Annual Round Up & Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds


9 November 2017
London – Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel



Annual Round Up & Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

08.30    :    Registration and Coffee


09.00    :    Welcome & Opening Remarks


fredFred Jaffe, Executive Director, Specialist Pension Services





09.10   :      Session 1:  Annual Review & An Alternative Approach


 Moderator: Claire Altman, Head of Financial Services, Smart Pension





Tim GardenerTim Gardener, Partner, Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting


A Year in Review - Acronyms, Initialism and Extrapolation

A look at the highlights of the last twelve months in the pension fund world and what it might mean for pension fund investment in the next five years. 


Jignasa PatelJignasa Patel,  Head of Client Relations, UK, AMX


Disruption: The Future of the Asset Management Industry

The current institutional asset management model is inefficient. Innovation and centralisaton strategies have transformed other industries. There is no reason why we shouldn't challenge how the investment industry is currently organised to fundamentally transform institutional investment for the benefit of the end saver.


 10.25     :    Coffee/Tea


10.55     :    Session 2:  Fixed Income Opportunities 



Alan PickeringModerator: Alan Pickering, Chair, The Plumbing Industry Pension Scheme


Nicholas WallNicholas WallPortfolio Manager, Old Mutual Global Investors


Opportunities in Multi-Sector Fixed Income

Structural changes in macroeconomics, geopolitics and markets are providing unconstrained bond investors with a range of opportunities. This session will look at how to capitalise on this investment landscape through unconstrained absolute- and relative-return fixed income strategies


Hussain AzharAzhar HussainHead of Global High Yield, Royal London Asset Management


A Multi-Facet Approach to Multi Asset Credit

The past 18 months have shown that fixed income volatility is now a fact of investing life. But what did it mean for the relatively new world of multi-asset credit, and what expectations can we form for the future? Multi-asset credit is seen as part of the solution to maintain attractive income while reducing or managing that volatility. This session explains why the credit cycle is important in framing the risks but equally how credit selection is essential to creating a resilient portfolio.


12.10    :     Drinks and Lunch


13.20    :     Session 3:  Other Opportunities


Christopher ClaytonModerator:  Christopher Clayton, Client Director, Capital Cranfield



Andy BurgessAndy Burgess, Product Specialist, Client Solutions Group, Insight Investment


Developments in Liquidity Markets: Meeting the Needs of Pensions Funds

Changes in money market regulation. The impact on liquidity funds. Innovations that can help investors address the liquidity challenges. 


Vincent DenoiseuxVincent Denoiseux, Passive Asset Management, Head of Quantitative Strategy, Deutsche Asset Management


The Rise of Passive, Factor & Sustainable Investing

ESG, or responsible investing, has increasingly become a prevalent topic of conversation for investors, especially over the past 3 years. $21 trillion of assets are now invested in ESG or sustainable strategies globally in aggregate. Asset owners are becoming more and more aware of sustainability issues and their perception of responsibility for stewardship.



14.35         Coffee/Tea


15.00          A Look into the Future and Pension Fund Insights


Naomi L'Estrange

Moderator: Naomi L'Estrange, Director, 2020 Trustees





Barbara SaundersBarbara Saunders, Managing Director, P-Solve


2018 and Beyond

Macro and economic outlook; Current asset class positioning for our clients; Market trends in fiduciary management.


A panel of pension scheme executives and trustees will talk about their pension fund's investment strategies and experiences. Panelists: 


Naomi L'EstrangeNaomi L'Estrange,  Trustee Director, Mitchells & Butler Pension Plan


Paul Haines, Chief Investment Officer, Trafalgar House Pensions


John StannardJohn Stannard, Independent Trustee, Mercer Master Trust


16.15    :    Drinks Reception & Close of Conference


Against the background of a rapidly changing pensions industry, this conference aims to examine the key investment challenges currently facing pension funds, looking behind the headlines to assess the solutions currently being proposed and the challenges expected to face funds in 2018 and beyond.


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors. If you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are usually available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 2 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.














Le Meridien Piccadilly Hotel, London

21 Piccadilly

London W1 0BH

Hotel Tel: 08700 400 8400

Hotel Fax: 020 7437 3574


The hotel is located on the north side of Piccadilly, close to Piccadilly Circus, only two minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus underground station.




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