Defined Contribution Conference Autumn

Reinforcing member security

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on industries around the globe, and with vaccinations numbers on the rise there is finally an end in sight. This is certainly not the time to be lax, however, with full economic recovery still some way off. In fact, the PPI and Centre for Ageing Better have warned us in June that, despite auto-enrolment driving up contributions to pension schemes, the vast majority of DC members are unlikely to achieve their expected retirement income.

With this in mind, now is the time to remain vigilant, and work to secure member outcomes in these uncertain times, whether that is adjusting the measuring stick, using data more efficiently, or perhaps considering private assets for potential investment pathways.

Join us this November as we hear from industry experts on a range of topics that addresses the actions we can take now to maintain and improve member security, as well as what we might expect to see in the future.

This event is working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 and follows guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA)

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Who should attend?

Professional Pensions  welcomes delegates from the following job types:


Pension Scheme Managers

Pension Scheme Administrators

Pensions Communication Specialists

Chairs of Trustees

HR Directors/Managers


Financial Directors




    Registration and Breakfast
    Opening Remarks

    Jonathan Stapleton, Editor-in-Chief, Professional Pensions

    Keynote: DC Governance – the good the bad and the ugly.

    The importance of good governance cannot be underestimated. Not getting it right won’t necessarily just be an inconvenience, it could hamper or derail your scheme objectives as well as result in poor member experience and outcomes. With the intention of highlighting areas of future focus for schemes and Trustee’s, during this session we will examine recent TPR survey results to highlight where market experience is good, bad or ugly.

    David Pharo, Board Director, PASA

    Rethink Net Zero: Is your portfolio fit for the post-carbon world

    DC pension schemes are increasingly exploring integration of climate risk and net zero led considerations in equity portfolios. The market has responded with variations of low tracking error climate aware solutions. Concurrently, there has been guidance from the TCFD on best practice which is likely to push some of these strategies to update their methodology. In this session, we will discuss this best practise guidance and implications for investors in some of the climate aware strategies. We will also cover how a carbon footprint alone does not equate to financial risk and how further assessment of temperature trajectories will be key in promoting the move to net zero.

    Thomas Höhne-Sparborth, Head of Sustainability Research, Lombard Odier

    Networking Break
    Value for money in DC pensions

    We know it’s hard for people to save enough to meet either the “moderate” or “comfortable” levels of PLSA’s Retirement Living Standards. So extracting every last ounce of value for money from what’s been paid into a pension is important. As both Regulators lay out plans for a common value for money assessment framework we look art areas they may have overlooked. Like the importance of steps that encourage and maintain contributions. And the value of using pensions in the most tax efficient way. And we wonder whether their backwards looking assessment of costs and charges is overly simplistic and is likely to drive activity in the industry that will hinder rather than help us to steward our pension futures.

    Adrian Boulding, Director of Policy, NOW: Pensions

    Pensions? I'll wait until the box-set comes out

    A look at what makes member communications so difficult, how DC communications have moved the dial in the last 30 years, and how we can hope to drive member engagement in the future.

    David Millar, Head of Communications, LCP

    Panel Discussion: DC investment in a changing landscape

    A panel of investment-minded professionals will discuss the latest developments and trends in DC scheme investment.

    Andrew Cheseldine, Professional Trustee, Capital Cranfield
    Martin Collins, Trustee Director, 20-20 Trustees
    Alyshia Harrington-Clark, Head of DC, Master Trusts and Lifetime Savings, PLSA

    Chair: Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

    Networking lunch


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