Effective Trusteeship in a Volatile World
This half-day forum, the AMNT’s first ‘live’ event since lockdown, will be held on TBC, at The AON Centre, The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 4AN, (This ‘Live’ event will be subject to delegates confirming their attendance, on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.)
Speakers from across the industry will consider how pension scheme trustees can effectively manage volatility and the plethora of risks impacting pension schemes today – whether they be from geopolitical actions, governmental changes, increasing regulatory requirements, financial investments, climate change issues or the changing pension landscape.
The Conference will be introduced by Janice Turner (Co-Chair of AMNT) and Nicholas Brinton (AON) and will cover the following topics, including the key priorities and challenges of meeting volatility and governance issues ‘head-on’:
- What does 21st century Trusteeship currently look like?
- What are the key priorities in an ever complex and volatile world?
- How can trustees manage, adapt to and overcome the ever-increasing volatility of global and domestic situations?
- What should pension trustees be considering post new regulation and governance requirements?
- What skills does an effective trustee need to learn and develop?
Janice Turner is founding co-chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees. She helped to found the AMNT because she believed that the voices of ordinary member-nominated trustees were not being heard. For more than eight years she has been putting forward the views of trustees to the industry and the government.
Janice has been a member of the Department for Work and Pensions Trustees Panel and the Actuarial Users' Committee of the Financial Reporting Council, and was a guest speaker at Harvard Law School's international pensions and capital stewardship conference. She has been named by Pensions Insight as one of the top 50 most influential people in the pensions industry.
Janice believes very strongly in the right and necessity of pension scheme trustees to take seriously the longterm sustainability of their investments. But, faced with the difficulty so many pension schemes have in adopting and implementing environmental, social and governance policies in relation to the stewardship of their investments, she devised a new approach to ESG, called Red Line Voting. The campaign continues with government, regulators and the pensions industry to further the rights and ability of pension schemes to direct their own stewardship policy.
Janice has appeared before the Work and Pensions Select Committee to give evidence on behalf of AMNT. She is currently a member of the Financial Reporting Council's Investor Advisory Group.
Janice's pensions background is in the defined benefit sphere, and she is a member-nominated trustee of the BECTU Staff Retirement Scheme. She has achieved the PMI Level 3 Award in Pensions Trusteeship. Janice is employed at BECTU, the film and broadcasting union, as the Editor of the union's journal Stage Screen & Radio magazine and she is also the union's award-winning diversity officer.
Senior Consultant, AON
Nick is a Senior Consultant within the Retirement and Investment practice of Aon, and is responsible for the symbiotic relationships Aon have with Trustees and Employers. The primary objective of Nick’s role is to ensure Aon are fully engaged with the sector, thus ensuring existing business is managed correctly, and new business opportunities are distributed to the right teams.
Previously to joining Aon UK in December 2013 Nick was based in Singapore for 4 years with Aon APAC. Before this Nick was a VP at Barclays Wealth where he ran a discretionary investment management group of Private Bankers. Nick has been in the Investment industry, retail and institutional for 19 years and holds the Diploma of Financial Advice CII qualification, and the Investment Management Certificate.
Interim Head of Policy in The Pension Regulators Regulatory Policy Directorate
Louise Davey is the interim Head of Policy in TPR’s Regulatory Policy Directorate, leading the team responsible for developing regulatory policy that delivers across TPR’s strategic priorities and encompasses DB, DC and public service schemes.
Louise joined the Regulator in 2007 and has worked in both policy and operational teams. Before joining the Regulator, Louise held technical roles in the pensions industry ranging across personal and occupational pensions, third party pension administration, and TPAS (The Pensions Advisory Service).
Sir Seve Webb
Steve Webb was Minister of State for Pensions between 2010 and 2015. During that time he implemented major reforms to the state pension system, oversaw the successful introduction of automatic enrolment and played a key role in the new pension freedoms implemented in April 2015. He was awarded a knighthood in the New Year’s honours in 2017.
Following his time in Parliament he worked for Royal London for four years before joining LCP as a partner in 2020, where he has campaigned successfully to secure £1 billion in back payments for over 130,000 people who had been underpaid state pensions. More recently he has been working on supporting trustees to prepare for the implementation of pension dashboards and, is working on how to secure the best possible post-retirement outcomes for DC pension savers.
10:30- Short break
Partner, Barnett WAddingham
Steve is an actuary with wide ranging defined benefit (DB) pension advisory expertise. As well as being the appointed scheme actuary to a number of trustee clients, he also has experience in areas such as corporate consultancy, investment strategy review exercises, pension taxation and executive pension benefits.
His aim is to provide pragmatic and straightforward advice and to communicate complex subjects in a way that can be easily understood. Combined with his wide-ranging experience, this makes him the trusted adviser to a number of clients who want their pension arrangements to run quietly and competently, leaving them to focus on their key decision making responsibilities.
Steve sits on the firm’s Trustee Consulting Board, which is responsible for client service and future strategy for this practice area. He is also a past chairman of the firm's Pensions Actuarial Technical Committee, which carries out research and provides technical support across the firm.
Steve also has a particular focus on the charities and not-for-profit sector. Around half his scheme actuary clients are in the sector, and he has advised a large number of charities participating in sector-wide multi-employer pension arrangements.
Rob is a Scheme Actuary and corporate adviser with 20 years’ experience in the industry. He advises schemes across a range of industries with assets from £5m up to £1.5bn. He is Head of Governance at XPS, with particular focus on the challenges of trusteeship and helping schemes develop robust risk management frameworks.
John is a partner in LCP's investment team. He enjoys leading our advice to a wide range of clients, including large pension schemes and insurers.
John’s clients say that his key skill is helping them to identify a few key priorities that are right for them; and then getting on and making meaningful changes without fuss. He can explain the complex simply, enabling his clients to make good decisions quickly.
Over the last 20 years, John has built up a huge breadth of practical experience. He has helped his clients to structure innovative LDI portfolios; to successfully execute pensioner buy-ins; to adopt strong responsible investment practices; and identify attractive opportunities to invest in alternatives and private markets. His experiences include being a leading member of our manager research team; developing the technology for several of our key consulting tools; and being a senior member of our Investment Professional Committee. This breadth of knowledge is good for his clients, as it helps John to generate good ideas that are workable in practice.
John is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, as well as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder.
12:00 - Close and thanks: followed by lunch and networking
13:00 - Vacate AON's premises
CPD certificates will be sent 24/48 hours after the event.
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