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Many thanks to Aberdeen Standard Investments for hosting:

"21st Century Trusteeship, Governance and Stewardship"

If you haven't been to a Transparency Symposium before you can use the link below to read some testimonials:

When and where is the symposium?

From 10:30 to 17:00* on Wednesday 11th July at:

 

Aberdeen Standard Investments,

Bow Bells House1 Bread Street

London, EC4M 9HH

 

*Note: The symposium itself ends at 17:00 but delegates can enjoy drinks, nibbles and networking until 18:30

Why are we running this event?

 

This Transparency Symposium is an important thought leadership event dedicated to discussing and debating the many trusteeship, governance and stewardship issues impacting the pensions and investments market right now. 

 

The inspiration behind the event is the idea that the world’s pension and capital markets ought to be a force for good and that those entrusted with governance and stewardship responsibilities should be mindful of the “bigger picture” beyond the achievement of just maximizing returns in the short term. 

 

Furthermore, we will be taking a close look at what the regulatory, member and societal expectations are on pension schemes trustees these days; and whether trustees are sufficiently rising to the many challenges they now face. 

 

Our overall purpose for the event is to shine a bright light on the realities of 21st Century trusteeship, governance and stewardship in a manner that will provide delegates ample opportunity to fully engage with the issues and feed in their points of view; both at the event and through a White Paper. 

 

The symposium will feature input from a first class line-up of participants including senior representatives from The Pensions Regulator.

 

The underlying questions the event will seek to answer include:

 

  • What does good trusteeship, governance and stewardship of capital look like?
  • What is now being expected of pension scheme trustees?
  • Can it be demonstrated that there is a strong correlation between good governance and good fund performance?
  • How might those who fail to respond to TPR’s more directive approach face further regulatory action?
  • What does being an effective Chair mean in practice?
  • Are pension scheme trustees falling short of what is expected of them?
  • Is the idea that better stewardship of capital leads to lower performance a myth that needs busting?
  • Should pension scheme members care about what is done with their money to achieve satisfactory returns?
  • Is there an unhealthy tension between fiduciary duty and taking better care of society and the planet better; or is that another myth that needs busting?
  • How different are the perspectives of the different generations as far as capital governance and stewardship is concerned?
  • Will DB pension scheme consolidation necessarily lead to better trusteeship, governance and stewardship?
  • What scope is there for the pensions world to play a part in shifting our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?

White Paper: 

"Ideas to help improve trusteeship, governance and stewardship "

 

All delegates at the event will have the opportunity to be featured in a stand-alone section in TTF's White Paper entitled "Ideas to help improve trusteeship, governance and stewardship”

 

The White Paper will be an excellent opportunity for us to capture the ideas, creativity and thought leadership initiatives that will be discussed during the symposium; and it will be a great way to get a constructive message through to key individuals within the regulatory and policymaking environment.

 

The White paper will be entitled "Ideas to help improve trusteeship, governance" and we'll be sending it to:

 

  • Esther McVey MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Guy Opperman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the DWP
  • Frank Field MP, Chair of the Work and Pensions Select Committee; and each of his Committee colleagues
  • Lesley Titcomb, Chief Executive of The Pensions Regulator
  • Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of The Financial Conduct Authority (The FCA has an interest in pensions policy)
  • Baroness Altmann, Former Pensions Minister
  • Margaret Greenwood MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
  • Jack Dromey MP, Shadow Work and Pensions Minister
  • ...plus other significant pensions and financial services policymakers and officials; plus our many media contacts. 

All contributions to our White Paper will be fully attributed (name, title, organisation name and link to website/LinkedIn profile).

 

So, if you have thoughts on how 21st Century trusteeship, governance and stewardship can be improved be sure to participate at the event and in the co-creation of our White Paper. 

 

If you have any questions about the event or the White Paper get in touch - 

andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org

What's the format going to be?

 

To provide the maximum opportunity for all delegates to get fully involved we have structured the event around keynote presentations plus hot topic Power Panels; both will be useful platforms for sharing thought leadership whilst also enabling lively discussion and debate. 

Here's the programme thus far:

 

10:00

 - Registration, refreshments and networking

 

10:30

 - Welcome to the symposium; Dominic Delaforce, Head of UK Institutional Client Relationship Management, Aberdeen Standard Investments

- Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, Transparency Task Force

 

11:10  

  - "Announcement: Publication of the Transparency Task Force White Paper on Codes of Conduct" presented by Bob Compton, Director, Arc Benefits Ltd and David Stripp, Principal Consultant, David Stripp Consulting. 

 

TTF's Market Integrity Team has been working together to define and disseminate best practice in relation to the Codes of Conduct being used by the UK's Financial Services Sector; this session will announce the publication of the White Paper; a very appropriate occasion to do so given the White Paper is all about how the governance of the industry as a whole can be improved. 

 

11:30

 - “Keeping the promise – a new alternative” - presented by Alan Rubenstein, CEO, The Pension SuperFund and former Chief Executive of the Pension Protection Fund. 

