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Wednesday 07 march

14:10 - 14:55 plenary 2

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

Chaired by Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA

16:10 - 17:10 plenary 4

forecasting the next big risk

A panel of senior investment figures discuss macro and thematic 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 speakers' comments have changed their minds.

David Adkins, Head of Investment Strategy, Lloyds Banking Group Elizabeth Fernando, Head of Equities, USS

Simon Lee, Head of M&S Pension Trust; Chief Investment Officer, Marks and Spencer

Lucy Macdonald, Chief Investment Officer, Global Equities, Allianz Global Investors
Chaired by Mark CobleyInvestment Editor, Financial News  

17:10 - 17:45 plenary 5

ensuring value for money in investment management fees

The call for transparency in investment fees is louder than ever before, with asset owners and regulators pushing for disclosure of manager fees across asset classes.  Against this background, investors must continue seeking out investment advice.  With new recommendations emerging from the Industry Disclosure Working Group, what are the next steps for investors, advisors and service providers? 

Chris Sier, Chair, Institutional Disclosure Working Group, FCA

Co-speaker TBC                                                       
Chaired by: Philip Aldrick, Economics Editor, The Times    

Thursday 08 march

10:15 - 11:00 plenary 7

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 schemes?

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

David Miles, Professor of Financial Economics, Imperial College Business School; former Monetary Policy Committee member, Bank of England
Robert Waugh, CEO and CIO, Royal Bank of Scotland Pension Fund  Chaired by: TBC

11:45 - 12:25 investment & governance stream session 1

getting active on owner/manager alignment

Asset owners have become misaligned with asset managers and consequently forfeit the full value of active management. Shorter-term trustee board appointments and increased pressure on asset owners may result in managers not being able to demonstrate their ability over a full investment cycle. Better owner/manager alignment will result in enhanced returns, but how can governance around manager selection be improved?  Are there accurate ways to identify, measure and monitor investment skill?

Carol GeremiaPresident and Head of Global Distribution, MFS Institutional Advisors

James Duberly, Director, Pensions Investments, BBC

Chaired by Caroline EscottPolicy Lead: Investment and DB, PLSA   

14:35 - 15:15 db stream session 2

a triangular view on improving integrated risk management

The Pensions Regulator has issued guidance instructing schemes to adopt a proportionate approach to integrated risk management that is bespoke to their own investment, covenant and funding risks. To maximise efficacy, schemes must ensure that a common language is spoken between the three areas.  How can schemes ensure that their integrated risk management strategy is tailored to their individual risk framework?

Fred BerryLead Investment Consultant, The Pensions Regulator

Kelly Davies, Head of Corporate Pensions, BAE Systems
 Sinead LeahyCo-head, Pensions Investment Consulting Practice, PwC Chaired by Joe Dabrowski, Head of Governance and Investment, PLSA

16:00 - 16:40 dc stream session 3

next steps after auto-enrolment

As of December 2017, nine million UK workers were enrolled in a DC scheme and by 2019-2020, a total of £17bn will be invested in workplace pensions due to auto-enrolment. The initiative is successful so far, but what are the next steps for auto-enrolment?  As auto-enrolment increases, both in number of participants and assets under management, what potential pitfalls must investment managers avoid?

Tim Gosling, Policy Lead: DC, PLSA

Carol Young, HR Director – Reward, Pensions & Benefits, RBS 

Chaired by Francois Barker, PLSA DC Council


FRIDAY 09 march

09:30 - 10:15 PLENARY 10

exploring the implications of our digital future

Social media is now firmly entrenched in global culture, standing at the intersection of technology, politics, business and society. Fintech’s rapid adoption could potentially upend the global financial system.  Power has shifted firmly away from the mainstream media and into the hands of the masses.  What must we all understand about these technologies and their influence – where will this technological revolution lead us?

Elizabeth Linder, Senior Consulting Fellow, Chatham House Connectivity Initiative;
Founder, Politics and Government Division, EMEA, Facebook

Chaired by Merryn Somerset Webb, Editor in Chief, MoneyWeek

11:40 - 12:20 PLENARY 12

championing tough causes

The campaigning asset manager who successfully brought the case against the UK government, forcing the Parliamentary vote on Article 50, discusses the thinking that led to the case, the True and Fair Campaign promoting transparency in asset management fees, as well as campaigning to improve scrutiny and transparency in the charity sector.  What does it take to challenge authority and defy the status quo?

Gina MillerCo-Founder SCM Direct; transparency and ethics activist

Chaired by Richard Butcher, Chair, PLSA