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Registration and Arrival Breakfast
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Welcome and Opening Remarks
Speaker
Editor-in-Chief
Professional Pensions
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Solving Stagflation: Preparing to Protect Ourselves in a High Inflation Future

With looming Stagflation, inflation is the primary issue facing the UK's economy. Suitable inflation protection is becoming increasingly urgent for portfolios. DC members' benefits will have to maintain purchasing power, whilst DB members are at risk with their fixed pensions. Inflation is playing out in all aspects of the integrated risk management triangle.

This session will address:

  • How is inflation affecting contribution, investment, and covenant?
  • How can we practically address this now?
  • Is now the time to buy out and look at endgame strategy?
  • Predictions of how inflation will impact the market in future, and how we can best prepare ourselves for this?
Speaker
Associate Editor
The Times
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Coffee and Networking Break
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Session Sponsored by Janus Henderson (Title TBC)

Content TBC 

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The Push and Pull Factors on Pension Scheme Assets, Large and Small

Pension scheme assets are migrating - driven by a host of "push" and "pull" factors. Regulation is a "push" into more sustainable investments and lower risk strategies. In turn, schemes feel the "pull" of better relative opportunities in private assets and the governance benefits of Fiduciary Management. These longer-term factors sit in the near-term context of heightened volatility and a weakening economic environment. Many schemes have been "pushed" to sell assets at inopportune times to meet liquidity needs, skewing their portfolios. In this session our speaker illuminate the challenges faced by schemes today, large and small.

Speaker
Head of UK Client Solutions
Schroders
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The Effective System of Governance: Tackling the Practicality

Governance is at the heart of all investment arrangements in the 21st century and good governance is key to success. With The Pensions Regulator asking schemes for an own risk assessment, and an annual return to keep track of progress, Trustees are being put under more pressure than ever. Enough speculating, it's time to tackle the practicality behind The Effective System of Governance.

This session will address:

  • What is the most ideal governance structure- Is there even one?
  • The do's and don'ts of completing an own risk assessment
  • Explaining the internal audit function
  • How do we make governance fit for the future?
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Lunch
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Member Interaction in Times of Inflation: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Post pandemic, society has been accelerated into a new digital age, but as an industry, are pension schemes behind on member engagement? There is a gap between trustees and members, and a large proportion of DB savers are not engaged with their pensions. Plus, with inflation on the rise, are trustees reacting accordingly?

This session will address:

  • How often do you need to interact with members, and how does this change for DB/DC schemes?
  • How much should you tell your members?
  • What is the best method for approaching interaction with members?
  • How can trustees manage engagement around inflation effectively?
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Post Pandemic Problems: Understanding a Stretched Admin Market

In a post pandemic world, the admin market is more stretched than ever. Many concerns are being raised regarding this: Is the industry going to fall over? Are there enough people to handle our current situation, and if not, how do we stop staff from burning out? How will we encourage people to join the pensions industry in a world where we struggle to get admin in the office? Whilst expressing our concerns raises awareness of the problem, it is important to first understand how stretched the market really is, and then planning for a stress-free future.

This session will address:

  • The truth about the admin market
  • How will the workplace develop in a hybrid-working world?
  • How can we encourage and support new starters into the industry?
  • The hurdles the pension industry is facing/will face
  • Planning for the future, and how we can resolve these issues
  • What is the workplace going to look like in the hybrid world?
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How Can the Smaller Schemes Practically Address ESG?

After many sessions discussing the importance of ESG, why are smaller schemes still unsure of what to do? Whilst most sessions suggest solutions to welcome ESG into the workplace, many of these are only practical for larger schemes. It's time to tackle the fear of "not doing enough" and discuss what we are seeing in schemes below £200M.

