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

 

Optimising Value from Fixed Income Investments

September 5, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Alternative & Innovative Investment Strategies Conference for Pension Funds 

September 12, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London   

ESG & Sustainable Investment Issues for Dutch Pension Funds 

September 24, 2019

Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam 

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

October 3, 2019

7A Strandvägen, Stockholm

Property & Infrastructure Investment Strategies for Pension Funds 

October 10, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds                  

November 7, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

ESG & Topical Investment Issues for Local Authority Pension Investors

November 14, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Annual Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds 

November 21, 2019

The Met Hotel, Leeds

Private Equity & Debt Investors' Annual Seminar

December 5, 2019

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Bond Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

January 9, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Investment Strategies for Dutch Pension Funds

January 22, 2020

Amsterdam

Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

February 13, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

March 4, 2020

Copenhagen

Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Issues

March 19, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Seeking Income & Stable Returns for Pension Fund Investors

April 2, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Fiduciary Management & Investment Governance for Pension Funds

April 23, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

ESG & Impact Investing for Pension Funds

April 23, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Irish Pension Fund Investment & Current Issues

June 10, 2020

Dublin

Annual DC Investment Strategies & Current Issues

June 17, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds

July 9, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Adding Value through Credit & High Yield Investing for Pension Funds

September 3, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Innovative Investing for Pension Funds

September 17, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Dutch Pension Fund Investors: Focus on ESG & Impact Investing

September 23, 2020

Amsterdam

Nordic Institutional Investors: Focus on ESG, Impact & Sustainable Investing

October 1, 2020

Stockholm

Property, Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

October 8, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 5, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

LGPS Investors: Focus on ESG, Responsible & Sustainable Investing

November 12, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds

November 19, 2020

Manchester

SPS Private Market Investors' Annual Seminar

December 3, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

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