 

There are many challenges that the Government, industry generally and the pensions industry in particular face in finding new ways of ensuring sufficient funding to meet promises made by DB pension schemes. In many ways, helping to ensure adequate funding is the “hot potato” that is most taxing policymakers, regulators and thought-leaders in this space. 

 

This session is a direct hit on those issues; it will shine a light on:

  • The Government’s recent White Paper – “Protecting defined benefit pension schemes”
  • The potential benefits of consolidation for schemes, members and the economy as a whole
  • What The Pension SuperFund is, how it will work in practice and the range of solutions it aims to provide

If you’re not yet aware, the Pension SuperFund has been blueprinted to:

  • Consolidate, secure and service UK DB pension scheme assets and liabilities
  • Provide a more affordable solution to the challenge of securely funding DB pensions
  • Provide better security, governance and funding for many schemes
  • Make prudent use of the initial £500 million that has been set aside to underpin The Pension Superfund’s commitments 

 

12:00 

- "The 21stCentury Trustee" – presented by Stephen Rowntree, Industry Liaison Manager, Communications Directorate, The Pensions Regulator. 

 

Good governance is the bedrock of a well-run pension scheme and there is a clear link between good governance and good fund performance. It is not a 'nice to have', but an essential part of effective scheme management – for all schemes. 

 

The Pensions Regulator has set out their intention to be clearer, quicker and tougher. The 21st Century Trustee campaign is one of TPR’s initiatives to encourage trustees to do all they can to safeguard their members’ benefits.  Those who fail to respond to this more directive approach may face further regulatory action.

 

In this session, we will go through the expectations on trustees and what good governance looks like.  Pension schemes should have a skilled and engaged board, led by an effective Chair, have robust risk management in place and good relationships with advisers and third parties.

 

12:45

 - Awarding of the Transparency Trophy - who will be the winner of this symposium's trophy?

 

13:00

 - Lunch and networking

 

14:00  

 - "Optimising Trustee Effectiveness" – presented by Vanessa Jaeger, Principal Consultant, Aon

 

The role of a pension's trustee continues to grow and in turn demands more and more time, with the average time spent by trustees being cited as 16 days per annum, increasing to 27 days per annum in the year of a valuation*. Yet the majority of trustee boards still meet only 4 times a year and so the actual time spent at meetings has a critical impact on how effective trustees are.

 

Space on trustee meeting agendas is competitive, the ever moving pension's environment we operate within means we are continuing to see new items for trustees to consider. For example,  Cyber Security and 21stCentury Trusteeship are typical new items expected to appear on more and more agendas over 2018.

 

But how do pension trustees ensure that they find the time to prioritise the strategic and longer term decisions today that could end up making the difference between whether they can afford to buyout in the next 10 years or not?

 

We don’t think the answer is having more trustee meetings… but more importantly utilising the time spent at meetings more effectively.  Advisers have a part to play in this too …. well intentioned advisers adding new ideas for discussion can actually clog up the agenda and detract from those items that the trustees have decided are their priorities. 

 

During this session you will be invited to explore how to improve trustee effectiveness and share your own experiences. Specifically you will be asked to respond to questions like:

 

  • What makes a successful trustee meeting?  
  • How do you divide time at your trustee meetings between short term and long term items? And who has responsibility for setting agendas?
  • How quickly could your trustee board respond if an overnight opportunity presents itself in a key area of interest? In other words how nimble is your board?
  • What is your adviser's role in setting the long term strategy for your scheme? Are they adding value here?
  • How do you receive advice, is it directive or do you receive a range of recommendations?  
  • How does your board satisfy themselves that they are receiving the best advice from advisers and how do you challenge this advice? 

*source: http://tpr.gov.uk/docs/trustee-landscape-quantitative-research-2015.pdf

 

 

 

14:30

 - Power Panel #1: 

“Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?” 

 

Pension scheme trustees have always had a difficult job to do but the challenges they face seem to be increasing all the time. The Pensions Regulator has continued to articulate what is expected of the modern trustee but it cannot be certain that all trustees are going to be able to adapt to the new era of high standards, scrutiny and accountability; particularly those trustees responsible for relatively small, under-resourced schemes. 

 

This panel session will provide an opportunity for professional and lay pension trustees to share thoughts on the realities of being a modern trustee; and it will take us into key questions such as:

 

  • What are the litigation risks to trustees that shouldn’t be ignored?
  • Is trustee indemnity insurance sufficient protection for the risks trustees are exposed to?
  • How are trustees balancing the opposing interests and forces they routinely encounter?
  • Is the member-nominated trustee model viable in the modern era?
  • Are employer-appointed trustees sufficiently free of conflicted interests?
  • Should there be a minimum level of competency, evidenced by qualifications?
  • Can the many soft-skills that make a good trustee ever be objectively assessed?
  • What are trustees doing to help ensure the “bigger picture” is being properly considered; for example, the environmental impact of their scheme’s long term investment strategy   
  • Does the Investment Governance Committee model provide sufficiently robust governance?
  • Do trustees consider the trust deficit (and the consequential engagement deficit) to be something that falls within their area of interest?
  • What is keeping trustees up at night?
  • Should all trustees have minimum professional standards?
  • What do trustees really think of the recent regulatory developments; and the general direction of regulatory travel?
  • What would trustees like to change about the rules they are required to work to?

