Tuesday 14 September 2021 | The Brewery

Information about the 2021 event coming soon!

Welcome to Professional Pensions Live

We are excited to announce that Professional Pensions Live will now take place as a virtual conference and exhibition between Monday 13th – 15th July 2020, running from 10am to 2:00pm on each day and is set to be the industry’s largest virtual gathering.

Recent research with the Professional Pensions audience indicates that the vast majority of the industry are not planning to return to their offices and resume face-to-face business until much later this year. However, in this time of great uncertainty, there remains a great need for understanding the latest developments in pensions and the challenges facing the industry.

 What can you expect from the ‘virtual’ Professional Pensions Live:

  • The event will be facilitated on easy to navigate virtual event technology which is user-friendly
  • Collect your CPD points by attending this CPD accredited event
  • Stay up-to-date with all the key industry updates in light of these unprecedented times
  • Remain connected with your industry peers which has never been more important
  • As a virtual event we can extend our reach of delegates that wouldn’t usually travel to London to provide you with even more connections
  • Enjoy both a conference and exhibition format in the same virtual space
  • Engage in a variety of interactive sessions including panel debates, streamed sessions, and virtual networking breaks.

Our programme will consist of three parallel streams so you can ‘pick and mix’ from a selection of DB, DC, and Trustee Focused topics.

PLUS, You will also have the opportunity to tune in to any of the live sessions that you missed on demand after the event.

This event is working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 and follows guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA)

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    Professional Pensions Live is specifically researched and developed for in-house pension and benefit scheme representatives. Please refer to the full description below. It will be of particular benefit to professionals with the following job functions:

    Chair of Trustees
     Heads of Pensions/Benefits
     Pensions Admin Managers
     Pension Scheme Directors/Managers
     Benefits Managers
     Company Secretaries
     HR Directors/Managers

    If you do not meet the criteria above, we do offer limited paid delegate passes which you can find more information about and purchase using this link. More information about delegate criteria can be found here.

    Day 1

    Browse the exhibition hall and catch up with your peers

    Delegates log in, network and browse the exhibition area


    Welcome from Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

    Opening keynote address

    Charles Counsell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator

    Time to pick a stream!

    Please now select one of our three streams available

    DB Schemes

    Partner insight session: Unintended Consequences: A closer look at the impact of the CMA review into Fiduciary Management

     Following the CMA review and the consequential changes to the Fiduciary Management industry, Christy Jesudasan (BMO Global Asset Management), Neil McPherson (Capital Cranfield) and Rikhav Shah (EY) will discuss the implications of the resulting regulation and its wider impact on pension schemes. New independent research conducted by Professional Pensions in light of the review shows how impact, opinions and responses differ across scheme sizes. Join us while we explore this research further, and question what this means for the future of FM searches. Will re-tendering just become a box-ticking exercise?

    Christy Jesudasan, Director, BMO UK Fiduciary Solutions
    Neil McPherson, Managing Director, Capital Cranfield
    Rikhav Shah, Director, EY

    Partner insight session: Fast Track or Bespoke: which approach is right for you?

    The Pensions Regulator published their first consultation on the new DB Funding Code of Practice back in March, introducing the new twin track approach for demonstrating compliance with the new Code. Our session will provide you with practical examples to bring this new framework to life and share insights on how you can assess whether your scheme is likely to pass the “Fast Track” requirements, or will need to go down the “Bespoke” route. We’ll showcase our new, and free, online tool - a quick and easy way to assess the impact on your pension scheme.

    Laura McLaren, Partner, Hymans Robertson

    Refreshment and networking break

    Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself a snack!

    PANEL: DB Consolidation

    Consolidation can help schemes to reduce costs per member, improve governance, and lead to more effective investment strategies through economies of scale. But it is necessary to recognise there is an array of options which should be considered; the answer for each scheme depends on its own objectives, goals, and circumstances.

    • Superfunds

    • DB Master Trusts

    Des Healy, Defined Benefit consolidation lead, Department for Work and Pensions

    Antony Barker, Managing Director, The Pension Superfund

    Paul Murphy, Business Development Director, TPT

    Duncan Buchanan, Partner, Hogan Lovells

    DC Schemes

    Partner insight session - Sustainability: integrating risks of the future

    As trustees consider new regulation requiring them to incorporate ESG into their investment principles, recognition of the risks posed by unsustainable business practices continues to grow. In this session, we will discuss the questions of how can future sustainability risks be taken into account and how can the social and environmental impact of companies be measured?

    Tim Horne, Head of UK Institutional Defined Contribution, Schroders

    It’s not about engagement, it about being engaging
    This session was shown at our recent Future of DC Deskflix, but it's so good we wanted to share it with anyone who couldn't make that event.

    Michelle Cracknell, Pension Trustee and Non-executive Director

    Refreshment and networking break

    Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself a snack!

    PANEL: What is best practice for DC Investment

    This panel discuss innovation in the DC market and schemes that are leading the revolution in attitudes to investment.

    Dean Wetton, Managing Director, Dean Wetton Advisory

    Ben Piggott, DC Plan Secretary, Royal Mail

    Maria Nazarova-Doyle, Head of Pension Investments, Scottish Widows

    Stephen Budge, Principal, LCP

    Chair: Holly Roach, Correspondent, Professional Pensions

    Trustee Focus

    Partner Insight session: Achieving better outcomes in retirement

    WEALTH at work conducted some research with the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) which revealed 81% of the trustees surveyed believed members are not properly equipped to deal with the tax implications of accessing their pension, following the introduction of Freedom and Choice in 2015. Despite the fears for scheme members, the survey found a lack of support, with just over a third (35%) of trustees surveyed providing financial education for their members. Just 21% of trustees revealed they are providing or facilitating regulated advice for their members at retirement. This session will discuss ways to achieve better outcomes in retirement.

    Jonathan Watts-Lay, Director, WEALTH at work

    Partner insight session: End game journey planning

    TPR are actively asking trustees how their schemes are approaching their endgame. It’s looking likely that having an agreed long-term objective will become a core part of the regulatory landscape. But how should trustees and companies go about setting such a target? And once they have a target how should they use it to make better ongoing decisions in the management of their pension scheme? This session will help you to:

    • Set objectives that are right for your scheme
    • Put in place the right monitoring and decision-making frameworks
    • Identify the right actions at the right time to make your target a reality

    Ian Mills, Principal, Head of DB Endgame Strategy, Barnett Waddingham

    Refreshment and networking break

    Please use this time to browse our exhibition area, grab yourself a snack!

    PANEL: Future of Trusteeship

    The Pensions Regulator has been very clear that they expect trustee boards to improve the standards of governance. Asking a number of questions that this session will cover:

    • Should there be an accredited professional Trustee on every board

    • Can sole trustees effectively run pension schemes

    Lesley Carline, President, PMI
    Robin Ellison, Consultant, Pinsent Masons & Professor of Pensions Law and Economics, Cass Business School

    Nita Tinn, Chair, APPT

    Closing Keynote: Pensions dashbaord

    Chris Curry, Principal, Pensions Dashboard Industry Delivery Group

    Chairman's closing remarks

    James Phillips, Deputy Editor, Professional Pensions

    CLICK https://www.professionalpensionslive.com/2020/en/page/day-2 to view day 2

    Keynote speakers

    Arc Pensions Law
    Chief Executive
    The Pensions Regulator
    Principal, Pensions Dashboards Programme
    Money and Pensions Service
    Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
    The Pensions Regulator
    Parliamentary Under-Secretary
    Department for Work and Pensions
    The Times
    Trustee Director
    Ross Trustees

    Highlights from the 2019 event:


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