SPS Local Authority Pension Investment & Current Issues

June 23, 2022

Events @No 6, London


Gain insights from leading investment and industry speakers who will be discussing a range of investment strategies along with topical issues on the horizon for LGPS funds and pools including net zero and stewardship, the proposed 5% levelling up quota and the new governance code from The Pensions Regulator. The sessions will feature contributions from many local authority pension fund representatives to ensure relevant and pertinent issues are covered. We aim for a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to encourage plenty of opportunities for re-connecting with your peers.







Session 1 – Introduction, corporate governance in China and credit in the climate transition

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Neil Mason

Assistant Director – LGPS Senior Officer

Surrey Pension Fund

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Introduction: Investment challenges facing LGPS Funds and Pools


LGPS Central

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Investment Consultant


Active ownership in China

•    Highlighting some of the differences in corporate governance between the UK and China
•    Voting procedures and challenges therein
•    How Chinese asset managers approach active ownership – i.e. company engagement, voting
•    What some of the main themes are that Chinese asset managers are grappling with from an ESG perspective

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Head of Fixed Income

Union Investment

The role of corporate credit investments in climate transition finance

The global commitment to achieve climate neutrality, recently reaffirmed in the Glasgow Climate Pact, requires substantial investment in decarbonisation. Union Investment's AI-based method to building carbon-efficient corporate bond portfolios can help allocate capital to companies that implement low-carbon technologies.




Session 2 – Property investing and current trends and strategies

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Head of Research & Strategy

LaSalle Global Partner Solutions

Why investing globally in real estate is important for pension funds

As the economy continues its recovery in a post-pandemic world, there are a myriad of themes influencing real estate investing including demographics, technology, ESG and urbanisation. Investors need to think increasingly about investing in locations and alternative assets that are sustainable, resilient and well connected.  In this presentation you will hear more about where and how you can access sustainable returns and why you should invest globally in real estate.

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Managing Director, Real Estate


Sustainable Investing in Real Estate Debt

Climate change is occurring at an alarming rate and has a far-reaching impact on human health, the economy and the stability of the natural environment. It is estimated that European real estate is responsible for around 36% of CO2 emissions and 40% of energy consumption. Against that backdrop, it is our view that all real estate investors have a duty to make a positive impact on climate change and many property owners and managers are now embracing that challenge. However, real estate debt investors also have a material role to play in decarbonising real estate and have a unique opportunity to provide investors with attractive risk adjusted returns whilst also making a positive impact on climate change. 




Session 3 – Industry panels: TCFD, Levelling up and Governance

Net Zero, TCFD and stewardship – PANEL on the latest trends for LGPS funds and pools

In this panel our contributors will look at issues surrounding responsible investment including moves towards net zero, TCFD requirements for local authority pension funds and the new Stewardship code. Other topics could include the increasing interest in other aspects of ESG, such as the “S” and biodiversity.

Speakers include:

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Head of Stewardship Code


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Responsible Investment Engagement Manager

West Yorkshire Pension Fund

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Pensions Secretary 

Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board

Topical issues: Levelling up and TPR governance - what should local authority pension funds do now? - PANEL

This panel will look at topical issues on the horizon for LGPS funds including the proposed 5% levelling up quota and the new governance code from TPR. Speakers include:

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Associate Director for Local Government


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Deputy CEO

LGPS Central

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Pensions Secretary 

Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board



Nareser Osei

Senior Policy Advisor



Close of conference followed by refreshments


The conference is by invitation only for pension funds and other institutional investors and we welcome new attendees from these investors. Therefore if you are not already receiving an invitation please contact us. A limited number of Complimentary invitations are available to genuine pension fund representatives (executives and trustees) and other approved institutional investors. However, to ensure we have room for as many funds as possible, we have to limit free places to 3 attendees per approved organisation thereafter a reduced rate fee is payable per delegate. Furthermore, SPS always reserves the right of admission (free or paid) and our decision is final.



6 Alie Street

London E1 8QT

Tel: 020 7451 6791


The venue is located a short walk from Aldgate station.

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