 

15:00

 - Power Panel #2: 

“Pensions, Prudence and the Planet”

 

Many people are coming to the conclusion that the pensions industry and in particular pension trustees have not been thinking about the welfare of the planet nearly as much as they should. If that’s correct, it could be a serious state of affairs because pensions investing is all about the long term and if we don’t look after the planet isn’t it obvious that we are jeopardising any chance of our collective long-term welfare?

 

This panel session will be exploring questions such as:

  • Should climate change and the many related environmental issues be considered a financial risk for pension schemes?
  • Are trustees creating risks for their scheme members generally and themselves personally if they ignore this area?
  • Can pension scheme trustees carry out their fiduciary duties properly if they fail to consider environmental impact through their investment activities?
  • Are Responsible Investing, Sustainability and Impact Investing going to make sufficient difference?
  • What do the relevent Regulators say on this topic? – and what is going to be required to be deemed compliant?
  • How should progressively-minded trustees go about deciding what to invest in, such that they can help achieve the returns needed without damaging the planet?

 

15:30

- Refreshments and networking break

 

16:00

 - “Aligning the interests of business, investors and society” presented by Stuart Woollard, Managing Partner at OMS LLP and Co-Founder and Council Member at The Maturity Institute  

 

A number of recent articles in the business press have highlighted how fund managers are now having to respond to increasing pressures to integrate ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance factors) into investments. Yet, according to Oxford University researchconventional ESG analysis remains limited in its ability to help asset managers and owners marry responsible investing with company performance.

 

Using Unilever and Barclays case studies, this session will introduce new, ground-breaking work to show how “intangibles” drive company innovation, adaptability and capability, and can now be quantified in the build of market capitalisation.

 

Consequently, it will show how factors such as governance, culture and human capital management systems have an identifiable, material impact on market value and can be significantly impacted by changes in business strategy and board level actions; leaving many companies with significant gaps between underlying intrinsic value and market value. 

 

For institutional investors, this analysis provides a new evidence base and rationale to preference the allocation of investment funds towards more responsible, mature companies with lower risk and a greater potential for long-term, sustained returns. It also provides the basis for more meaningful and actionable dialogue between institutional investors and company boards.

 

The research, and its accompanying methodologies, already offer important considerations for future public policy decisions to encourage or discourage companies’ behaviours based on how their actions impact societal value.

 

1Mooij, Stephanie. (2018). Asset Managers’ ESG Strategy: Lifting the veil. 

 

 

16:30

 - Power Panel #3: “Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

 

This Power Panel will bravely attempt to explore the potential for 21st Century trusteeship, governance and stewardship to drive transformative change into our economy and thereby our society as a whole. We will seek to understand whether the world of commerce may have taken a wrong turn many years ago; a wrong turn that has resulted in an essentially unhealthy predisposition towards the achievement of maximum profit in the short term, regardless of the adverse consequences to society as a whole in the long term. 

 

Are we getting close to the irrefutable conclusion that shareholder primacy does not achieve what we might actually all want: safe, stable and sustainable wealth creation that is built on solid, principles-based thinking. 

 

If so:

  • What can the pensions and investment industries do to play their part in the renaissance of commerce that might be underway?
  • How do we intelligently define who the stakeholders are that really matter?
  • How can those that put their capital at risk through investing get comfortable that it makes perfect fiscal sense to think beyond the primacy 'short term profitability'?
  • Who will be the winners and the losers if the shift from shareholder primacy to stakeholder were to occur?
  • Where is the values-based leadership in the industry coming from?
  • Does any of this actually matter to the typical member of the typical pension scheme? - do the different generations have different perspectives?
  • To what extent do the Regulators and perhaps even the Government itself have a responsibility to initiate, nurture and manage societal change of such importance?

 

16:55

 - Key conclusions, wrap-up and close to the formal proceedings. 

 

17:00   

 - Drinks, nibbles and networking

 

18:30

 - Final close.

Who shouldn't miss this symposium?

 

This symposium is going to bravely attempt to deal with questions of immense importance to the pensions industry so in many ways it's a not-to-be missed event for anybody that has an interest in the sector.

 

Furthermore, because we have structured the event so that it includes hot topic Power panels that will enable lively discussion and debate, the event will be a particularly good opportunity for those that want to express their own views as well as having the chance to absorb the insights, experiences and perspectives of others.

 

We're expecting it to be a very stimulating, engaging and thought-provoking session, which, if all goes to plan will feed many constructive and consensus-based ideas straight into the key Regulators and Policymakers through our White Paper initiative. 

