South London Group

South London Group

The South London Group is a very active Group serving pensions professionals living or working in our catchment areas of London, Surrey and bordering counties. New members are very welcome to join any of our events.   

We aim to provide four evening seminars each year from about 5pm to 7pm. We have had popular sessions recently from Aon Hewitt on frozen schemes, a double-header from LCP and Mn Services on Fiduciary Management and from Alan Higham on annuity provision and Test Achats. The Committee work hard to provide stimulating sessions on a broad variety of DB and DC topics. 

We hold a very popular annual Half Day Seminar in June comprising five speakers on varied and topical subjects. We aim to combine legal and investment updates with complimentary sessions on subjects such as communications, networking and trusteeship. We aim to invite at least one speaker who is an in-house pensions manager with an interesting story to tell.  

The combination of relevant, topical discussion and networking opportunities is an attraction to in-house pensions teams, trustees, advisers and those who are merely curious about pensions (regardless of age).

Becoming a member 

If you would like further information about about this group, or would like to become a member, please contact:

Rebecca McKay   |   RMcKay@trowers.com 

  

 Online Meetings in 2020

Wednesday,  23 September 2020 - Webinar

 

Time: 4.45 pm - 6.00 pm

 

Topic: Implementing Pension Scheme ESG Investment Strategy In Practice – What Are The Hurdles And How Can They Be Managed?

 

In practice, many schemes delegate responsibility for implementing their investment strategy, including their policies on ESG, to third parties and particularly fund managers. Stuart O’Brien from Sackers and Amit Bhalla from Schneider Electric will explore the challenges this creates for trustees and how they can be overcome. 

A key part of the picture is for schemes to understand the relationship dynamics in practice between organisations that are proactively developing their ESG and wider sustainability credentials and the institutional investors, including fund managers, they are hoping to attract. 
 

How to attend
Please respond by email to PLSA.SouthLondon@sackers.com if you or any of your colleagues would like to attend the webinar.

 

Speaker Bios
Stuart O’Brien, Sackers
Stuart is a leading industry figure for environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) and climate change issues, stewardship, responsible and impact investing. He advises trustees on ESG matters in investment strategy and decision making, and has authored Sackers’ series of ESG guides for trustees. He chairs the Pensions Climate Risk Industry Group and sits on high profile committees including at the PLSA, and is chair of the TCFD guidance working group (Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures). He also provides legal input to the City of London Green Finance working group, the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries working group on climate change and the newly created Impact Investment Institute. 


Amit Bhalla, Schneider Electric
Amit is the Senior Vice President and Head of Investor Relations at Schneider Electric based in London. Amit started his career in consulting and has over the years worked in diverse corporate and finance leadership roles in multinational corporations across UK, Singapore, China, France and India. Amit is a qualified Chartered Accountant with management courses from Insead and UNC. 
Schneider Electric is empowering people to make the most of energy and resources, ensuring Life Is On for everyone, everywhere and at every moment. With 135,000 employees worldwide and a presence in over 115 countries, Schneider Electric had revenues in excess of 27 billion euros in 2019.


Please feel free to pass on this invitation to a colleague and ask them to contact us if they would like to attend. 
 

 

ONLINE SEMINAR RECORDING - 17 June 2020
(click on the session title below)

 

Pensions Transfers: Practical Ways to Protect Your Scheme and Members From the Next Misselling Scandal
 

This session looked at how schemes can change the way they communicate, so that in times of stress they become the trusted source of information for their members.  
 

Speaker: Joe Craig, Quietroom
Joe’s background is as a best-selling author and screenwriter. He specialises in keeping people interested in what they’re reading, especially people with a low reading age, or who don’t want to be reading. He runs story workshops for writers of all ages, all over the world.