Defined Contribution Conference 2022

Doing more for members

Join us this June for Professional Pensions’ annual DC Conference, where we examine the current trends in the DC pensions market, ensuring that you are equipped with everything you need to know in order to maintain member benefits and outcomes.

Economic disturbance is poised to continue as the effects of the pandemic ripple through all sectors of life, and the UK heads into an inflationary period, and it is a no less busy year for DC schemes, with The Pension Regulator’s commitment to continue working towards CDC implementation, the regulatory push towards ESG inclusivity, and calls for default investment strategies to come under review there’s plenty on the plates of trustees.

Come together at the DC Conference to hear from a range of industry speakers on an array of topics to keep you well informed of industry events and trends.

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

Countdown to DC Conference 2022

Please note: this programme is subject to change


Welcome and Opening Remarks
Professional Pensions
An Update on PLSA’s Automatic Enrolment Work

In this session, we are joined by Alyshia Harrington-Clark, Head of DC, Master Trusts and Life Savings, who will be updating us on the latest research and reports from the PLSA, where you can expect to hear about topics such as small pots and pensions adequacy.

Head of DC, Master Trusts and Life Savings
Reimagining Wellness: How Widening Financial Knowledge Can Unlock Meaningful Pensions Engagement

Are people feeling shame or embarrassment about their lack of wider financial knowledge, and could this be hindering their engagement? In this session, Neil Hugh, Head of Workplace Proposition & Strategy and Amy Johnson, Head of Customer Proposition, will talk about how new research is shining a light on the crux of why people aren’t engaging with their pensions, and how the root goes well beyond long-term savings. They will highlight the importance of wider wellness to unlocking greater engagement; how this must be embedded into the heart of any customer communication strategy moving forward, and what the future looks like.

Head of Workplace Proposition & Strategy
Standard Life
Head of Customer Proposition
Standard Life

Panel: Can It All Be Done? Accessing Illiquidity in DC Schemes
In this session, join our panellists as they discuss:

  • What are the common myths around investing in illiquids/private markets?
  • What are the benefits and complexities of illiquid investments for DC schemes?
  • How can illiquid investments help schemes achieve climate milestones?
  • How can illiquid investments be used to improve member outcomes?
  • What steps need to be taken to incorporate illiquids within your scheme investment strategy?
Professional Pensions
Professional Trustee
Capital Cranfield
Head of UK Institutional Defined Contribution
Head of Investment Solutions Governance
Phoenix Group
Head of DC Investment
Hymans Roberston

Networking Break
Actual ESG: Focusing Beyond Metrics and Investing in Positive Change

ESG investing can thrive with a proactive approach, but not as solely a data and metrics exercise. DC schemes can move forward and recognise the investment opportunities available in the companies making a difference. Not only to gain from, but also as a way of driving change and focus on real world outcomes. By integrating ESG principles into our investment analysis and practice, we can look beyond the data and see ESG as an opportunity, not a problem. In this session, uncover what actual ESG investing is and how regulators have used transparency demand to drive change, the limitations of ESG ratings and understand long-termism & the importance of governance.

Client Service Director, Partner
Baillie Gifford

Driving Innovation in Workplace Engagement

Nick Roy, Aegon’s Client and Partnership Director, will explore the latest innovations in scheme governance and member engagement. Enhancing member’s relationship with their employer and pension provider.

Director, Client and Partnership Development

Tackling Greenwash Wariness Among World-Weary Pension Savers

Are world events, rising living costs and COVID-19 causing distracted DC savers to deprioritise environmental and social issues? In this session, Legal & General will share its latest member research on ESG and discuss with Tumelo CEO Georgia Stewart, how we might overcome the greenwash scepticism that may be coming between people and their pension plans.

Co-Head of DC
Co-Head of DC

Address from The SPP

We are joined by the newly appointed President of the Society of Pension Professionals, Steve Hitchiner.

Society of Pension Professionals
Legal Update: What You Need To Know

Matthew Swynnerton from DLA Piper will give us an update on all the need-to-know legislative changes and expectations relevant to DC schemes in the next year. Expect to hear about stronger nudge, pension scams, dashboards, and more upcoming developments.

DLA Piper
Lessons from Overseas: A Discussion with AustralianSuper

This session will be the rare opportunity to hear from one of the largest DC schemes in the world. Join us, as we discover how AustralianSuper made their successes of investing a significant portion of it’s assets in private markets. Explore the reason of decision-making process on whether to invest directly through in-house or external managers, and how investing the private markets has kept member charges at a reasonable level. When you’re at the top, what does the future hold and how can you go up?

Head of Investments, Europe
Closing Remarks
Drinks Reception

Finish the day and join us for a drink and a chance to network with your industry peers.

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




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