 

On that basis, this event will be especially valuable to:

  • Pensions Policymakers and Regulators; UK and overseas
  • Pension scheme trustees; professional and lay
  • Parliamentarians with an interest in pensions
  • Senior representatives of the Pensions Trade Bodies, Professional Associations and Standards Boards
  • Pensions Thought Leaders
  • Risk management professionals
  • Academics and researchers in governance, stewardship, ethics, conduct and compliance in the pensions space
  • Pensions Compliance and Conduct enforcement professionals
  • Pensions Consultants - DB and DC
  • Automatic Enrolment specialists
  • Investment Consultants  
  • Pension Providers including MasterTrusts
  • Members of Independent Governance Committees
  • Think Tanks and Civil Society Groups with an interest in pensions policymaking
  • The Pensions Press in the UK and across Europe
  • Those with an interest in shifting the economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy
  • Those interested in the intersection between pensions and climate change as a financial risk
  • ...and more!

About the key participants thus far:

(Others being added; and get in touch if you would like to be considered for inclusion in the programme) 

Alan Rubenstein, 

Chief Executive Officer,

The Pension Superfund

 

Alan was previously the Chief Executive of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund, the ‘lifeboat’ scheme for defined benefit pension schemes whose employer has become insolvent and where the assets in the scheme are insufficient to meet the promised benefits.

 

During Alan’s time as Chief Executive, the PPF grew from just under £3 billion to over £30 billion, while the number of members protected by the PPF and its sister arrangement, the Financial Assistance Scheme reached 500,000. During his time at the PPF, Alan oversaw the PPF’s response to some of the UK’s highest profile company failures and reconstructions, including BHS, Carillion, Toys’R’Us and the British Steel Pension Scheme.

 

Prior to joining the PPF, Alan was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and at Lehman Brothers, specialising in advising Pension Funds, Corporates and Governments on the financing and management of pension issues.

 

He began his career as an actuary with Scottish Widows.

 

Alan is a non-executive Director of esure plc and is the Chairman of the Investment Sub Committee and a Trustee of the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme. He is a former Chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds Investment Committee, a former Council member and member of the Management Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a former member of the Takeover Panel.

 

Alan has been the recipient of a number of awards, including in 2017 a Lifetime Achievement Award from IPE and most recently being named the Lloyds Bank/Keys Concierge Business Leader of the Year at the 2017 National Business Awards.

 

Alan is presenting the session entitled "Keeping the promise - a new alternative."

Stephen Rowntree

Industry Liaison Manager

The Pensions Regulator

 

Stephen joined the Pensions Regulator (TPR) in 2013 after an extensive career in both Trust-based and Corporate pensions with some of the leading UK Benefit consultancies.

 

As a member of Industry Liaison Team at TPR, Stephen attends many speaking events as part of the TPR remit to engage with employers and professional forums on the subject of workplace pensions.

 

Stephen is presenting the session entitled "21st Century Trusteeship"

Vanessa Jaeger,

Principal Consultant,

AON

 

Vanessa is a Scheme Actuary and client manager, advising a range of trustee boards.  She is a Governance specialist, supporting the development of Aon’s latest research on trustee effectiveness and leading the Governance ViewPoints tool. She has also been leading the development of how Cybercrime impacts pension schemes, supporting both Trustees and Companies with understanding their potential risk exposure and available mitigation actions.  

 

Vanessa has 18 years' experience in the pensions industries, including a 6 month secondment at The Pensions Regulator; she joined Aon in 2007.  

 

Outside of work, Vanessa is a Trustee on the finance sub-committee for a local charity HomeStart Hertfordshire and is a member of the Tri-Force triathlon club.

 

Vanessa is presenting the session entitled "Optimising Trustee Effectiveness"

Stuart Woollard,
Managing Partner,
Organizational Maturity Services LLP; and
Co-founder and Council
Member at the Maturity Institute
 
Stuart is leading pioneering work using the Maturity Institute's OMINDEX with the investment community to integrate the measurement of key “intangibles” such as corporate culture, governance and human capital management into company valuation.
 
In corporate contexts, Stuart advises business leaders on improving long term value and the management of risk through OMINDEX’s whole system diagnosis of organisational health. 

 

Stuart is presenting the session entitled "Aligning the interests of business, investors and society”

Dominic Delaforce,

Head of UK Institutional Client Relationship Management,

Aberdeen Standard Investments

 

Dominic joined Aberdeen Standard Investments as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. 

 

Dominic joined Aberdeen via the acquisition of Deutsche Asset Management's London and Philadelphia fixed income businesses in 2005. He joined Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (which subsequently became Deutsche Asset Management) in 1984 initially working in UK equity research before transferring to the fixed income team where he managed UK and US bond portfolios.

 

In 1992, Dominic transferred to Japan to manage domestic bond portfolios and in 1997 was appointed chief operating officer for the Tokyo office. In 1999, Dominic returned to London as a fixed income portfolio manager. Since 2001, Dominic has worked in UK institutional relationship management and was appointed head of the team in 2008.

 

Dominic graduated with a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.

