Our Experience

James Kavanagh and Jim Foley have worked with trustees and sponsors across a broad range of occupational pension schemes both in terms of asset and member size as well as Defined Benefit (DB) and Defined Contribution (DC).

All directors have worked with principals from the premier actuarial, administration, audit, investment, pension consultancy, legal and tax organisations and have wide ranging experiences of negotiating on clients behalf including trusteeship, mergers and acquisitions or wind-ups.

If you want impartial, knowledgeable and professional trustee advice, please telephone us on +353 1 806 2750 or contact us by e-mail on enquiries@trusteedecisions.com.

We Aim to Ensure

  • a higher level of governance and project management to pension schemes so that employers and trustees have better information and a more reliable service
  • decisions are not made in isolation and that all needs are considered
  • exploit and achieve economies of scale obtainable
  • help schemes recognise their opportunities and manage risks and responsibilities from within
  • improvement in the quality and quantity of advice and general administration of pension schemes
  • members receive optimal benefits for the money that is invested by sponsoring employers
  • provide an environment of trust and mutual respect between all parties
  • the most complicated concepts are understood and appreciated by all parties
  • time and cost devoted to pension schemes are used optimally
  • value for money

Our Values and Aspirations

There have been many calls by professional bodies and government for better run pension schemes, particularly around the area of communication, governance and investments. We share this desire and want to ensure a more comprehensive range of related values. We believe that a situation where sponsoring employers, trustees, members and advisors all consider each others’ requirements and understand exactly what they can expect from each other is eminently achievable.


James Kavanagh and Jim Foley can confirm compliance with the Pensions Authority regulations on trustee training in accordance with s59AA of the Pensions Act.

Environmental Sustainability/Green Programs

Trustee Decisions is unique in the Irish pensions industry in that it is the only Irish trustee company to be a signatory to the United Nations (UN) Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) Therefore, our environmental sustainability program is aligned with that of the UN PRI six principles:

Principle 1: To incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.

Principle 2: To be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.

Principle 3: To seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.

Principle 4: To promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry.

Principle 5: To work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles.

Principle 6: To report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles.

Industry Associations

Irish Association of Pension Funds

James is a former Director, Council member and Chair of the DC Committee of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

Jim is a former Director, Council Member and Chairman of the Irish Association of Pension Funds (IAPF).

Corporate Governance Association of Ireland

The CGAI seeks to promote best practice in governance across the commercial, public and voluntary sectors by developing and supporting the development of Codes of Good Governance in partnership with like-minded organisations.

Pensions Europe

PensionsEurope ensures a regulatory framework for pension institutions financing workplace pensions or other retirement provisions, which allow them to deliver adequate, safe and affordable pensions and retirement provisions.


CFA Ireland is the Irish professional body for those engaged in investment analysis and portfolio management. CFA Ireland is a member society of the CFA Institute, which is based in the United States.  CFA Institute is an international, nonprofit organization of more than 70,000 investment practitioners and educators in over 100 countries.


The primary objective of the Irish Institute of Pensions Management (IIPM) is to promote professional standards amongst those working in the field of pensions, with education being central to the achievement of this objective.


The Society of Actuaries in Ireland is the professional body representing the actuarial profession in Ireland. The Society is dedicated to serving the public by fostering the highest standards of professionalism and competence in actuarial practice.

The International Corporate Governance Network

Established in 1995, ICGNs mission is to inspire effective standards of corporate governance to advance efficient markets world-wide. This is achieved through the ICGN Global Governance Principles which are implemented by (1) Influencing public policy by offering a reliable source of practical knowledge and experience on high standards of corporate governance (2) Connecting peers at global events to provide a forum for dialogue between companies, investors and other stakeholders; and (3) Informing knowledge through guidance and education to stimulate awareness of responsible share ownership.

Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA)

The Defined Contribution Institutional Investment Association (DCIIA) is a member-driven non-profit association of defined contribution stakeholders who are dedicated to enhancing the retirement security of workers.

The Association of Pension Lawyers In Ireland

The APLI is an association for lawyers and others involved in the practice of law relating to pensions and other employee benefits and related matters.

The primary objects of the APLI are to assist, foster and promote the education, instruction and availability of information, studies, consultations, discourses and exchanges of views in relation to pensions and benefits law.

Principles for Responsible Investment

Responsible investment is an approach to investing that aims to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions, to better manage risk and generate sustainable, long-term returns. Trustee Decisions is proud to be a signatory to UN PRI.

Sustainable Nation Ireland

Sustainable Responsible Investment Forum (SIF) Ireland is the national platform for policy makers, capital providers and intermediaries to advance sustainable & responsible investing across all asset classes. Trustee Decisions is a proud supporter of SIF.

Get in touch

To learn more about how our experience can benefit your trustee scheme, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.