Defined Contribution Conference

Protecting Member Interests

According to the Office for National Statistics, defined contribution contributions were scaled back by 11% in the second quarter of 2020 as the impact of the pandemic set in. Savers also withdrew £9.4bn flexibly from their retirement pots during 2020, data released by HM Revenue & Customs has shown.

This dramatic fall in pension contributions directly linked to the pandemic, could seriously affect the financial wellbeing of some members by putting a massive dent in people's retirement plans and ability to save for the future.

Professional Pensions
Defined Contribution digital event, hopes to take stock of the last year, and ask the important questions; are members saving enough and have we improved the member journey at retirement?

This two part digital event will provide you with the latest thinking and innovation in the DC market during our snappy 15 minute presentations, with plenty of time to ask questions during our live speaker Q&A. Our platform also provides the opportunity for networking with an easy to navigate chat function during the event and the ability to catch up on any sessions missed with our on demand feature.

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

Time until the event

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




    Chair’s opening remarks

    Opening keynote: update from The Pensions Regulator

    An update on TPR’s new Corporate strategy: Pensions of the Future, the consultation on the new single code of practice, and what the Pension Schemes Act means for DC schemes.

    Louise Sivyer, Policy Principal, The Pension Regulator’s Regulatory Policy Directorate

    DC Master Trusts

    Regulatory pressures on smaller DC schemes are expected to accelerate the consolidation trend. Many schemes will have to either wind up the scheme or identify the improvements they plan to make to the scheme to keep it open. This session will go through what this will mean for the future of the DC market, how to pick a provider and how partnering with a master trust leads to better member outcomes without loss of control.

    Shabna Islam, Head of DC Provider Relations, Hymans Robertson

    Networking break
    Please grab a drink, talk in the event chat and visit some of our sponsor booths
    Intelligent design: How clever investments can help manage volatile markets
    Planning for retirement can be fraught with difficulties, but this doesn’t have to be the case in a world where intelligent investment design and technology can help you manage certain risks. During periods of huge uncertainty, such as what we experienced over 2020, greater knowledge and accessibility of your finances allows you to more easily make important financial decisions. Hear how SEI’s intelligently designed retirement funds, combined with our open banking app, finally gives members control of their retirement.

    Steve Charlton, SEI Master Trust & DC Managing Director, EMEA and Asia

    The Complete Retirement Story: From confusion to confidence

    How can pension schemes ensure that they instil confidence in their members at crucial decision making events?

    Jessica Rigby, Director of Strategy, Evolve Pensions

    Paul Bannister, CEO, Evolve Pensions

    Closing remarks from the chair
    Chairs welcome

    Raising the bar: Four Smart steps to delivering better outcomes

    Hear practical learnings from a Master Trust that has consolidated many schemes, delivering better outcomes for members.

    Paul Budgen, Director, Smart Pension

    Investment pathways

    It is a real challenge to get people from 100% inertia to become fully engaged by time they get to retirement. This session hopes to showcase how you can better assist savers with complex decisions regarding pot access at the point of retirement, by mapping a pre/post retirement journey that a member could consider, looking at a flexible drawdown offering and other routes that can be taken.

    Trevor Greetham, Head of Multi-Asset, RLAM

    Networking break

    Please grab a drink, have a look round the exhibition hall and contribute to the event chat.

    Solving the private markets conundrum for the UK DC market
    There has been so much support for, and noise generated by government and industry to find a way for DC schemes to access private markets, where the illiquidity and complexity premium is like a precious metal. Why then do we still only have a couple of solutions available for this unmet demand? Natixis in conjunction with its specialist private credit manager – MV Credit, have built a solution that finally gives access to these asset classes with the appropriate liquidity and access, and at a price point that works for a prudent allocation within a blended portfolio.

    Nicole Downer, Managing Partner, MV Credit, Natixis Investment Managers
    Nick Groom, Head of UK DC, Natixis Investment Managers

    Closing keynote panel
    Successfully engaging people with pensions and wider financial education / saving under one umbrella.
    • What initiatives work well and cater for the different life stages people are at?
    • Improving member engagement – how can we get rid of the perception that “Pensions is boring”.
    • Auto enrolment – is 8% enough. What next?

    Andy Cheseldine, Professional Trustee, Capital Cranfield

    Adrian Boulding, Director of Policy, NOW Pensions

    Sarah Luheshi, Deputy Director, Pensions Policy Institute

    Close of conference

    Please note: this programme is subject to change


    Evolve Pensions
    Director of Policy
    NOW: Pensions
    Smart Pension
    SEI Master Trust & DC Managing Director, EMEA and Asia
    Professional Trustee
    Capital Cranfield
    Managing Partner, MV Credit
    Natixis Investment Managers
    Head of Multi Asset
    Royal London Asset Management
    Head of UK DC
    Natixis Investment Managers
    Head of DC Provider Relations
    Hymans Robertson
    Deputy Director
    Pensions Policy Institute
    Partner, MV Credit
    Natixis Investment Managers
    Director of Strategy
    Evolve Pensions
    Policy Principal, TPR’s Regulatory Policy Directorate
    The Pensions Regulator


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    Conference Manager
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