 

Dominic will be welcoming attendees to the event on behalf of our hosts, Aberdeen Standard Investments; and kicking off proceedings. 

Jen Sisson,

UK Investor Liaison, 

Financial Reporting Council

 

Jen is responsible for coordinating the FRC’s

outreach with the global investor community. Jen works across all areas of the regulator's scope, ensuring investor views are taken into account in standard setting and regulation.

 

Currently, Jen is working on issues including the UK Stewardship Code and the Corporate Governance Code, as well

as the Strategic Report and ongoing accounting, auditing and actuarial issues. Jen is also a member of IFIAR’s Investor and Other Stakeholder Working Group and the ICMA AIMIC.

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Prior to working at the FRC Jen was part of PwC’s global investor engagement team, responsible for research and outreach with the investment community on a broad range of accounting, reporting, regulatory, governance, ESG issues; as well as acting as part of the Secretariat for Corporate Reporting Users Forum (CRUF).

 

Jen is participating in the panel session entitled "Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?"

Bob Compton,

Managing Director               and Co-Owner,

ARC Benefits Ltd.

 

ARC Benefits is a UK- based firm providing independent pensions management and governance services. ARC have developed a leading edge pensions management and governance system for workplace pensions.

 

Bob has

  • Over 40 years of experience in the Company Pensions Industry, having worked for leading Insurance Companies, Brokers and Actuaries
  • Specialized in strategic corporate advice and has designed and established many new pension funds, often with leading edge design, including an Industry wide scheme 
  • Established and sold a joint venture IFA firm and a joint venture with an Independent Actuarial firm
  • Been the Secretary to Trustees of a £700m pension fund
  • Since 2006, been instrumental in developing a cutting edge pensions management and governance platform
  • Co-authored a book on Pensions Management, published in 2011
  • Authored a chapter in the Institute of Directors book on Workplace Pensions published in 2016
  • Provided input and ideas to the CBI, OPRA, TPR, PPF and the DWP
  • Acted as the pension policy advisor to the British Chambers of Commerce 
  • Established the Independent Professional Trustee Group in 2003, now known as the Association of Professional Pension Trustees.
  • Enjoyed membership as a Fellow of both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Pensions Management Institute, and holds the IIMR certificate on Investment Management, and the PMI Trustee certificate
  • Completed a “mini” MBA at Aston Business School in 2016
  • Been a long-standing committee member of the East Midlands PLSA
  • Been a Fellowship Network Ambassador for the Pensions Management Institute since launch in 2016, to lead high level discussions on key industry issues
  • Been part of the management team of the Market Integrity Team of the Transparency Task Force, developing its Codes of Conduct initiative since 2017
  • Been awarded the Transparency Trophy in March 2018, for work on the TTF Market Integrity Team

 

Bob is participating in the panel session entitled "Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?"

Bob Ward,

Director,

Pascali

 

Bob is an Operations and Governance specialist and a pensions champion, with extensive experience and expertise in Corporate Pensions for both DC and DB schemes built over 35 years. 

 

He also has experience of wider protections and investment operations across Financial Services. With a grasp of IT processes, he has initiated improvements and innovative solutions. He has been at the forefront of major innovations in the financial services sector, covering real-time point of sale transactions, latest payroll to pension API, RTI and design of auto enrolment administration through the creation of a Master Trust.

 

He brings together the knowledge of a qualified IFA, Project management, Trusteeship and IT end user engagement to enhance the standards and member experience. Through his participation of the Friends of Auto Enrolment and Pension Playpen Bob strives to improve member outcomes affected by scams and tax relief inequalities and encourages trustees and scheme managers to seek better solutions.

 

Bob is participating in the panel session entitled "Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?"

Nick Boyes,

Managing Director,

Able Governance Ltd.

 

Nick established Able Governance in 2014. He has been immersed in the world of occupational pensions for over 25 years. A large portion of this time was spent with Alexander Forbes Trustee Services Ltd (AFTS), one of the UK's largest firms of independent trustees, where he worked for 22 years, 14 of which at Director level.

 

Nick represented AFTS on many trustee boards, where the schemes were either live and ongoing; closed to new entrants; or being wound up, restructured or merged; or being assessed for transition to FAS or PPF.

 

Many of these appointments would result from the need to give support to a board of trustees faced with an unfamiliar and challenging situation. The experience that Nick could bring to bear, and his ability to help steer a path through the negotiation process, resulted in the successful conclusion to many tricky situations.

 

Acting as a trustee to many defined benefit schemes where the principal employer was insolvent instilled in Nick a very pragmatic approach, with a heightened consciousness of cost control and the need to balance competing interests.

 

An important element of his role was responsibility for the continuing compliance of the pension schemes for which AFTS acted as trustee. This entailed establishing systems and procedures to ensure that these schemes are governed effectively and efficiently.

 

Nick has enjoyed being involved in industry-wide initiatives designed to raise the standard of pension scheme governance, and is proud to have assisted in the development of the Pension Regulator's highly regarded Trustee Toolkit.

