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SPS LGPS Sustainable Investment & Other Topical Issues Conference

October 19, 2023

The View at the Royal College of Surgeons, London

Conference objectives

•    Consider different investment strategies effective in the new economic environment
•    Hear discussions of the next steps for investment in the LGPS
•    Consider practical approaches to climate and impact investments
•    Learn from a LGPS and investment pool colleagues
•    Network with pension funds and providers in an educational informal setting


Complimentary attendance for pension funds and other qualifying institutional investors





Session 1

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Moderated by: 

Jill Davys

Managing Director, Head of LGPS



Portfolio Specialist, Fixed Income

T. Rowe Price

Analysing how the world of fixed income investing is evolving

A high-level look at an increasingly volatile environment and the changing role of fixed income. This session will examine if recent market changes represent an opportunity or a threat.

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Managing Director

ICG Life Sciences

Life Sciences: Investing in healthcare innovation to transform patient lives

•    Outline the growth of life sciences in the overall healthcare landscape.
•    Provide examples where new innovations are transforming patients’ lives.
•    Highlight the key role played by the UK in life sciences and in particular why the UK aspires to be, ‘a clinical trials superpower.’
•    Conclude, by presenting the attractiveness of the UK for Life Sciences investing.





Session 2

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Moderated by: 

Patrick Rowe

Strategic Finance Manager - Treasury & Pensions

Westminster City Council

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of Counsel

Labaton Sucharow LLP and

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Vice-Chair, Pensions Committee

London Borough of Lambeth

Shareholder Litigation as Part of Pension Funds’ Toolkit for Advancing Corporate Governance and Sustainability in their Investments

In the U.S., shareholder litigation has increasingly become part of the “toolkit” available to pension funds as a mechanism to advance proper corporate governance and sustainability in the companies they invest in. While shareholder suits remain a powerful means to recover for corporate fraud, they also are a tool by which funds can monitor their investment portfolio to ensure it is aligned with their broader goals as fiduciaries. This interactive session will explore these themes through discussion of recent examples and hypotheticals.

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Head of Sustainability and ESG Integration

Churchill Asset Management, an investment specialist of Nuveen.

ESG Advancements in Private Capital & Delivering on LGPS Investor Regulatory Requirements

This presentation will share insights on ESG advancements in middle market private capital and how leading managers are integrating ESG factors throughout the investment lifecycle by partnering with like-minded companies and investors with strong practices.




Session 3

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Moderated by: 

Jordan Griffiths

Sustainable Investment Consultant

Barnett Waddingham

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Fund Manager

Premier Miton Emerging Markets Sustainable Fund

How Emerging Markets can help pension schemes meet their sustainability objectives

A decade ago, Emerging Markets were in the grips of what became known as the ‘taper tantrum’. This time around, an historic pace of developed world tightening has been met with calm in the emerging world, following a decade of improved policy-making. Yet, UK pension allocations remain ultra-low to this bloc representing 80% of the world’s population, three quarters of global land mass, and just 15% of global equity market capitalisation. We ask what other improvements have been occurring, what these countries’ carbon footprint really represents in a globalised economy, and how asset owners can reconcile commitments to sustainability while accessing the growth opportunities on offer in Emerging Markets.

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Client Portfolio Manager

ClearBridge Investments

A Renaissance Period for Listed Infrastructure - Enlightenment from the Great Transition 

This session will uncover how the green transition is more than just clean energy, but also includes electrification, battery power, and carbon capture and how these will change our lives. These essential innovations bode well for creating multi-decade investment opportunities in listed infrastructure companies allowing them to grow faster and continue to provide capital growth, resilient cash flow and growing dividends, in a world where secular growth is scarce.




Session 4

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Moderated by: 

Sian Kunert

Head of Pensions

East Sussex Pension Fund

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Partner and Head of Public Clients & Markets

Hymans Robertson

Emerging funding challenges facing the LGPS

This presentation leads discussion and presents the latest analysis on some of the key funding challenges emerging across the LGPS, including surpluses, cashflow requirements and contribution reviews.

Pension Fund Panel

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Fund Director

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority


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Head of Client Relationships

Brunel Pension Partnership


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Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Border to Coast Pensions Partnership



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.

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The View at the Royal College of Surgeons

38-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields

Tel: 020 7869 6703

The View is centrally located at Lincoln’s Inn Fields within easy walking distance of Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) and Temple (District and Circle Lines) underground stations. It is a short taxi or underground journey from most major rail stations. Two NCP car parks are situated nearby.

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