The Trustees of the Telefónica UK Pension Plan are responsible for the running of the Plan. They are advised by independent professional advisors.


Anthony Soothill

Chair - Telefónica UK Pension Plan

Anthony was formerly a Director of O2 before to retiring in September 2017, having served for 27 years in O2 and previously BT. Anthony has been on the Telefónica UK Pension Trustee Board since 2013, originally as a Member Nominated Director, and was appointed Chair of the Pension Trustee in April 2018. Anthony is also the Chair of Demand, a charity for the disabled that removes barriers to inclusion, participation and independence; and an Associate at the Executive Change Group where he provides executive coaching to blue-chip companies.


Cheryl Black
Trustee – Telefónica UK Pension Plan

Cheryl was Customer Service Director on the UK board of Telefónica from 2006 to 2011 and became an employer-nominated Trustee of the Pension plan in 2007. She now advises organisations on people and customer strategies and is a Non-Executive Director of Southern Water Services Ltd. Cheryl is a Special Advisor to the Customer Contact Association (CCA) and a Vice President of the Institute of Customer Service.


Jeannie Drake
Trustee – Telefónica UK Pension Plan

Jeannie was previously a Deputy General Secretary with the Communication Workers Union and a member of the Board of the Pension Protection Fund. She has been a Trustee of the Telefónica UK Pension Plan since it began in July 2002 and was elected by members from November 2007.


Andrew Davies
Trustee – Telefónica UK Pension Plan

Andrew has over twenty years pensionable service in TUK and is currently a contributor to the DC scheme and recipient from the DB scheme. Andrew has a keen interest in this area and provides useful insight as a pensioner member whilst also bringing his analytical skills and ethical viewpoint to the benefit of all members. Andrew was elected to the board from June 2017.


Martine Trouard-Riolle

Trustee - Telefónica UK Pension Plan

Martine represents Capital Cranfield on a number of DB and DC Trustee Boards as either Chair or Co-Trustee.  Martine has been an Trustee since 2011 and she tends to specialize in larger and more complex situations. Prior to becoming a Trustee she was a restructuring lawyer in the City before joining the Pensions Regulator where she was Head of Corporate Risk Management with responsibility for the clearance and the anti-avoidance teams.  Martine has considerable experience in guiding Trustee Boards through corporate transactions and restructurings.




Adrian Gorham
General Manager Group & UK Fraud & Security

Adrian has been with Telefónica (and BT before) since 1978 and was nominated by the company as a Trustee of the Telefónica UK Pension Plan in 2010.



Robert Harwood (Secretary)
Company Secretary – Telefónica Europe plc

Robert manages Telefónica Europe's Company Secretariat and has been the Secretary to the Trustees of the Telefónica UK Pension Plan since it began in July 2002.