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

October 2, 2018                              7A StrandvägenStockholm

Property and other Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds - Cancelled

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                          V&A Marriott, Manchester

Private Equity (& Debt) Investors' Annual Seminar

December 11, 2018                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Bond Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

January 10, 2019                           Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

February 14, 2019                           Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

March 7, 2019                              Copenhagen

Local Authority Pension Fund Investment Issues 

March 13, 2019                              Le Meridien Piccadilly, London   

Annual Investment Strategies for Dutch Pension Funds            

March 21, 2019                              Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Fiduciary Management & Investment Governance for Pension Funds                   

April 10, 2019                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Annual DC Pension Investment Developments & Current Issues

April 17, 2019                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

ESG & Sustainable Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

May 9, 2019                                    Le Meridien Piccadilly, London   

Irish Pension Fund Investment & Current Issues             

June 11, 2019                              Dublin

Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

June 18, 2019                                Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds             

July 11, 2019                                    Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Credit & Private Debt Investing for Pension Funds  

September 5, 2019                            Le Meridien Piccadilly, London 

Alternative & Innovative Investment Strategies Conference for Pension Funds 

September 12, 2019                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London   

ESG Investments & Issues for Dutch Pension Funds

September 24, 2019                          Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam 

Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

October 3, 2019                    7A Strandvägen, Stockholm

Annual Property 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

OUR CONFERENCES