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2019 Presentations





Speaker presentations and related documents from the 2019 event can be found within the session details in the programme below.

Please note that we do not have permission to share some slides.

12:00

Registration open

Registration |

Mezzanine |

12:00 - 19:00

13:00 – 14:00

NETWORKING LUNCH FOR LOCAL PENSION BOARD AND PENSION COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Networking |

Starling |

13:00 - 14:00

14:00 – 15:00

ALTERNATIVE CREDIT FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Learning Zone for Local Authorities only |

Drake suite |

14:00 - 15:00

Understanding the types of fixed income assets that may prepare LGPS investors for coming market volatility
Alistair Lumsden, Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer, East Lodge Capital
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment break

Networking |

Drake Suite |

15:00 - 15:30

15:30 – 16:30

HOT AND BOTHERED? GETTING TO GRIPS WITH CLIMATE CHANGE

Learning Zone for Local Authorities only |

Drake suite |

15:30 - 16:30

The long-term possibilities for climate change's impact on LGPS funds
Catherine McFadyen, Head of LGPS Actuarial, Benefits and Governance, Hymans Robertson
William Marshall, Head of LGPS Investment Clients, Hymans Robertson
Chair: Rachel Pine, Events & Training Content Manager, PLSA

16:30 – 16:45

Refreshment break

Networking |

Swift Suite |

16:30 - 16:45

16:45 – 17:45

UK REAL ESTATE – NAVIGATING STRUCTURAL CHANGES

Specialist session |

Swift suite |

16:45 - 17:45

Fundamental changes in the property market may create new opportunities for LGPS investors
Andrew Allen, Global Head of Investment Research, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Chair: Caroline Escott, Policy Lead: Investment and Stewardship, PLSA

17:45 – 19:00

Welcome drinks reception in the exhibition hall

Networking |

Exhibition Hall |

17:45 - 19:00

19:00 – 21:00

Dinner in the hotel restaurant

Networking |

Restaurant |

19:00 - 21:00

No formal arrangements

07:00 - 08:00

Birdwatching walk

Networking |

Reception |

07:00 - 08:00

Join the PLSA’s James Walsh on a birdwatching walk as we explore the pathways around the conference hotel.
James Walsh, Head of Member Engagement, PLSA

09:00

Exhibition opens and coffee served

Networking |

Exhibition |

09:00 - 19:00

09:15 – 09:25

CHAIR’S WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

Plenary 1 |

Mallard Suite |

09:15 - 09:25

Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA | Managing Director, PTL

09:25 – 09:55

VIEW FROM WHITEHALL

Plenary 2 |

Mallard Suite |

09:25 - 09:55

The Minister for Local Government provides an update and a look ahead at how he is thinking about the LGPS
Rishi Sunak MP, Minister for Local Government
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA | Managing Director, PTL

09:55 – 10:45

THE FLOOR TO CEILING VIEW

Plenary 3 |

Mallard Suite |

09:55 - 10:45

A scene-setter for our whole conference, including the 2019 valuations and the launch of this year's Scheme Annual Report
Jeff Houston, Head of Pensions, Local Government Association
Cllr Roger Phillips, Chair, The LGPS Advisory Board; member of Herefordshire Council and Worcestershire Pensions Committee
Michael Scanlon, Deputy Chief Actuary, Government Actuary's Department
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Policy Lead: LGPS and DB, PLSA

10:45 – 11:25

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

Networking |

Exhibition hall |

10:45 - 11:25

11:25 – 12:10

VALUATIONS FIT 4 THE FUTURE

Governance and Administration stream |

Drake suite |

11:25 - 12:10

Understanding the impact of the move to quadrennial valuations
Paul Middleman, Partner, Mercer
Simon Taylor, Head of Pensions, West Midlands Pension Fund
Chair: Phil Triggs, Tri-Borough Director of Treasury and Pensions, Westminster City Council

THE UN’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS AND IMPACT INVESTING: PRIVATE VERSUS PUBLIC MARKETS

Investment Stream |

Mallard suite |

11:25 - 12:10

Jon Dean, Portfolio Manager, AXA IM Impact Investments
Karen Shackleton, Independent Adviser
Ian Smith, Portfolio Manager, AXA IM Framlington Equities
Chair: Caroline Escott, Policy Lead: Investment and Stewardship, PLSA

STRENGTHENING PENSION PROTECTION – UNDERSTANDING THE NEW FAIR DEAL AMENDMENTS

New Horizons Stream |

Swift suite |

11:25 - 12:10

Understanding the new information on the new Fair Deal
Annemarie Allen, Senior Pensions Consultant, Barnett Waddingham
Con Hargrave, Policy Adviser, Local Government Finance Reform and Pensions, MHCLG
Glyn Jenkins, Head of Pensions, UNISON
Chair: Tiffany Tsang, Policy Lead: LGPS and DB, PLSA

12:10 – 13:30

Lunch

Networking |

Restaurant |

12:10 - 13:30

13:30 – 14:15

REFINING THE LGPS – LA RELATIONSHIP

Plenary 4 |

Mallard Suite |

13:30 - 14:15

An overview of the SAB's new report on improving governance in the LGPS
Robert Holloway, Pensions Secretary, Local Government Association
Catherine McFadyen, Head of LGPS Actuarial, Benefits and Governance, Hymans Robertson
Chair: Rachel Brothwood, Director of Pensions, West Midlands Pension Fund

14:20 – 15:05

UNITING DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES - LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN ACTION

Governance and Administration stream |

Drake suite |

14:20 - 15:05

Many different types of perspectives are involved in making LGPS decisions
Sean Collins, Head of Pension Fund, Oxfordshire County Council
Cllr John Horner, Vice Chair, Staff & Pensions Committee, Warwickshire County Council
Emelda Nicholroy, Head of Pensions Policy, University and Colleges Employers Association
Chair: Teresa Fritz, Member, PLSA Policy Board

COST TRANSPARENCY AND THE LGPS

Investment Stream |

Mallard suite |

14:20 - 15:05

Learn about the progress of the Cost Transparency Initiative
Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA
Jill Davys, Assistant Director, Investments and Finance, West Midlands Pension Fund
Jonathan Lipkin, Director, Policy, Strategy and Research, Investment Association
Chair: Dawn Turner, Chief Executive, Brunel Pension Partnership

CAPITALISING ON DISRUPTION

New Horizons stream |

Swift suite |

14:20 - 15:05

How can we benefit from the rise of Amazon, Uber and Airbnb?
Rob Almeida, Global Investment Strategist, MFS
Andrien Meyers, Head of Treasury and Pensions, London Borough of Lambeth
Chair: Caroline Escott, Policy Lead: Investment and Stewardship, PLSA

15:05 – 15:35

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

Networking |

Exhbition hall |

15:05 - 15:35

15:35 – 16:20

UNDERSTANDING THE LOCAL IMPACT OF GLOBAL EVENTS

Plenary 5 |

Mallard Suite |

15:35 - 16:20

An economics MOT, with a special emphasis on property
Sabina Kalyan, Co-Head of Global Research & Global Chief Economist, CBRE Global Investors
Chair: Joe Dabrowski, Head of DB, LGPS and Standards, PLSA

16:20 – 17:20

THIS HOUSE BELIEVES THE LGPS SHOULD BE REQUIRED TO BUILD SOCIAL HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION

Plenary 6 |

Mallard Suite |

16:20 - 17:20

The audience will vote before and after this debate, which is sure to be a spirited one!
William Bourne, Independent adviser (against the motion)
Ted Frith, Chief Operating Officer, GLIL Infrastructure (pro the motion)
Guest chair: Nicola Mark, Member, PLSA Policy Board; Head of Norfolk Pension Fund
Chair: Joseph O'Toole, Executive Programme Director, Debate Mate

19:00 – 22:30

CONFERENCE DINNER SPONSORED BY MERCER

Networking |

whimbrel marquee |

19:00 - 22:30

After dinner speaker: Ayesha Hazarika, Columnist, broadcaster and political commentator

09:00

Exhibition opens coffee served

Networking |

Exhibition hall |

09:00 - 11:30

09:30 – 10:15

TPR and the LGPS: STRENGTHENING TIES

Plenary 7 |

Mallard Suite |

09:30 - 10:15

How can TPR and the LGPS work together effectively?
Fiona Frobisher, Head of Policy, The Pensions Regulator
Chair: Nicola Mark, Member, PLSA Policy Board; Head of Norfolk Pension Fund

10:15 - 11:00

INVESTMENT POOL GOVERNANCE – EFFECTIVE BOARDS AND COMMITTEES

Plenary 8 |

Mallard Suite |

10:15 - 11:00

The process of LGPS asset pooling continues
Ronald Graham, Pension Board Chair, Derbyshire County Council
Fiona Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Border to Coast Pensions Partnership
Andrew Reid, Chair of Pension Fund Committee, Suffolk County Council; Chair, ACCESS Pool
Chair: Neil Mason, Member, PLSA Policy Board; Head of Pensions, Surrey County Council

11:00 – 11:30

Refreshment break in the exhibition hall

Networking |

Exhibition hall |

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:15

PREPARING FOR THE OLD AGE REVOLUTION

Plenary 9 |

Mallard Suite |

11:30 - 12:15

Understand the new views of old age - and why this is important for the LGPS!
Baroness Camilla Cavendish, Journalist; former Head of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street; author, Extra Time: 10 Lessons for an Ageing Society
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA | Managing Director, PTL

12:15 – 13:00

WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL ABOUT BIG DATA?

Plenary 10 |

Mallard Suite |

12:15 - 13:00

Understanding the uses, and potential abuses, of information that is collected about all of us
Timandra Harkness, Science Writer, Broadcaster and Comedian
Chair: Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA | Managing Director, PTL

13:00

Lunch, close of conference

Networking |

Restaurant |

13:00 - 14:00

Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association reserves the right to amend the programme.