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.



SPS Spotlight Series: Investment Issues for Maturing Pension Funds

July 13, 2017                                   Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Alternative Credit and Private Debt Investing for Pension Funds

August 31, 2017                               Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Emerging & Frontier Markets Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

September 14, 2017                         Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Insights & Issues for Dutch Investors

September 21, 2017                         Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Annual Nordic Institutional Investors' Conference

October 3, 2017                                 7A Odenplan, Stockholm

Property, Real Assets & Infrastructure Investing for Yield for Pension Funds

October 12, 2017                             Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Round up & Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 9, 2017                             Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds

November 16, 2017                           The Met Hotel, Leeds

SPS Spotlight Series: LGPSs in Flux - Investment Issues & Solutions

November 23, 2017                           Le Meridien Piccadilly, London