At a difficult financial time the employer appointed Philip as trustee to help the other pension scheme trustees through the decision making process they were being asked to consider. The existing trustees were sceptical of this sort of help. It soon became apparent that Philip was genuinely acting as an equal trustee, just like us, and bringing with him his legal training and experience, just as we bring our own training and experience, for the benefit of the pension scheme and its members. Realising that his concern was, like us, to act in the interest of all the members and not the interests of the employer, he provided and we were able to use, and tap into, this knowledge and experience for a better outcome for the members than might otherwise have been possible. This help and assistance was provided not as a lawyer but as a colleague with legal training who was prepared to work with us, to learn with us, and to listen and respond, as an equal, in helping the trustee board as whole decide the best way forward. Open minded, fair, and truly independent of the employer, Philip helped us achieve the best of the possible outcomes in very difficult circumstances. We still have a sponsoring employer. Thank you Philip for adding value, for being genuinely independent, and for your professionalism.