Programme

Programme

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Keynote speakers include:

Ian Blackford MP, Westminster Leader, Scottish National Party
Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom
Tom Donilon, Senior Director, BlackRock Institute; former National Security Adviser to Barack Obama
Laura Kuenssberg, Political Journalist and Broadcaster
Gina Miller, Co-Founder SCM Direct; transparency and ethics activist 
Anne Richards, Chief Executive Officer, M&G
Dan Snow, Historian and broadcaster; BBC’s ‘history man’

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 Wednesday 07 March

10:00

Registration and exhibition opens

10:30 - 11:30

Fringe meeting 1 - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
Trustee Learning Zone 1 - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

11:30 - 12:00

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

12:00 - 13:00

Fringe meeting 2 - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
Trustee Learning Zone 2 - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON

12:30 - 14:00

Lunch in the exhibition hall

Plenary 1
14:00 - 14:10

Chair's introduction and welcome

Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA

Plenary 2
14:10 - 14:55

10 years after the global financial crisis

The former deputy prime minister took office while the UK was still in the throes of the global financial crisis. Part of the government that led the country into a more stable fiscal position, we hear his views on what we have learned since the crisis and what more can still be improved. 

Nick Clegg, Former Deputy Prime Minister, United Kingdom 

14:55 - 15:40

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

15:05 - 15:20

LEARNING HUB IN THE EXHIBITION HALL: FACE TO FACE WITH nick clegg

Plenary 3
15:40 - 16:20

painting the geopolitical picture

President Obama's former national security adviser gives his perspective on the most critical geopolitical situations facing the world, including North Korea, threats to globalisation, and potential scenarios for the EU after the UK's departure, along with the likely market impacts of these events.

Tom Donilon, Senior Director, BlackRock Institute; former National Security Adviser to Barack Obama

PLENARY 4
16:20 - 17:20

forecasting the next big risk

A panel of senior investment figures discuss macro risks to determine which they see as most threatening. Examples include risks from geopolitical developments, Chinese debt and stranded assets. The audience votes on their own choices both before and after the panel, allowing us to see if the panellists' comments have changed their minds.

Elizabeth Fernando, Head of Equities, USS

Lucy MacdonaldChief Investment Officer, Global Equities, Allianz Global Investors

Co-speaker tbc

17:30

Registration and exhibition closes



 Thursday 08 March

08:00

Registration opens

09:00

Exhibition opens

Plenary 5
09:15- 10:00

BENEFITING from the wages of SIn

The so-called 'sin' stocks - tobacco, alcohol, gambling, and firearms - are often seen as solid equity performers. Is it ethical for investors to benefit from investment in companies that may harm people? Does the financial upside of these shares erase their potential for societal damage? Do shares in sin stocks actually outperform more sober equities in the long run?

Rachel Melsom, Director, UK and Europe, Tobacco Free Portfolios

Christopher Snowdon, Head of Lifestyle Economics, Institute of Economic Affairs

Co-speaker tbc  

Chaired by Attracta Mooney, Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

PLENARY 6
10:00- 10:25

Demographics, behaviour and asset allocation

Demographic change in the UK and other nations has important implications for schemes. What are the consequences of demographic changes for flows of people and capital?  We discuss the linkages between demographics, growth and public debt. What should investors understand about demographics to create the best possible asset allocation?                

Amlan Roy, Global Chief Retirement Strategist, State Street Global Advisors

PLENARY 7
10:25- 11:10

taper without the tantrum? how the end of qe will impact pensions 

The low interest rates caused by the quantitative easing helped boost the UK economy, but created a difficult investment environment for pensions. As the Bank of England slims down its asset purchase programme and begins to raise rates, pension funds, in theory, will be well-placed to benefit.  What should investors understand about the interest rate environment and its effect on their scheme? 

David Miles, Professor of Financial Economics, Imperial College Business School; former Monetary Policy Committee member, Bank of England

Megan Greene, Chief Economist, John Hancock Financial Services/Manulife Asset Management

Co-speaker tbc

 11:10 - 11:55

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall


 11:20 - 11:35

LEARNING HUB IN THE EXHIBITION HALL

Stream Session 1
11:55 - 12:35

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PLENARY 8
12:45- 13:15

VIEW FROM THE TOP - REFLECTIONS ON RUNNING A LARGE ASSET MANAGEment company

A serial inhabitant of the C-suite at large investment management organisations gives her thoughts on the responsibilities that come with the territory, while providing an overview of the current challenges facing schemes and those who advise them.  What does it take to be entrusted with hundreds of billions in investment?

Interview with Anne Richards, Chief Executive Officer, M&G

Chaired by Attracta Mooney, Investment Correspondent, Financial Times

13:15 - 14:45

Lunch in the exhibition hall

14:00 - 14:15

LEARNING HUB IN THE EXHIBITION HALL: face to face with anne richards

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14:45 - 15:25

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15:25 - 16:05

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

15:35 - 15:50

LEARNING HUB IN THE EXHIBITION HALL

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Plenary 9
16:55 - 17:30

before, during and after

A leading journalist and historian provides an overview of Great Britain’s relationship with Europe before the creation of the European Union and while it was a member nation, and offers speculation about UK’s affiliation with the EU after Brexit.  What will history make of the UK’s exit from the EU?

Dan Snow, Historian and broadcaster; BBC’s ‘history man’

17:30 - 20:00

plsa Drinks reception in the exhibition hall

Short speech by Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA at 18:00



 Friday 09 March

09:00

Registration and exhibition opens

Plenary 10
09:30 - 10:15

investment fee transparency

The FCA is working toward the creation of a standardised cost disclosure template, which will enable schemes to understand the value for money proposition of their investment providers. This framework may also make the UK’s asset management sector more competitive globally. What are the challenges and opportunities that may arise from the adoption of this framework?

Speakers tbc

Plenary 11
10:15 - 11:00

The scottish pensions sector as a key uk economic driver

Scotland’s pensions and investment advisers punch above their weight – contributing £7.5bn to the UK economy annually and employing 15% of the UK’s asset management and servicing professionals. The SNP’s Westminster leader gives a presentation, before tearin’ the tartan with a panel of Scottish investors to discuss the opportunities and threats to the Scottish investment sector. 

Ian Blackford MP, Westminster Leader, Scottish National Party

Co-speakers tbc

11:00 - 11:40

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

11:10 - 11:25

LEARNING HUB IN THE EXHIBITION HALL

Plenary 12
11:40 - 12:20

brexit's impact on retirement behaviours

The investment manager who led the legal charge that forced the government to require a Parliamentary vote to trigger Article 50, discusses the impact that Brexit may have on retirement savings behaviours. 

Gina Miller, Co-Founder SCM Direct; transparency and ethics activist 

Plenary 13
12:20 - 13:00

anticipating great britain's political future

The United Kingdom’s recent political scene has been turbulent, with a minority government not always able to implement legislation and a resurgent opposition clamouring for its own turn. With lowered economic projections, downgraded productivity growth and the one year clock for Brexit ticking, what can the UK expect to see from its elected leadership? What should the government do to restore confidence to a shaken nation?

Laura Kuenssberg, Political Journalist and Broadcaster 

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch in the exhibition hall

14:00

Close of conference and exhibition


The PLSA reserves the right to alter or amend the programme should it become necessary due to circumstances beyond their control. 
This conference qualifies for up to 7 hours CPD under the PMI CPD Scheme and may qualify for CPD hours under the schemes of other professional bodies.