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Agenda

08.15 – 08.50: Registration and refreshments


08.50 – 9.00: Chairman’s welcome
Roger Cobley, Pensions Trustee


09.00 – 09.30: Opening Keynote Speaker

Fred Berry, Lead Investment Consultant, The Pensions Regulator (TPR)

Fred Berry, lead investment consultant at The Pensions Regulator, will be updating attendees about TPR’s recent progress on policy, prosecutions and consultations.


09.30 – 10.00: Inflation – what does it mean for pensions?

Andrew Cole, Head of Multi Asset London, Pictet Asset Management

We are currently experiencing the biggest inflation shock in nearly forty years. Central Banks no longer talk about it being transitory, but is it structural or cyclical and what are implications for markets and the behaviour of savers?


10.00 – 10.30: The cost of living crisis: are we doing enough?

Hannah Tebbutt, Senior DC Consultant, Isio

The current cost of living crisis is impacting households across the UK. What can the pensions industry do to support members during this challenging period? Hannah will share her views against the broader context of financial wellbeing.


10.30 – 11.00: Delivering Real Impact: opportunities for pension schemes in alternatives

Michael Howard, Head of Alternative Investments, M&G

Michael will discuss real asset investing covering the current opportunity set, why the asset class lends itself to impact investing and how inflation is impacting the sector. He will also discuss providing clients with access to alternative asset classes through open ended quarterly dealing fund structures.


11.00 – 11.30: Coffee break


11.30 – 12.00: View from the AMNT

Robin Bell, Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) Committee member

Robin will offer delegates his view, as a committee member of the AMNT, on some of the big topics facing MNTs today.


12.00 – 12.30: Legal update – What is on the legal horizon for pension schemes?

Kate Payne, Partner, Arc Pensions Law
Vikki Massarano,
Partner, Arc Pensions Law

Vikki and Kate from Arc Pensions Law will offer delegates a useful update on some of the key legal issues on the horizon of relevance to pension schemes today and what they mean for the pensions world.


12.30 – 13.00: Small pots: where do we go from here?

Andy Cheseldine, Chair, Small Pots Co-ordination Group (SPCG), and Professional Trustee, Capital Cranfield

Andy, who chairs the joint industry and regulator’s Small Pots Coordination Group (SPCG), will offer delegates an update of the work the group has been focusing on to include: What are the problems? What have we (the industry and the SPCG) done about it already? What is the Progress so far? And where do we go from here?


13.00 – 14.00: Lunch break


14.00 – 14.30: The Pension Protection Fund (PPF) - Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) update

Miriam Kimber, Interim Director of Legal, Pension Protection Fund

Miriam Kimber, Interim Director of Legal, Pension Protection Fund will present to delegates on D&I issues and how schemes can best connect with vulnerable members.


14.30 – 15.00: Transforming Member Satisfaction – BTPS administration case study

Dave Tomlins, Head of Pension Services Delivery, BT Pension Scheme (BTPS)
Andy Whitelaw, Head of Pensions Administration Strategy, BT Pension Scheme (BTPS)

In recent years, BTPS has transformed its levels of member satisfaction with a number of bold initiatives. In 2018, it brought scheme administration in-house, in 2019 the member call centre was moved onshore and in 2021 a new member website and portal was launched together with a new pension administration system. Member satisfaction levels are now at an all-time high with more options to self-serve and more efficient processes significantly reducing administration costs.


15.00 – 15.30: Keynote Speaker: The Pensions Dashboards Programme – where are we now?

Chris Curry, Director, Pensions Policy Institute, Principal of the Pensions Dashboards Programme, MaPS

Chris will give an update on the programme’s progress, including how the technical build is progressing and what industry can do to prepare ahead of staging dates.


15.30: Chair’s roundup, close of conference and drinks reception