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Alan Pickering’s tale is not just the story of the local boy who came good. It’s the story of a boy who did very well indeed. Born with a degenerative eye disease that left him blind by the age of thirty, Alan Pickering was not going to let this stop him becoming a leader in the world of pensions, winning ‘Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions (1998–2017)’ at the Professional Pensions UK Pension Awards.

His achievements, however, were not solely limited to the highly technical world of pensions. A lifelong fan of horse racing, Pickering has become a keen racehorse owner himself, and was honoured to be elected a vice-president of the Racehorse Owners Association. Throughout his life he has never let his lack of sight hold him back, and he maintained a strong passion for athletics – participating in competitive race walking and running numerous marathons over the years.

In Look Where You’re Going Paddy Briggs uncovers the very human story behind a man best known for the Pickering Report, commissioned by the Blair government. From interviews with friends and family as well as conversations with Alan himself, he reveals a man whose intellect and amiable nature allowed him to push his disability to one side to succeed on his own terms.


Alan can only observe horse racing with the mind’s eye yet his passion and deep knowledge of the sport are only too apparent. Win or lose (the latter a more common eventuality for all racehorse owners) he retains the same sunny outlook and sense of fun which has made him so popular amongst racing professionals, and I always enjoy our regular bantering sessions at the races!

Simon Holt, racing commentator

This enjoyable and shrewd book tells the story of an extraordinary individual and in doing so also explains what has happened to pensions in Britain over the past forty years.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science 2010–14

Alan Pickering is one of the few people in the world of pensions who combines an understanding of the finer detail with a sense of the big picture. As Pensions Minister I was always grateful for Alan’s wise counsel, and am pleased to see this account of his life and work.

Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London and Pensions Minister 2010–15
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  • 17 July 2018
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