SPEAKER BIOGRAPHies

Bob Hymas  Trustee Executive - BESTrustees

Bob has worked with pension schemes for nearly twenty years.  He currently has two appointments with BESTrustees, one to a scheme with assets of less than £100m and the other to a scheme with in excess of £1 billion of assets.  Bob is chairman of the smaller scheme and on the larger he sits on the Investment Committee and the Administration and Discretionary Benefits Committee.  As well as fulfilling a trustee role, he has been a pension scheme adviser and auditor.  For the last five years he has held senior positions with the Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF).  Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer and was closely involved in a £650m buy-in transaction, a £1.2bn buy-out and wind-up and a £1.5bn longevity hedge.  An important part of his MNOPF role was to engage with employers to negotiate mutually acceptable deficit recovery arrangements with a variety of security and guarantee structures.  Bob has also represented the MNOPF Trustee in dealings with advisers and the review of services provided.  A strong focus on value for money and strong relationships are a key feature of his approach to working with advisers.  As a Chartered Accountant he has a strong understanding of pension scheme finance and in particular investment reporting and analysis.  This extends to strong governance processes, the role of the audit committee and efficient and effective meetings.  Bob also takes a proportionate approach to effective VAT and tax management. During his time as a pension scheme auditor, Bob engaged with the Pensions Regulator, especially in relation to the auditor’s responsibilities on data quality.  He also worked with the trustees and advisers of schemes entering the Pension Protection Fund.  Bob is a member of the Association of Professional Pensions Trustees, holds the PMI Award in Pension Trusteeship and he has held a variety of roles within the pensions industry.  He is the immediate past chairman of the Pensions Research Accountants Group where he is still a director and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Pensions SubCommittee.

FUTURE
CONFERENCES

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

March 8, 2018                            Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Issues

March 15, 2018                               Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Dutch Pension Fund Investors' Conference

March 22, 2018                              Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Investment Governance and Fiduciary Management for Pension Funds Conference

April 12, 2018                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

21st Annual DC Pension Investment Developments

April 19, 2018                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

ESG & Sustainable Investments for Pension Funds

May 10, 2018                                 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Inaugural Irish Pension Fund Investors' Conference

June 7, 2018                                  The Westbury, Dublin

Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

June 14, 2018                                 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds

July 12, 2018                                 Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Credit & Private Debt Investing for Pension Funds

August 30, 2018                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Alternative & Innovative Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

September 13, 2018                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Insights & Issues for Dutch Pension Funds

September 20, 2018                          Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

October 2, 2018                              7A StrandvägenStockholm

26th Annual Property Investing for Pension Funds

October 11, 2018                              Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 8, 2018                            Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Local Authority Pension Funds' Investment Strategies

November 15, 2018                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Conference for Pension Funds

November 22, 2018                          Manchester

Private Equity (& Debt) Investors' Annual Seminar

December 11, 2018                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

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