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Annual Conference 2020 | 12-16 October | online conference

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09:00 - 09:15

Event open

Networking |

online |

09:00 - 09:15

Event open. Familiarise yourself with the digital platform

09:15 - 09:30

FUTURE OF OUR INDUSTRY

Keynote 1 |

Auditorium |

09:15 - 09:30

New research on the evolution of workplace pensions
Julian Mund, Chief Executive, PLSA

09:45- 10:30

PENSIONS, ECONOMY AND SOCIETY

Keynote 2 |

Auditorium |

09:45 - 10:30

The world is shifting rapidly – can our industry lead the way?
Torsten Bell, Chief Executive, Resolution Foundation
Janet Henry, Global Chief Economist, HSBC
Steve Webb, Partner, LCP: former Minister for Pensions
Chair: Nigel Peaple, Director of Policy and Research, PLSA

10:45 - 11:30

CODE + COVID – WHAT NOW FOR LONG-TERM TARGETS?

DB Stream session 1 |

Auditorium |

10:45 - 11:30

New regulation combined with the pandemic poses additional challenges
Matthew Arends, Head of UK Retirement Policy, Aon
Chris Martin, Chair, Independent Trustee Director, Howdens
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Senior Policy Lead

Engaging with engagement

DC stream session 1 |

Auditorium |

10:45 - 11:30

Will putting control in the hands of savers lead to greater engagement?
Michelle Cracknell, Independent Non-Executive Director and Pension Trustee
George Currie, Policy Lead: Lifetime Savings, PLSA
Donna Walsh, Head of Proposition Deployment, Standard Life
Chair: Craig Rimmer, Policy Lead: Master Trusts, PLSA

LONGEVITY RISK IMPLICATIONS FOR INSURER PRICING - COVID, REINSURANCE AND THE FUTURE

New horizons session 1 |

Auditorium |

10:45 - 11:30

Spotlight on longevity developments
Jamie Funnell, Longevity Actuary, Pensions Insurance Corporation
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Senior Policy Lead

HOW SCHEMES CAN BE GOOD STEWARDS

Climate and ESG stream session 1 |

Auditorium |

10:45 - 11:30

Voting, engagement and communication – the golden rules of stewardship
Adam Matthews, Director of Ethics and Engagement, Church of England Pension Board
Diandra Soobiah, Head of Responsible Investment, NEST
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

11:45 - 12:30

BUILDING RESILIENT CREDIT PORTFOLIOS IN A WORLD WORTH INHABITING

Learning Zone 1 |

Learning Zone |

11:45 - 12:30

Sustainable credit investment for real life scenarios
Rachel Basarab-Horwath, Director Institutional Business, AXA Investment Managers
Sébastien Proffit, Head of Fixed Income Portfolio Solutions, AXA Investment Managers
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

FIDUCIARY MANAGEMENT - SETTING THE RIGHT GOVERNANCE STRUCTURE

Specialist session 1 |

Auditorium |

11:45 - 12:30

“If you want to test your memory, try to recall what you were worrying about a year ago today”
Robert Hunt, Chair of Trustees, Veolia UK Pension Trustees
Neil Walton, Head of Investment Solutions, Schroders
Chair: Alyshia Harrington-Clark, Policy Lead: DC, PLSA

12:45 – 13:30

SUPPORTING SAVERS – RETIREMENT LIVING STANDARDS ONE YEAR ON

Keynote 3 |

Auditorium |

12:45 - 13:30

The answer to ‘How much do I need to retire?’ in action
Nigel Peaple, Director of Policy and Research, PLSA
Chair: Emma Douglas, Chair, PLSA Policy Board; Head of DC, LGIM

13:30 – 15:30

Meet our exhibitors

Networking |

Virtual exhibition hall |

13:30 - 15:30

Meet our exhibitors

Hot topic member chat: Retirement Living Standards

Text chat |

Networking lounge |

14:00 - 14:30

Join us for a chat about best practice and current uptake

09:00 - 09:15

Event open

Networking |

online |

09:00 - 09:15

Event open. Familiarise yourself with site

09:15 – 10:00

WHAT CAN SOMEONE WITH 13 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS TELL US ABOUT ENGAGEMENT?

Keynote 4 |

Auditorium |

09:15 - 10:00

The Money Saving Expert live, with a focus on pensions
Martin Lewis, Executive Chair, The Money Saving Expert
Chair: Michael Watkins, Head of Proposition Development, Smart Pension; Co-Founder, NextGenNow Committee

10:15 – 11:00

THE WORLD NEEDS SUPERCHARGED PENSION FUNDS AND SUPERHERO TRUSTEES

DB stream session 2 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

Action schemes can take now to achieve positive and tangible outcomes
Tim Manuel, UK Head of Responsible Investment, Aon
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Senior Policy Lead

Details coming soon...