This session will address: 

  • A realistic practical approach of how smaller schemes can reach net zero
  • The hurdles for smaller schemes and how to tackle them
  • Defeating the "not doing enough" complex, and why smaller schemes shouldn't compare themselves to larger schemes
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Post Pandemic Problems: Understanding a Stretched Admin Market

In a post pandemic world, the admin market is more stretched than ever. Many concerns are being raised regarding this: Is the industry going to fall over? Are there enough people to handle our current situation, and if not, how do we stop staff from burning out? How will we encourage people to join the pensions industry in a world where we struggle to get admin in the office? Whilst expressing our concerns raises awareness of the problem, it is important to first understand how stretched the market really is, and then planning for a stress-free future.

This session will address: 

  • The truth about the admin market
  • How will the workplace develop in a hybrid-working world?
  • How can we encourage and support new starters into the industry?
  • The hurdles the pension industry is facing/will face
  • Planning for the future, and how we can resolve these issues
  • What is the workplace going to look like in the hybrid world?
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How Can the Smaller Schemes Practically Address ESG?

After many sessions discussing the importance of ESG, why are smaller schemes still unsure of what to do? Whilst most sessions suggest solutions to welcome ESG into the workplace, many of these are only practical for larger schemes. It's time to tackle the fear of "not doing enough" and discuss what we are seeing in schemes below £200M.

This session will address: 

  • A realistic practical approach of how smaller schemes can reach net zero
  • The hurdles for smaller schemes and how to tackle them
  • Defeating the "not doing enough" complex, and why smaller schemes shouldn't compare themselves to larger schemes.
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Member Interaction in Times of Inflation: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Post pandemic, society has been accelerated into a new digital age, but as an industry, are pension schemes behind on member engagement? There is a gap between trustees and members, and a large proportion of DB savers are not engaged with their pensions. Plus, with inflation on the rise, are trustees reacting accordingly?

This session will address:

  • How often do you need to interact with members, and how does this change for DB/DC schemes?
  • How much should you tell your members?
  • What is the best method for approaching interaction with members?
  • How can trustees manage engagement around inflation effectively?
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How Can the Smaller Schemes Practically Address ESG?

After many sessions discussing the importance of ESG, why are smaller schemes still unsure of what to do? Whilst most sessions suggest solutions to welcome ESG into the workplace, many of these are only practical for larger schemes. It's time to tackle the fear of "not doing enough" and discuss what we are seeing in schemes below £200M.

This session will address:

  • A realistic practical approach of how smaller schemes can reach net zero
  • The hurdles for smaller schemes and how to tackle them
  • Defeating the "not doing enough" complex, and why smaller schemes shouldn't compare themselves to larger schemes.
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Member Interaction in Times of Inflation: Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

Post pandemic, society has been accelerated into a new digital age, but as an industry, are pension schemes behind on member engagement? There is a gap between trustees and members, and a large proportion of DB savers are not engaged with their pensions. Plus, with inflation on the rise, are trustees reacting accordingly?

This session will address:

  • How often do you need to interact with members, and how does this change for DB/DC schemes?
  • How much should you tell your members? • What is the best method for approaching interaction with members?
  • How can trustees manage engagement around inflation effectively?
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Post Pandemic Problems: Understanding a Stretched Admin Market

In a post pandemic world, the admin market is more stretched than ever. Many concerns are being raised regarding this: Is the industry going to fall over? Are there enough people to handle our current situation, and if not, how do we stop staff from burning out? How will we encourage people to join the pensions industry in a world where we struggle to get admin in the office? Whilst expressing our concerns raises awareness of the problem, it is important to first understand how stretched the market really is, and then planning for a stress-free future.

This session will address: 

  • The truth about the admin market
  • How will the workplace develop in a hybrid-working world?
  • How can we encourage and support new starters into the industry?
  • The hurdles the pension industry is facing/will face
  • Planning for the future, and how we can resolve these issues
  • What is the workplace going to look like in the hybrid world?
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An Update from The Regulator

Nicola will cover current policy issues including Climate change and TCFD requirements, developments in relation to CDC, implementing the Pension Schemes Act and current work at TPR.

Speaker
Executive Director of Frontline Regulation
The Pensions Regulator
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Closing Remarks
Speaker
Editor-in-Chief
Professional Pensions
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Free Time and Networking
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Drinks Reception
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Dinner

Please note: programme is subject to change