said after practice on Thursday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “Our conversation was a good conversation.”Scott then downplayed speculation about the meaning of Kupchak’s refusal to comment on him publicly. Scott has two years left on his contract worth $8.5 million, and has overseen the Lakers going a combined 32-105 with 27 games left in his second season. “You guys are going to speculate anyway,” Scott said, referring to media members. “So what the hell?”Still, Scott admitted that “everybody’s being evaluated.” Moments earlier, Scott outlined how he will evaluate himself through the Lakers’ 27 remaining games. “If they are buying into what I’m talking about they have to do on a night-to-night basis to get better and be in this league for a long time,” Scott said. “If our communication is still going great and they understand I want the best for those guys to play for their very best. I’m still going to be a little tough on them as I always have been. I’m going to demand a lot from them. But at the end of the day, if they know I got their back and I’m doing all this for the right reasons, which is to make them better basketball players and make them professionals in this league for long periods of time, then I’ve done my job.” Through all the losses, Lakers coach Byron Scott still clung to a conversation he had during his job interview that left him encouraged.Scott often shared that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss asked him how much patience he had for a potentially long-term rebuilding process. Scott indicated he did, and then asked Kupchak and Buss how much patience they had. Scott reported everyone understood it was a long process.Yet, the Lakers’ patience could have worn thin. Kupchak declined to talk about Scott on Wednesday before reciting that he remains under contract in a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. But even without Kupchak offering a public vote of confidence, Scott still expressed confidence about his standing after talking with Kupchak on Wednesday afternoon. No one on the Lakers (11-44) are happy with having the Western Conference’s worst record or missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. No one can dispute that the Lakers rank 27th out of 30 NBA teams in total defense (106.1 points allowed). No one has debated the challenges Kobe Bryant has encountered with his health in his 20th and final NBA season.But Scott defended himself and how he has handled the Lakers’ young players, most notably D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. “You guys call it tough love. I just call it being disciplined,” Scott said. “This is what I expect from you and this is what I want. If I’m not getting it on a night-to-night basis, then I have to look at a different direction. Those guys understand what I’m doing and they understand what I want from them on a night-to-night basis.”In early January, Randle expressed frustration on the bench after being yanked in a closing minutes of a game. In subsequent games, Scott criticized Randle’s maturity level and consistency. But Randle has started the past 13 games amid limitations to Larry Nance Jr. and has averaged 12.8 points and 11.8 rebounds. “I’m just bringing my energy and effort every game,” Randle said. “Whether the shots are falling for me or not, I know there’s certain things that I can control. Usually when I do those, everything else falls into place.”Russell had acknowledged feeling confused over his role and losing his starting position 20 games into the 2015-16 season. But Russell has since downplayed the importance of that. Russell has also shown marked improvement. Russell’s season-long averages of 12.2 points on 41.5 percent shooting, 3.3 assists and 2.4 turnovers nearly mirrors his monthly contributions. But both Scott and Russell have reported improvement in his decision-making. Scott plans both to start Russell and to have him on the floor to close games. But Russell won’t start in Friday’s contest against San Antonio at Staples Center. “Next time I put him in starting lineup, he’ll get a chance unless he’s playing terrible,” Scott said. “If he’s playing reasonably well, he’ll get a chance to close them out.”Quotable“Our conversation was a good conversation.” — Lakers coach Byron Scott on his recent talk with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak