Professional Pensions Investment Conference

Capitalising on volatility

20 & 27 January 2021

The pandemic has amplified disruptors and created an even more challenging landscape for investors. What does a post-pandemic economy look like, and how are Trustees supposed to prepare?

This two part Investment Conference will bring you the latest updates from economists, asset managers and pension consultants. We will be taking a look at the outlook for the 2021 economy, alternatives, cashflow strategies and global equity markets to name a few, assessing how they fared through the volatility and what we can expect for the year ahead.

Join Professional Pensions for this succinct digital event on the 20th and 27th of January where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to chat to our expert speakers, ask questions and network with your peers. All the sessions will also be available on demand for you to re-watch post event. 

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




Welcome and opening remarks by Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions
Keynote: Economic outlook for 2021

Shamik Dhar, Chief Economist, BNY Mellon Investment Management

The future and growth of ESG integration

Building better futures through sound environmental management is important to all our stakeholders, and today there is an urgent need among financial institutions and investors to quantify climate risk in their portfolios as the physical toll of climate change mounts and the global transition to net zero emissions accelerate.

During this session, Meaghan Muldoon, Global Head of ESG Integration at BlackRock, will discuss the impact of 2020 and changes in behaviour toward embedding ESG into portfolios, identify drivers of long-term return associated with ESG issues, integrating them throughout BlackRock's investment process, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment returns.

Meaghan Muldoon, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG Integration at BlackRock

Networking break
Grab a cuppa, stroke the dog and head to our exhibition hall
Endgame investing – navigating the journey
Today, investors have more endgame options than ever before. Consolidators, capital-backed investment solutions and insurance – all can support trustees and sponsors to get to their endgame more quickly. But, what are the practical steps investors should take to prepare their portfolios? And, how can they do this with less risk, and lower costs, along the way? This session will explore the steps trustees and sponsors can take at each stage of their endgame journey.

Lucy Barron, Partner, Aon

UK Infrastructure Debt – contributing towards the development of economies and society

Infrastructure debt supports the growth of UK PLC through investment in projects such as fibre broadband networks and cleaner electricity production. For pension schemes, investment in this essential and sustainable infrastructure exhibits a relatively low exposure to the economic cycle, offering diversification benefits, and also a contractual income with a yield pick-up over public market equivalents. Couple these factors together with encouragement from the UK government for schemes to invest in infra and it is rapidly becoming a mainstream allocation. During this session Jerome Neyroud, Head of Investments, Infrastructure Debt, Schroders, will discuss the themes that are making UK infrastructure a compelling proposition and how schemes can position it within their portfolios; be it as a standalone allocation, as part of a CDI solution or as a component of a multi-private credit strategy.

Jerome Neyroud, Head of Infrastructure Debt Investments, Schroders

Closing remarks by Jonathan Stapleton
Welcome and opening remarks by Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions
The evolution of the real estate long income market

The real estate long income market in the UK is now almost 20-years-old but it has been evolving to meet the changing needs of pension investors. This session will outline how long income investments are helping meet the income needs of pension investors – with a focus on amortising leases, which offer debt-like cashflows with attractive risk-adjusted returns. It will also consider the evolution of ESG integration within the asset class.

Luke Layfield, Real Estate Long Income Fund Management at Aviva Investors

Pooled Fund investments: key issues for trustees

Increasingly complex pooled fund arrangements are becoming a staple of pension trustees’ investment portfolios. The legal documentation governing these investments are often lengthy and complex, and can be difficult to digest. This session will take a high level look at the different structures, regulatory frameworks and terms of these pooled fund arrangements and identify the key legal issues and risks for pension trustees when considering their investments in various pooled fund structures.

Simon Borhan, Managing Associate, Linklaters LLP

Networking break

Grab a cup of tea, check some emails!

Address from the Minister for Pensions

The Minister will be updating on recent DWP work on climate change, stewardship and investment, and the Department’s vision for 2021, including COP26.

Guy Opperman, MP

Closing panel: Finding decent investments

This session will discuss what pension funds are actually investing in:

  • Active vs passive across asset classes
  • ESG active management

Rachel Harris, Senior Investment Director, Credit, Aviva Investors

David Fogarty, Professional Trustee, Dalriada

Duncan Willsher, Trustee Director, 20-20 Trustees


For programme queries contact:
Paige Reeves
Conference Manager
+44 (0)207 484 9810

For sponsorship queries contact:
Liam Barrett
Sales Director
+44 (0)207 484 9977
For registration queries:
Ellie Harris
Marketing Executive
+44 (0)20 7484 9713