PLSA Local Group Events

London Regional Groups - Special Event

Pensions industry lessons from Down Under - a vision of the future for the uk?

Our thanks to Schroders who hosted this event (November 2023)
Thanks also to Adrian Cooper, Chair, Central London Group and Graham Martin, South East Group for their assistance in organising this session.

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Speakers and Session Details

Chair, Sam Mostyn, CEO, Deanne Stewart and Deputy CIO and Head of International, Damien Webb from one of the largest Australian pension schemes, Aware Super have very kindly agreed to take time out of their diary to speak to PLSA regional group members. Aware Super, is one of Australia’s largest profit-for-member pension funds with over 1.1m members and a projected growth trajectory from A$150bn to A$250bn in the new few years. This event coincides with the launch of their London office that week.

As UK DC assets grow and as the UK government becomes increasingly interested in shaping the pensions landscape to help meet some of its objectives, Sam, Deanne and Damien will share their perspective on a range of issues directly relevant to the pensions industry in the UK now and how it may evolve in the future including:

  • The evolution of the ‘super’ industry in Australia - how it got to where it is today and the increasing focus on how the industry can pivot from accumulation to drawdown stages.
  • How Aware Super is positioned to be the “retirement destination” for its members through an innovative digital transformation strategy.
  • The role of Australian pension funds in ‘nation building’ - which has direct parallels to recent announcements by the UK Government.
  • Aware Super’s investment strategy against a backdrop where retirees are expected to own more than half of all superannuation assets within a decade and potentially exceed 70% by 2042.


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