DC stream session 2 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

Details coming soon...
Gavin Lewis, Head of UK LGPS, BlackRock; Co-founder Talkaboutblack initiative, Diversity Project
Chair: Craig Rimmer, Policy Lead: Master Trusts, PLSA

THE ROLE OF SCHEMES AND EMPLOYERS IN PROMOTING FINANCIAL WELLBEING

New horizons session 2 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

Promoting greater financial health and wealth
Mark Rowlands, Director, Customer Engagement, NEST Corporation
Kate Grant, Head of Pensions and Benefits, Vodafone
Chair: Alyshia Harrington-Clark, Policy Lead: DC, PLSA

THE ABCS OF ESG COMMUNICATION

ESG and climate session 2 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

How to disclose your scheme’s environment, social and governance credentials
Sean Collins, Head of Pension Fund, Oxfordshire County Council
Claire Jones, Head of Responsible Investment, LCP
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

11:15 – 12:00

ASSESSING EMPLOYER COVENANT IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

Learning Zone 2 |

Learning Zone |

11:15 - 12:00

Could your scheme be at risk?
Daniel Gerring, Head of Pensions, Travers Smith; D&I Advisory Board, PLSA
Matthew Harrison, Managing Director, Lincoln Pensions
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

KEY CHALLENGES FACING DC TRUST-BASED SCHEMES

Specialist session 2 |

Auditorium |

11:15 - 12:00

Using the right tools for the job
Gail Izat, Workplace Pensions Director, Phoenix Group
Jess Williams, Senior Manager CIS and Relationships, Phoenix Corporate Investment Services
Chair: Samuel Condry, Policy Lead: Standards, PLSA

12:15 – 13:00

EVOLVING THE PENSION FREEDOMS – THE PLSA’S NEW APPROACH TO DC DECUMULATION

Keynote 5 |

Auditorium |

12:15 - 13:00

An innovative approach to a highly consequential area of pensions policy
Paddy Greene, Head of Policy, Money and Consumer Rights, Which?
Lizzy Holliday, Head of DC, Master Trusts and Lifetime Savings, PLSA
Laura Myers, Member, PLSA Policy Board; Head of DC, LCP
Chair: Emma Douglas, Chair, PLSA Policy Board; Head of DC, LGIM

13:00 - 15:00

Meet our exhibitors

Networking |

virtual exhbition hall |

13:00 - 15:00

Meet our exhibitors

Hot topic member chat: Covid-19 – the industry’s experience

Text chat |

Networking lounge |

14:00 - 14:30

Share your great successes as well as obstacles that remain

09:00 - 09:30

Event open

Networking |

Online |

09:00 - 09:30

Event open. Familiarise yourself with site

09:30 - 10:15

KEYNOTE ADDRESS BY THE PENSIONS MINISTER

Keynote 6 |

Auditorium |

09:30 - 10:15

Guy Opperman MP, Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion
Chair: Emma Douglas, Chair, PLSA Policy Board; Head of DC, LGIM

10:30 – 11:15

AND THEY’RE OFF! SUPERFUNDS OUT OF THE (REGULATORY) STARTING GATE

DB stream session 3 |

Auditorium |

10:30 - 11:15

The evolution of superfunds is just beginning
David Fairs, Executive Director for Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, TPR
Adam Saron, Chief Executive, Clara Pensions
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Senior Policy Lead

SMALL POTS = BIG CHALLENGES

DC stream session 3 |

Auditorium |

10:30 - 11:15

The latest solutions for savers
Adrian Boulding, Director of Policy, NOW: Pensions
Tim Gosling, Head of Pensions Policy, The People’s Pension
Co-speaker, tbc
Chair: Lizzy Holliday, Head of DC, Master Trusts and Lifetime Savings, PLSA

PROTECTING SAVERS FROM PENSION SCAMS

New horizons session 3 |

Auditorium |

10:30 - 11:15

Staying one step ahead of the scammers
Margaret Snowdon OBE, President, Pensions Administration Standards Association
Stephen Timms MP, Chair, Work and Pensions Committee
Chair: Craig Rimmer, Policy Lead: Master Trusts, PLSA

FROM GREAT RECESSION TO GREEN RECOVERY

Climate and ESG stream session 3 |

Auditorium |

10:30 - 11:15

Let the great rebuild begin!
Jeremy Lawson, Chief Economist and Head of Aberdeen Standard Investments Research Institute
Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership
Chair: George Currie, Policy Lead: Lifetime Savings, PLSA

11:30 - 12:15

FROM MANY TO ONE: HOW RELEVANT AND PERSONALISED COMMUNICATIONS WIN MEMBER HEARTS AND MINDS

Learning zone 3 |

Learning Zone |

11:30 - 12:15

People pay attention when you make it personal
Donna Walsh, Head of Proposition Deployment, Standard Life
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

PROTECT, PRESERVE, PERFORM – THE GOLDEN PATHWAY FOR UK PENSIONS

Specialist session 3 |

Auditorium |

11:30 - 12:15

Are some safe havens safer than others over the long term?
Claire Lincoln, Head of Sales, EMEA, World Gold Council
John Reade, Chief Market Strategist, World Gold Council
Chair: Samuel Condry, Policy Lead: Standards, PLSA

