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Browse the exhibition hall and catch up with your peers

Delegates log in, network and browse the exhibition area

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Welcome

Welcome from Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

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KEYNOTE: Pension Influencers panel

Margaret Snowdon OBE, President, PASA

Roger Mattingly, Trustee Director, Ross Trustees

Anna Copestake, Partner, Arc Pensions Law

Huw Evans, Director, BESTrustees

Chair: Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

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Time to pick a stream!

Please now select one of our three streams available

DB Schemes

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Member options – flexibility within DB schemes

In the current environment we are seeing an increase in requests from members to access their pension funds early. This session looks at the flexibilities that can be made available to members within DB schemes for members who do not wish to transfer their benefits to the DC world to access flexibility. We are also seeing an increasing number of schemes combining Pension Increase Exchange (‘PIE’) and GMP conversion as a neat way to provide additional pension flexibilities to members whilst leading to better outcomes for the scheme. This session looks at the reasons why this is a good option for some schemes and the considerations that need to be taken into account when implementing such an option.

Tom Yorath, Partner, Aon

Kelly Hurren, Principal Consultant and Head of Member Options, Aon

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Partner insight session: GMP Equalisation

Guaranteed minimum pension (GMP) equalisation has soared to the top of pension schemes' to-do lists, with 58% stating it is a priority project. Whilst schemes may not yet have chosen their method of equalisation or know just how many members are impacted, what is known is that the admin system will need to work beyond GMP equalisation. Preparing your system is a key step in the process – this session delves into systems readiness and steps to take.

Maurice Titley, Director, ITM Ltd.

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch.

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Building trust in pensions

The breakdown in trust following the crash has been followed by a period of institutions endeavouring to regain public trust, but at the same time, new entrants, unencumbered by legacy, have entered the market and built strong followings. How can financial institutions build that trust with customers and members?

Joe Craig, Development Lead, Quietroom

DC Schemes

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A DC update from The Pensions Regulator in the light of COVID-19
This session was played at our recent Professional Pensions Future of DC Deskflix event but we wanted to show it again in case you missed it!

Louise Sivyer, Policy Manager, Regulatory Policy Directorate, The Pensions Regulator

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch.

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PANEL: Sustainability: Leading or following

ESG has been a term that has rarely escaped an event programme for the last few years and yes we’re no different here at Professional Pensions. This panel will discuss how far the industry has come in implementing ESG policies, what the future might hold and if this is merely lip service or if these investments could or should drive change.

David Russell, Head of Responsible Investment, USS Investment Management

Simon Howard, Chief Executive, UKSIF

Amanda Latham, Policy and Strategy Lead, Barnett Waddingham

Jess Foulds, Policy Specialist for Investment & Capital Markets, The Investment Association

Chair: Holly Roach, Correspondent, Professional Pensions

Trustee Focus

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Partner insight session - Pensions de-risking: Finding certainty in uncertain times

As the UK starts to move out of lockdown, what have the effects of the Covid-19 crisis been on the buy-in, buy-out and longevity swap market? In this session, Charlie Finch will discuss the findings of our latest pensions de-risking report including how resilient the market has been to the Covid-19 crisis and the potential opportunities over coming months for pension plans looking to insure their pension liabilities.

Charlie Finch, Partner, LCP


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The future of Fiduciary Management

The impact of the recent CMA review has brought about some important changes to the Fiduciary Management industry. The recent market volatility caused by COVID-19 created challenging times for schemes, with many having been knocked off-course and trustees now needing to focus on immediate issues. During this session, Ajeet Manjrekar will explain how the industry is changing and adapting to the challenges schemes are facing, how this will create a ‘new dawn’ for fiduciary management, and what this new world may look like.

Ajeet Manjrekar, Co-head of River and Mercantile Solutions, River and Mercantile

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Refreshment and networking break

Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself some lunch.

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PANEL: Trustee diversity

The merits of diversity have been widely examined and explained over the last few years as decision making research has highlighted the importance of cognitive diversity. However, has anything changed? The panel will discuss:

  • How to encourage all aspects of diversity
  • The recruitment process
  • Trustee board meetings

Nadeem Ladha, Trustee Director, 2020Trustees

Caroline Escott, Senior Policy Lead: Investment and Stewardship, PLSA

Sophie Dapin, Trustee, Schroders Pension Scheme

Shola Salako,Trustee, Dalriada

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Guest Speaker: Philip Collins, Columnist, The Times

Chair: Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions 

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Close of virtual conference