Richard Soper


The First UK Bus Pension Scheme

Richard is Chair of the First UK Bus Pension Scheme Trustee, and of its Investment Committee. At its core is a now-closed defined benefit plan aimed at First’s front-line employees which has assets of £1.2 billion, and around 25,000 members. The Scheme was born out of the amalgamation of 26 independent funds, a complex process in which Richard took a leading role. New members now join the defined contribution plans which are also provided through the Trust and now also have around 25,000 members. Richard is also the member nominated trustee on First’s executive scheme, and, since July 2019, Chair of the Royal Opera House Pension Scheme. Richard has held board level positions in the public transport industry including as Managing Director of FirstGroup’s Greater Manchester business, and subsequently as its Director of Strategy for the north of England. He now divides his working time between his pensions work, and an independent public transport consultancy. Richard is a Chartered Director, and Fellows of the Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport and the Institute of Directors.

SPS Virtual:
Fiduciary Management & Investment Governance for Pension Funds - Rescheduled date

August 25, 2020

SPS Virtual:
Adding Value through Credit & High Yield Investing for Pension Funds

September 3, 2020

SPS Virtual:
Alternative / Innovative Investing for Pension Funds

September 17, 2020

Dutch Pension Fund Investors: Focus on ESG & Impact Investing

September 23, 2020

Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

Nordic Institutional Investors: Focus on ESG, Impact & Sustainable Investing

October 1, 2020

7A Strandvagen, Stockholm

Property, Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

October 8, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds - Rescheduled date

October 21, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 5, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

LGPS Investors: Focus on ESG, Responsible & Sustainable Investing

November 12, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

Annual Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds

November 19, 2020

Victoria & Albert Marriott Hotel, Manchester

ESG & Impact Investing for Pension Funds - Rescheduled date

December 3, 2020

Le Meridien Piccadilly, London

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Given the escalating situation with Coronavirus/Covid-19, unfortunately we have taken the decision to postpone or cancel all SPS conferences up to end of July 2020. Our conference calendar gives the dates of those events we are currently aiming to run.

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