 

Nick is participating in the panel session entitled "Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?"

 

Antony Barker,

Former Pensions Director and CIO at Santander UK.

 

Antony delivered a 15% pa return for the award-winning GBP11bn fund, creating an innovative portfolio of investments covering entertainment arenas, yacht marinas, Mexican gas pipelines, Nigerian telephone masts, mushroom farms and a cyber-attack proof phone that features in Washington's International Spy Museum!

 

He is credited with turning the bank's legacy pension arrangements into an operating business, driving out costs and improving the tax and risk management.

 

With a degree in Banking & Finance, Antony trained as an actuary and still oversees the South African investment exams.   Since leaving Santander, Antony has been developing an innovative real asset and private equity consolidation strategy and advising on development investment opportunities connected to blockchain, cryptocurrencies, infrastructure platforms and wifi connectivity for aircraft.

 

Antony is participating in the panel session entitled "Trustees; can they all be trusted to deliver?"

Julia Dreblow, 

Founder SRI Services & Fund EcoMarket  

 

Julia has worked in financial services since 1989, specialising in retail ‘sustainable, responsible and ethical investment’ (SRI) since the mid 1990’s. She now runs her own business the purpose of which is to increase support for retail funds which can help drive positive environmental and social change and meet client needs better. 

 

Her work includes consultancy and partnerships which includes running two free to use websites:

  • Fund EcoMarket is a unique, fund manager sponsored ‘whole of market’, advice process driven SRI/ESG retail fund tool. It brings together detailed information on screened and themed fund approaches and strategies, allowing researchers and advisers to bring this area into their operations.  (Sponsored by Liontrust, Rathbones, Sarasin & Partners, Pictet, Quilter Cheviot, Triodos Bank, Unicorn, M&G, JanusHenderson & Kames.)
  • SRI Services is a generic SRI information site for financial advisers which explains the principles of this area.

Fund EcoMarket was ‘Highly Commended’ in the 2015 Corporation of London Sustainable City Awards (Sustainable Finance) and again shortlisted in 2016 (the last time this category was offered). It was also shortlisted for a number of industry awards during 2016 and 2017.  

 

Julia is also involved in industry consultations and initiatives, writes in the industry media,  organises and speaks at events - primarily for financial services professionals.

 

Julia started her career as a trainee broker consultant at pension provider NPI. She moved to Friends Provident in 1996 - where she led their market leading SRI proposition and communications work until 2008.  She served as a main board director of not-for-profit industry association UKSIF from 2002-9, chaired their Retail Sub Committee and helped set up ‘Good Money Week’.

 

Julia is participating in the Power Panel: "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet."

Steve Kenzie, 

Executive Director,

UN Global Compact Network UK 

 

Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate sustainability framework. 

 

He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas.  Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.

 

He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.

 

Steve is participating in the Power Panel: "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet."

Sarah Wilson,

Founder,

Minerva Analytics Ltd.

 

Sarah is the founder of Minerva Analytics Ltd which was formed in March 2018 following the management buy-out of The Manifest Voting Agency.

 

Her career in the financial information industry can be traced back to the mid-1980s when she moved from paper publishing to electronic publishing with Datastream International (now part of Thomson Financial).

 

After a move into stockbroking promoting the benefits of independent research Sarah formed Manifest in 1995 in response to the Cadbury Code’s recommendation that shareholders should vote their shares. With her husband, Tim Clarke, also a director of Minerva, the pair developed the UK’s first electronic voting service, promoting the concept of open-standards, open-access vote messaging. This concept has now been adopted by the European Commission through the Shareholder Rights Directive.

 

Five years ago, Manifest developed a sustainability governance rating framework which enables investors to vote on sustainability factors as easily as on directors and remuneration.

 

Sarah is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and in-between everything else is taking a qualification in social sciences at the University of Cambridge.

 

She is also Wife to Tim, Mum to Rosie and Thomas and haphazard housekeeper for 4 cats and 4 chickens.

 

Sarah will be participating in the Power Panel on "Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

Neil Lancastle,

Senior Lecturer, 

De Montfort University

 

Neil has a background in technology and finance including Barclays Global Investors where, amongst other things, he worked on the development team for iShares.

Neil completed an MBA in Technology Management from the Open University in 2010 and a PhD in Management from the University of Leicester in 2015. Neil teaches various finance courses at De Montfort University, including behavioural finance, applied trading, and research methods. Neil’s current research interests also include the history of ETFs and the carry trade.

 

He also has a useful insight into the history and development of governance, current insight and ideas for the Regulators to consider... 

 

Neil will be participating in the Power Panel on "Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

Fran Boait,

Executive Director,

Positive Money.

 

As Executive Director, Fran has led the UK and international expansion of Positive Money, a non-profit think tank, which campaigns for systemic change of the money and banking system to support a fair, sustainable, and democratic economy.

 

Positive Money Europe launched in 2018, and Positive Money US will launch in early 2019. Committed to wider financial reform, she is also a Director of Finance Watch, and a Senior Fellow at the Finance Innovation Lab.

