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.


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                          V&A Marriott, Manchester

Private Equity (& Debt) Investors' Annual Seminar

December 11, 2018                          Le Meridien Piccadilly, London