Richard Soper  Chairman – First UK Bus Pension Scheme

Richard is Chairman of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme, and of its Investment Committee.  The Scheme has assets of just over £1 billion, and around 30,000 members.  It was born out of the amalgamation of 26 independent schemes, a complex process in which Richard took a leading role.  At its core is a defined benefit scheme aimed at First’s front line employees.  It is still open to future accrual by established members, although new members are now joining the defined contribution plans.  Richard is also the member-nominated trustee on First’s executive scheme. He has held board level positions in the public transport industry since it was privatised and deregulated, most recently as Managing Director of FirstGroup’s Greater Manchester business, and subsequently as Director of Strategic Development for the north of England. Richard left FirstGroup in April 2014 to lead his own strategic business consultancy, Intraserve Limited, and to further develop his continuing interest in pensions. He is a Chartered Director, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.



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

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