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

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