’This is a much-deserved honour,’ says director general

ABI leader Yvonne Braun has been awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours list.

Braun is the director of policy for long-term savings, health and protection at the association and its executive sponsor for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The OBE recognises her services to the pensions industry and socio-economic diversity.

“I am deeply honoured to receive an OBE for services to the pensions industry and socio-economic diversity,” Braun said.

“Our sector’s purpose to help people achieve a financially secure retirement has never been more important, and to achieve it, our sector must truly reflect the customers we serve.

“My heartfelt thanks go to all members of my teams – I have been incredibly fortunate to work with such talented and motivated colleagues.”


Among Braun’s achievements include overseeing the ABI’s cross-sector pensions dashboard pilot, a digital prototype designed to reconnect people with almost £27bn in unclaimed pensions.

Braun also led the sector’s charitable £100m Covid-19 support fund during the pandemic and currently leads the ABI’s DEI initiatives.

Hannah Gurga, the ABI’s director general, said: “I am beyond delighted to see Yvonne’s commitment and dedication to pensions and DEI recognised with an OBE.

“This is a much-deserved honour and a testament to the impact Yvonne has had on the pensions industry. A true DEI champion, Yvonne has also been the driving force behind the ABI’s DEI Blueprint and is integral to our efforts to make our sector the most diverse, equitable and inclusive in the UK economy.”