 

Fran was also recognised as one of the most 'Inspirational Women in the City' 2017 by Brummell Magazine. Fran has an MSci and PhD from Cambridge University in Geophysics. Fran has also worked at various international organisations including the UN, Greenpeace, and BP.

 

Fran will be participating in the Power Panel on "Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

Vincent Neate,

Founder & Director,

Relationship Capital Strategies Ltd.

 

Vincent is a Chartered Accountant, Master Practitioner of Neuro-linguistic Programming, Fellow of the RSA and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.  A former audit partner with KPMG, Vincent has experienced governance first hand in the public markets, in private equity and in the public sector.

 

For nearly twenty years Vincent’s overarching interest has been in the role that business plays in society.  There is no better way for organising for the efficient delivery of goods to citizens and yet this efficiency contains an inherent risk of failure to deliver anything for the common good.

 

Vincent now works as an independent consultant and coach with an emphasis on systems thinking, interdependence, connectivity and relationship, social impact and generative change.  His clients include Boards, management teams and individuals wanting to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personal and collective action.  

 

His interests include relational thinking, transparency, governance and risk management, social value, integrated thinking and reporting, and alternative dispute resolution.

 

Vincent founded his business, Relationship Capital Strategies, in 2016 to emphasise that in all our endeavours we succeed through strong bonds with others and fail when those bonds break. It is the collective that delivers progress and change whilst behind every crisis and failure there will be a stakeholder or stakeholders who were not well attended to.  Relationship Capital is the store of good will any organisation has because it has the capacity to attend well, and has attended well, to its stakeholders.

 

Vincent will be participating in the Power Panel on "Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

Joss Tantram,

Founding Partner,

Terrafiniti LLP.

 

Terrafiniti LLP is a pioneering sustainability and systems consultancy.

 

Joss Tantram is an expert in sustainable strategy, reporting and management, with 20 years’ experience in the private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK, Europe and world-wide.

 

Joss leads Terrafiniti's strategic services and their innovation initiative, Towards 9 Billion. Joss is the author of the Towards 9 Billion book series – presenting big, playful, hopeful ideas for a sustainable, equitable future. 

 

Joss will be participating in the Power Panel on "Can improvements in trusteeship, governance and stewardship help shift our economy from shareholder primacy to stakeholder primacy?”

Ronan Hodge,
Senior Manager,
Market Intelligence & Analysis,
The Bank of England
 
Ronan Hodge oversees the Bank of England’s market intelligence function – the Bank’s eyes and ears in financial markets.  
 
The market intelligence function supports the Bank’s financial and monetary stability objectives by providing clarity and understanding of developments in financial markets to facilitate its operational, analytical, supervisory and policymaking work.  
 
In recent years this has encompassed the risks from climate change and Ronan leads the Bank’s market intelligence activity on green finance markets.
 
Ronan represents the Bank of England on the central bank and supervisor Network for Greening the Financial System on its work on scaling up green finance.
 
Ronan will be a participant in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

Stephen Stretton,

R Programmer and Quantitative Analyst, specialising in Risk and Economics

 

Stephen is an economist, quantitative risk analyst, R programmer with masters degrees in Physics, and Economics from the University of Cambridge and in Philosophy from Birkbeck, London.

 

He has worked in financial risk management and in economic modelling of climate change mitigation and is currently writing a commissioned book on revolutionising taxation and welfare with a China based British businessman.

 

He is interested in the political and economic theory of governance and of sustainability transformation. He enjoys playing chess.

 

Stephen will be a participant in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

Andrew Parry,

Head of Sustainable Investing,

Hermes Investment Management.

 

Andrew Parry is Head of Sustainable Investing and a member of the Hermes Strategy Group. He joined the firm in 2009, initially as Chief Executive and Co-Head of Investment for Hermes Sourcecap, now Hermes European Equities, becoming Head of Equities in 2014 and taking on responsibility for developing Impact investing in August of 2016.

 

In September of 2017 he became Head of Sustainable Investing to reflect the commitment of Hermes to building on their success in responsible investing.

 

In 2006, Andrew jointly founded Sourcecap with the aim of building a best-in-class investment boutique focused on excellence in European equity management. Prior to this, Andrew established Pembroke Capital Management in 2003 and successfully launched the Magenta Fund, a global equity non-directional fund.

 

Before that, Andrew worked at Northern Trust Global Investments (Europe) Ltd as Chief Investment Officer of International Equities and was responsible for the management of global, international and regional portfolios. He has also held a variety of senior investment roles, including Head of International Equities at Julius Baer Investments, Chief Investment Officer at Lazard Brothers Asset Management, and Head of UK Equities at Baring Asset Management.

 

Andrew holds an MA in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews.

 

Andrew is Co-Chair of the UNEP Financial Initiative Positive Impact Steering Group and a member of the Investment Committee of the Trafalgar House Pension Trust . He was formerly an independent investment advisor to the Investment Sub-Committee of the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and a non-equity director of Aerion Fund Managers.

