9th January 2018

The government has announced that Marcus Jones MP, will be leaving his position as Local Government Minister at DCLG to take up a new role as Local Government Vice Chair at Conservative Campaign HQ. Councillor Phillips, Chair of the Advisory Board said “On behalf of the Board I wish to express our sincere thanks to Marcus for all the help and support he has given to the Board and its members in recent years and for engaging so positively with us. His appearance at Board meetings was a regular occurrence where his honest and straightforward comments were very much appreciated by all Board members. The Board has benefitted greatly from his time at the Department and we wish him all the best in his new role. In the meantime, we will be seeking an early meeting with Marcus’ successor to explain the role of the Board and its work programme.”

Rishi Sunak MP has been appointed as Marcus Jones’ successor with responsibilities for the scheme and its advisory board. Rishi Sunak was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government on 9th January 2018. Rishi was elected as the MP for Richmond (Yorkshire) in 2015.

Under another part of the government’s changes, DCLG will in future be known as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).


27th December 2017

Cllr Kieran Quinn

It was with shock and great sadness that I learned of the death of Cllr Kieran Quinn on the evening of 25th December. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this desperately sad time. Kieran’s energy, drive, enthusiasm and commitment to the pension scheme and its members will be difficult if not impossible to replace and I will personally greatly miss his support, good humour and friendship.

Cllr Roger Phillips
Chair Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board

Cllr Quinn

From Steven Pleasant – Chief Executive of Tameside Council and Accountable Officer

It is my sad duty to have to inform you of the death of Councillor Kieran Quinn, the Executive Leader of the Council and the Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF).

Kieran died on Monday evening (25 December 2017) following a fall precipitated by a heart attack while out with his wife, Councillor Susan Quinn, delivering Christmas cards to constituents in Droylsden on Saturday (23 December 2017).  Our thoughts go out to Susan, and their two boys, who were at Kieran’s side when he died.

In his various roles Kieran made an enormous contribution to the community of Tameside and Greater Manchester. As well as being the Executive Leader of Tameside Council he was the Chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) and an architect of devolution for Greater Manchester.

At times of great challenge when clarity of leadership was required Kieran never shied away from the tough decisions.  Whether astutely guiding Tameside Council through the most difficult period for local government in living memory, ensuring the GMPF grew into the largest most successful pension fund in the UK against the wider trend of pensions shortfalls or fighting to reduce the north south economic imbalance now widely recognised through the Northern Powerhouse agenda, he always stood up and provided the necessary leadership.

In all his roles Kieran worked tirelessly for everyone in the community, especially those most vulnerable and in greatest need of a helping hand. It is that which will be his legacy.

But beyond the public face and the many offices he held Kieran was at heart a family man, rooted in his local community. And for many of you Kieran will have become a friend as well as a colleague.

I am sure you will all join me in passing on our deepest sympathy to Kieran’s wife, Susan, their two boys and their wider circle of family, friends and colleagues.

The Council will be setting up a book of condolences and any message you would like to leave or make can be made to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  in order to allow the family to come to terms with their shock and loss.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Leader, Councillor John Taylor will lead and address any business matters. 


Steven Pleasant MBE
Chief Executive TMBC
Accountable Officer Tameside & Glossop CCG


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