ABOUT SPS CONFERENCES
SPS Conferences was set up by Trevor Cook who has a long and distinguished career in pensions management. He is the founder of Specialist Pension Services Ltd. which began in 1992, with the aim of providing independent, targeted consultancy to the occupational pensions industry.
SPS Conferences was formed a year later and held its first conference in April 1993. We now hold a portfolio of 19 or so events each year in key locations around Europe. In the recent past conferences have been held in London, Amsterdam, Manchester, Leeds, Stockholm and Zurich.
SPS Conferences attract delegates from all over Europe and beyond, and its speakers are drawn from the best knowledge sources throughout the world. Content of the conferences is tailored specifically to meet the needs of Pension Fund Managers, Pension Fund Trustees and other Institutional Investors.
Coronavirus update from Trevor Cook
Unfortunately, at the moment, life is not normal.
I founded Specialist Pension Services at the end of 1992 and ran the first SPS Conference in April 1993. Fred Jaffe and I then got together and started The European Pension Fund Investment Forum (EPFIF) in September 1994, developed more SPS events and more recently took on The Pension Investment Academy (PIA). Since then, we and the pension fund industry have faced many challenges, but nothing like the challenge the whole world is facing at the moment.
The Coronavirus has made it unsafe for groups of any size to congregate. As a result, at the start of last week we postponed all our seminars and conferences until 8 May 2020. Since then, it has become clear that it will be unsafe to hold events for at least 12 weeks and, as a consequence, we will now be unable to run any event until at least the week beginning 22 June 2020 and even this may well prove optimistic! For those of you who had signed up for events directly impacted by these postponements, if you haven’t already heard from us, we will be in touch with you individually as soon as possible with specific information – we are working through events chronologically.
We are currently looking at a number of ideas for keeping in touch with members and delegates and we would really value your views on the various communication methods we could adopt in the interim to meet your needs in the current environment. Options include webinars, video conferencing, podcasts, posting of articles and research and the establishment of discussion groups. We hope to be back soon to presenting face-to-face seminars and conferences but we’d very much like to ensure members and delegates can continue to stay in touch whilst we work from home and discuss (at a safe distance) the issues of the day.
Fred, Jane and I along with rest of the team would very much welcome your feedback.
Please let us have your views. You can contact me on: email@example.com and +44 (0)7958 716822; Fred on Fred@spsconferences.com and +44 (0)7989 408149 and Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org and +44 (0)7973 799151.
The rest of the team are also still available at their usual e-mail addresses, for example, you can contact:
Belinda on email@example.com; Clair on firstname.lastname@example.org; Liz on email@example.com; Rob on firstname.lastname@example.org; Sue on email@example.com; and Suzanne on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please stay safe.
+44 (0)1438 712345 (you can reach us all on this number)
Specialist Pension Services Ltd also manages the Pensions Investment Academy (PIA) as a joint venture with Cass Business School. The purpose of the PIA is to run seminars, debates and lectures at the cutting edge of pension fund thought.
The company has a sister organisation - EPFIF - European Pension Fund Investment Forum. Membership to which is by invitation only.
SPS conferences is a division of Specialist Pension Services Limited
Registered Address: Northside House, Mount Pleasant, Barnet, Herts, EN4 9EE