 

Andy will be a participant in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

Dr Paul Klumpes, 

Consultant,

GLG Consulting

 

Paul also holds academic positions at Birmingham University and Nottingham Business School. Previously he was Professor of Accounting at Nottingham Business School, EDHEC Business School, Roubaix, France, Chair of accounting at Imperial College London and Professor of Risk Accounting at Nottingham University Business School.

 

He holds an LLB(hons) from Open University, a BCom(hons), MCom(hons) and PhD in Accounting from the Unversity of New South Wales. He is also a Fellow of the Australian CPA Society and Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and affiliate of the Institute of Risk Management.

 

His research interests cover the inter-relationship of public policy and voluntary reporting, regulation, financial management and control of financial services, particularly related to pensions and life insurance.

 

Paul has prior professional experience in providing executive education courses for Incisive Media Training, and regularly consults to financial, industrial and government organisations in the areas of risk management and reporting issues. He is chairman of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Climate Risk Reporting Working Party; Paul will be referring to recent output from that at the symposium. 

 

Paul will be a participant in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

Caroline Barraclough, Communications Consultant, ESG Communications.

 

Caroline has worked in the sustainable and environmental investment industry for 14 years for a number of leading specialist asset managers, including Impax Asset Management and WHEB.

 

She now works as an independent consultant with ESG Communications, institutional research organisations (Carbon Disclosure Project), industry bodies (UKSIF) and a number of asset managers and ESG-related institutional investment initiatives.

 

Caroline holds a first class degree from The University of Oxford.

 

Caroline will be participating in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

JB Beckett,

UK Director, Association of Professional Fund Investors

 

Affectionately known as 'JB', a thought leader in the fields of fund strategy, research and governance. Author of the book '#NEWFUNDORDER' and co-author of ‘The WealthTec Book’.

 

A fund selector and strategist for around two decades, a gatekeeper for one of the UK's largest insurance platforms, with a portfolio of senior roles including; think tanks, advisory board, lecturing, columnist and global presenter.

 

Beyond Madoff, JB explores the ‘human condition’, the dichotomy of the Industry’s technological advancement versus the psychological dysfunctions of participants within it.

 

In doing so he focuses on inefficiencies, poor competition, malfeasance and innovations. JB is Director for the Association of Professional Fund Investors (APFI). His NFO consultancy seeks to enable Fintechs and boutiques whilst empowering fund selectors through new technologies.’ 

 

JB is a member of several Transparency Task Force Teams and is also a TTF Ambassador.

 

JB will be participating in the panel session "Pensions, Prudence and the Planet"

Andy Agathangelou FRSA,

Founding Chair,

Transparency Task Force.

 

Andy will be Chairing the Symposium. His overall objective is to galvanise support for the idea that greater transparency in financial services can drive positive, transformational change for the benefit of all.

 

Andy formed the Transparency Task Force following a meeting he led at Senate House, University of London on 6th May 2015. The meeting was the about the trust deficit that is impacting financial services and how harnessing the transformational power of transparency can drive the change that is needed.

 

That meeting set off a chain of events that led directly to the creation of our collaborative, campaigning community which is built on the idea that 'Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant'. 

 

Since 6th May 2015 he has recruited, organised and mobilised over 300 volunteers around the world into 13 Teams: 

 

 - The Banking Team

 - The Foreign Exchange Team

 - The Market Integrity Team

 - The Costs & Charges Team

 - The Scams & Scandals Team

 - Team PAM (Progressive Asset Managers)

 - Team PISCES (Purpose; Impact Investing; Sustainability; Corporate Social Responsibility; Environment, Social & Governance; Socially-Responsible Investing)

 - The Financial Stability Team

 - Team APAC

 - Team EMEA

 - Team Americas

 - Team GTI (Global Transparency Index)

 - The AE Team 

 

Our 13 Teams are the 'engine room' of the Transparency Task Force's work. Each Team is focused on a particular set of opacity-related challenges whereby subject-matter experts work together on a completely voluntary basis to develop and implement strategies to overcome those challenges.

 

 Andy is also:

  • Founding Chair, the Technology Task Force
  • Chair, the Interoperability Steering Group
  • Governor, Pensions Policy Institute
  • Fellow, the RSA
  • Chair, Pensions BIB,
  • Member, Investment Association Advisory Board on Cost Disclosure
  • Former Founding Chair, Friends of Auto Enrolment
  • Former Founding Chair, Friends of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees

How to secure your place

 

Please note that there is limited availability and all places must be booked in advance - use the link below.

 

It is a pay-to-attend event: £245 buys a place for one attendee.

 

However, if the pricing is genuinely a barrier, let us know and we'll look to discount as necessary - one way or another if the topics we are going to be covering are of genuine interest we're keen that you can attend and participate, so if you genuinely need an adjustment to the price get in touch ASAP through:

 

andy.agathangelou@transparencytaskforce.org or 07501 460308

 

Payment can be made through credit card or invoice.

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