Alexandra has built a long and successful career in the financial sector, initially as an international fixed income fund manager for a number of premier international banks and financial institutions before moving onto the development of global institutional fund management services. Forming Noble & Associates more than a decade ago, she has since built a successful professional advisory practice providing advisory and business development services to pension funds, asset managers and investment consultants. She is now in growing demand by many of her major clients who want her to share her wisdom, market experience and human development skills by mentoring their next generation of high-flying and talented potential leaders and she is convinced this will increasingly become a success differentiator within the financial sector. She is also involved with growing Pensions for Purpose, a thought leadership initiative to help inform pension funds and other investors in investing with impact.
Alexandra lives in the City with her husband and is Chair of Future-Fit Ltd, and a Trustee of the childrens charity ‘Tree of Hope’ as well as The Foundation of Nursing Studies and The OPLAN Foundation.
With 29 years’ experience of advising many of the most exciting, progressive companies in the financial services space, Gay has a reputation for pragmatic advice and an enviable network. Her particular specialism is in working with large and small asset managers, unlisted or listed, and helping them to grow and navigate change. Gay has founded and grown three PR companies, Montfort Communications, Penrose Financial (which became MHP) and Ludgate Communications and has an executive role at Montfort where she advises financial services companies on communications.
She is a founding Steering Committee member of the 30% Club and has supported it on a pro bono basis for a decade by leading its communications work. Gay is also a board member of Cancer Research UK’s “Women of Influence”, a NED and the Senior Independent Director of JP Morgan Global Growth & Income plc and a Board Member of the Association of Investment Companies (AIC).
Girish Menezes is Head of Administration at Premier Pensions. He is well known within the UK pensions and benefits industry and is a regular media contributor producing high-quality thought-leadership and technical articles. He has a Masters in Management from the London Business School, is Board Director of the Pensions Administration Standards Association and is a member of the Advisory Council, Pensions Management Institute.
Hugh is an experienced consultant on all types of pension schemes, acting as Scheme Actuary, corporate adviser and independent trustee. He also has a key management role within Spence & Partners and industry roles with the Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) and Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA).
Hugh joined Spence in April 2016 having held a variety of senior roles in several major pension consultancies since 1989. He was Chief Actuary at JLT until 2016 and is the immediate past President of the SPP. Hugh has also sat on the Main Committee of the ACA and chaired the ACA's Defined Contribution Committee.”
Jenny became the first female Chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries in June 2018. She previously served as Honorary Treasurer from 2014 – 2018 and chaired the ACA’s Professional Affairs Committee until end 2017. She is also a member of the Cost Transparency Initiative Board.
Jenny was appointed as Mercer UK’s Chief Actuarial Officer in 2017 and was a member of the UK DB Wealth leadership team until the end of 2018.
Jenny graduated from Oxford University in 1991 with an MA in Mathematics. She qualified as a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) in 1994.
Joe is the Head of DB, LGPS and Standards at the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). The PLSA is the voice for pensions and lifetime savings in the UK, representing over 1,300 pension schemes with just over £1 trillion in assets under management. Its mission is to help everyone achieve a better income in retirement.
At the PLSA is responsible for policy areas including defined benefit provision, pension scheme governance, corporate governance, the Pension Quality Mark and institutional investment issues. Joe is a member of the Cost Transparency Initiative Board, and an advisor to the Local Government Pension Scheme Advisory Board for England & Wales.
Kate is Client Director at KBPR, and is responsible for client strategy, planning and new business development. Kate has 20 years’ experience in PR and marketing within the financial sector, specialising in pensions, investments and employee benefits. She established KBPR in 2009 to represent organisations who want to work in partnership to challenge the status quo; doing things differently to innovate, educate and push the conversations and boundaries of the industry.
Working across all clients, who represent the full spectrum of services across the industry and everything from new brands to high-profile firms and individuals, Kate lends her expertise and experience to provide strategic and tactical advice across all aspects of PR and marketing.
Kate is one of the most respected and sought-after advisers in the industry and her connections with clients, peers and the media speak for themselves. Kate herself was listed in Brummel’s “Ones to watch” and is regularly invited to judge the industry’s largest awards. KBPR is the only full-service agency wholly and exclusively dedicated to the pensions and investment industry, and KBPR are the reigning winner of the FT’s PIPA Financial Services PR Award – their fifth victory in the category.
Michael is the Head of Pension Proposition at Smart Pension. He is responsible for the continuous development of Smart's commercial operations, through the design and delivery of industry-leading and consumer-centric solutions.
Michael is also co-founder of the NextGenNow Committee, an initiative that promotes and encourages the next generation of pensions and savings professionals, a member of the PLSA Policy Board and Master Trust committee, and non-executive director for mypensionID.