Carolyn Saunders is a partner and the head of the London office of global law firm Pinsent Masons. She is also the head of Pinsent Masons’ pensions practice.
A specialist pensions lawyer for almost 30 years, Carolyn has supported corporates, scheme trustees and pension providers through seismic changes in the pensions industry. As a recognised expert in her field, Carolyn is a thought leader in the industry, with a particular focus on ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues – notably climate and diversity – where her work has included collaborations with Leeds University on climate change and with the Fawcett Society on the gender pensions gap.
Although pensions law is a highly technical area, her wide experience gives her the judgement and confidence to be straightforward and pragmatic, ensuring that her clients get the solutions they need. Carolyn’s direct approach makes her much in demand for trustee training, on conference platforms and as a media commentator, including for BBC Radio 4, Radio 5 Live and BBC News.
She is a natural leader, having held senior management positions since 2002.
Carolyn is delighted to have joined Business in the Community (BITC) London Leadership Board. A born and bred Londoner, she is passionate about London and its ability to be a force for good.
In her spare time, Carolyn is a trustee of theatre company, Paines Plough, and a dedicated theatre-goer. She also sings in the London Philharmonic Choir.