12:30 – 13:15

INVESTING FOR GOOD

Keynote 7 |

Auditorium |

12:30 - 13:15

Examining pensions’ contribution to the climate crisis
Rachel Brothwood, Director of Pensions, West Midlands Pension Fund
Tony Burdon, Chief Executive, Make My Money Matter
Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA; Managing Director, PTL
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

13:15 - 15:15

Meet our exhibitors

Networking |

Virtual exhbition hall |

13:15 - 15:15

Meet our exhibitors

Hot topic member chat: Pension Dashboard

Text chat |

Networking lounge |

14:00 - 14:30

How are you preparing, and top tips

09:00 - 09:15

Event open

Networking |

Online |

09:00 - 09:15

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09:15 - 10:00

FINANCIAL WELLBEING IN THE AGE OF COVID-19

Keynote 8 |

Auditorium |

09:15 - 10:00

Improving the economic health of the UK’s consumers
Sarah Porretta, Director of Strategy and Insights, Money and Pensions Service
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA; Managing Director, PTL

10:15 – 11:00

UNPICKING THE PENSION SCHEME BILL

DB stream session 4 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

Putting the PSB under a microscope
Rob Orr, Head of Technical and Comms, SAUL Trustee Company
Carolyn Saunders, Partner, Head of Pensions & Long-Term Savings, Pinsent Masons
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

WHAT’S NEXT FOR AUTO ENROLMENT AND MASTER TRUSTS?

DC stream session 4 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

Determining the direction of future travel for DC
Adrian Boulding, Director of Policy, NOW: Pensions
Chris Curry, Director, Pensions Policy Institute
Rob O’Carroll, Automatic Enrolment and NEST policy, DWP
Chair: Lizzy Holliday, Head of DC, Master Trusts and Lifetime Savings, PLSA

THE DE-RISKING JOURNEY – LESSONS FROM REPEAT BULK ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS

New Horizons stream session 4 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

A live case study of multiple pensioner buy-ins
James Giles, Pensions Investment & Risk Manager, The Co-op
Mitul Magudia, Head of Business Development, Pension Insurance Corporation
Chair: James Phillips, Deputy Editor, Professional Pensions

INTEGRATING ESG INTO CREDIT PORTFOLIOS

Climate and ESG stream session 4 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

An odd couple no more
Sam Lamb, Head of Credit and ESG, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Chair: Adrian Messina, Business Development Manager, PLSA

11:15 – 12:00

ESG AND CLIMATE CHANGE 101 FOR YOUR PENSION SCHEME

Learning Zone 4 |

Learning Zone |

11:15 - 12:00

The complete future-proofing guide for trustees
Pat Sharman, Managing Director UK, CACEIS
Valéry Théry, Group Product Manager, CACEIS
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

DB MASTER TRUSTS – PROVIDING RESILIENCE IN TURBULENT TIMES

Specialist session 4 |

Auditorium |

11:15 - 12:00

Debunking consolidation myths; demonstrating the benefits
Helena Dumycz, Head of Employer Relationships, TPT Retirement Solutions
Sean Gilfeather, TPT Retirement Solutions
Co-speaker, tbc
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

12:15 – 13:00

LOOKING BACK TO MOVE FORWARD

Keynote 9 |

Auditorium |

12:15 - 13:00

A noted historian links lessons from the past with our collective future
David Olusoga, Historian, Writer and Broadcaster
Chair: James Walsh, Head of Member Engagement, PLSA

13:00 – 15:00

Meet our exhibitors

Networking |

Virtual exhbition hall |

13:00 - 15:00

Meet our exhibitors

Hot topic member chat: DB Funding Code

Text chat |

Networking lounge |

14:00 - 14:30

What are you doing to get ready?

09:00 - 09:15

Event open

Networking |

Online |

09:00 - 09:15

Event open. Explore the platform.

09:15 – 10:00

OXFORD UNION STYLE DEBATE

Keynote 10 |

Auditorium |

09:15 - 10:00

This house believes pensions tax relief should continue across all earning categories
François Barker, Head of Pensions, Eversheds Sutherland
Paul Brice, Head, Pensions Advisory, Grant Thornton
Philip Brown, Director, Policy and External Affairs, The People’s Pension
Rosalind Connor, Managing Partner, ARC Pensions Law
Chair: Emma Douglas, Chair, PLSA Policy Board; Head of DC, LGIM

10:15 – 11:00

CLEARER, QUICKER, TOUGHER – WHAT DOES TPR HAVE PLANNED FOR US?

Keynote 11 |

Auditorium |

10:15 - 11:00

A big year for The Pensions Regulator, explained and contextualised
Charles Counsell, Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA; Managing Director, PTL

11:15 – 12:00

NAVIGATING THE NEW, NEW NORMAL

Keynote 12 |

Auditorium |

11:15 - 12:00

A front row, centre seat for UK politics under pressure
Andrew Neil, Journalist and Broadcaster
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA; Managing Director, PTL

12:00 - 14:00

Meet our exhibitors

Networking |

Virtual exhbition hall |

12:00 - 14:00

Meet our exhibitors

14:00 - 14:30

Hot topic member chat: The future of our industry

Text chat |

Networking lounge |

14:00 - 14:30

Where are we all headed?