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: ESG & Impact Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

May 11, 2021

SPS Virtual: Fiduciary Management & Pension Fund Governance Issues

May 20, 2021

SPS Virtual European Pensions Investment, Post-Covid

June 3, 2021

SPS Investment Strategies & Cash Flow Management for Maturing Pension Funds

July 8, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Optimising Value in Bonds for Pension Funds

September 2, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Alternative Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

September 16, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Sustainable Assets & ESG Investing for Dutch Pension Funds

September 29, 2021

Apollo Hotel, Amsterdam

SPS Property, Infrastructure & Real Asset Investment Strategies for Pension Funds

October 6, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Nordic Institutional Investors’: ESG, Impact & Sustainable Investing

October 19, 2021


SPS Current Investment Issues for Pension Funds

November 9, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Local Authority Pension Funds’ Sustainable Investment Strategies

November 18, 2021

The Dilly, London

SPS Annual Northern Investment Conference for Pension Funds

November 24, 2021

Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Manchester

SPS Private Market Investors’ Annual Seminar

December 7, 2021

The Dilly, London

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