Risk & Scheme Funding Forum

Seeing the wood for the trees

PPF chief finance officer and chief actuary Lisa McCrory noted funding has been extremely volatile over the course of the year, branding 2020 "a challenging time for DB schemes". Scheme funding in the DB universe has worsened, the latest PPF purple book revealed aggregate funding levels dropped to 94.9% as at March 2020 from 99.2% the previous year, a drop the PPF said is primarily the result of market movements.

Professional Pensions Risk and Scheme Funding breakfast briefing aims to help pension professionals see the wood for the trees. This concise digital breakfast briefing will consider risk as a whole; cyber, governance, climate, volatility and how they can affect the overall running of a scheme and its long term goals.

This event will consider what journey planning will look like now and how you can provide better governance for members.

All of the sessions are quick fire and the closing panel allows plenty of time for interaction with our expert speakers, plus you can catch up on any content you miss with our on demand video feature.


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

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



*Please note that complimentary places are reserved for inhouse pension and benefit professionals


Welcome from the chair

Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

Journey planning – what next?

The pensions industry has fared surprisingly well over the last year, but is the real impact still to come? The unprecedented scope and scale of furloughs, quantitative easing and major corporate bailouts schemes may be hiding the reality that some journey plans are not as robust as may have been anticipated.

  • Is your employer sustainable?
  • Do we expect to see the journey plans of scheme changing
Better governance for members

Better governance is recognised as delivering better outcomes for members and sponsors, to some this paves the way for consolidation. Consolidation solutions are on the rise, from defined contribution master trusts, to Clara and The Pension Superfund, and the defined benefit master trust. With the pandemic changing the efficiency of trustee meetings meaning the industry is no longer anchored to the quarterly meeting cycle but rather able to meet more frequently has this allowed trustee boards to be better informed. This session will consider the impact the pandemic has had on scheme governance and what the future of governance might look like.

A holistic look at risk

How can you compare investment risk with cyber risk, climate risk? Is the current thinking too siloed causing Trustees to miss the overall balance of risk as a whole? This session will consider scenario planning, what to include and the variables that can make a difference to make sure your scheme is prepared.

Panel and Q&A with all the speakers
Closing remarks

Jonathan Stapleton, Editor, Professional Pensions

Delegate Registration



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Ellie Harris
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+44 (0)20 7484 9713
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