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Abhishek Srivastav

head of UK Pensions Solutions

Columbia Threadneedle Investments

In this role he is responsible for collaboration with the UK pension fund community, and their advisors, and oversight of solution construction across the entire range of asset propositions.

He joined Threadneedle Investments in 2013 as a Director in the Institutional Business Group. Before joining the company, Abhishek worked at Deutsche Asset Management working with institutional investors. He has also held senior financial services consulting roles at Accenture (Frankfurt, London and New York).

Abhishek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honours, in Economics from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, and a Master in Business Administration in Finance degree from London Business School. Abhishek is IMC qualified.

Company start date: 2013
Industry start date: 2004

Ava Lau

group pensions manager

London Stock Exchange Group

Ava Lau has been working at the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) as its Group Pensions Manager since 2016. As well as being responsible for LSEG's global pension arrangements, she has led a number of benefits review projects and financial wellbeing initiatives. Prior to joining LSEG, she worked as an actuarial consultant at Willis Towers Watson, advising pension scheme trustees and corporate sponsors. During her time at WTW, she was seconded to Tesco where she helped with the closure of its defined benefit scheme and the design and communication of the new retirement savings plan.

Ava has a first class degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

 

 

Bill Mexon

pensions technical manager

Siemens

Bill has been Pensions Technical Manager at Siemens for the last 14 of his 40 odd years in pensions. His career has included various roles with Providers, Advisers, Administrators and other in-house operations.

He claims that it's his love of pensions that keeps him working well past minimum pension age and nothing to do with his inability to listen to the guidance he gives others to plan their retirement before it's too late.

Bill's role in the Siemens Corporate Pensions team includes close liaison with Corporate HR colleagues in respect of pensions aspects of the Siemens reward strategy.

Bobby Riddaway

senior investment consultant

Capita Employee Solutions

Bobby is a Senior Investment Consultant who has over twenty years of experience in advising both the Trustees and Employers of Occupational Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Schemes. He joined Capita in 2013 and led the growth of the Investment Consulting Team until moving back to a full time client facing role. Bobby is a qualified Actuary and is a past Chair of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Investment Sub-Committee and has also served on the Finance and Investment Board of the Institute of Actuaries. He is also a regular speaker on Investment issues at various conferences.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Parrott

head of pensions

Heathrow Airport

Chris is currently Head of Pensions for Heathrow Airport (formerly the British Airports Authority) with a career spanning 36 years in various senior roles within occupational pensions.

A Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute, he also an elected member of the Institute's Council and currently Chair of the PMI Trustee Group. Chris is also an Advisory Council member of AIMSE Europe and of the Pensions Committee of the 100 Group (which represents the views of Finance Directors of the UKs largest employers). He is a previous winner of the Engaged Investor ‘Pensions Manager of the Year' award (2011 and 2014).

 

 

Craig Brown

Mobius Life

institutional distribution director

Craig Brown has over 30 years industry experience in investment consultancy and asset management. Craig is Institutional Distribution Director at Mobius Life and is responsible for driving further growth in institutional client relationships and assets under management.

Eve Keith

pensions manager

Unison

Eve is currently a Pensions Manager at UNISON managing a mid-sized DB scheme. She has worked in the Pensions industry for 21 years, initially in DB administration then moving into a variety of trustee secretariat roles. Eve really enjoys working in the pensions and feels passionately about adequate pension provision, good governance, and for the retention of DB where practicable.

An Associate member of the Pensions Management Institute since 2008 having attained an Advanced Diploma in Retirement Provision and DipEB qualifications.

David Weeks

co-chairman

Association of Member-Nominated Trustees

David Weeks was elected as Co-Chair of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) in 2016. The AMNT has over 700 members, from around 500 pension schemes. Together, these have assets under management of just under £700 billion: nearly one third of the UK total for occupational pension schemes.

He is a director of a defined benefit pension scheme, with a leading PLC in infrastructure services as the sponsoring employer. "Engaged Investor" included him in their "Top 50 people in pensions 2017". He is active in the affairs of the World Pensions Council, for whom he has made presentations to, and acted as rapporteur at, international conferences. Journals that have published contributions from him recently include "Revue Analyse Financiere", "Portfolio Institutional", "Professional Pensions" and "Pensions Expert". He has been a judge for major UK pension awards.

In his previous career, David Weeks has experience of both public and private sectors, and of their respective pensions regimes. Most recently, he served as a consultant or executive in UK Government Departments, including Home Office, Health, Trade and Industry, and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Earlier, he worked in private sector business development and marketing, and in international advertising agencies. David Weeks is a graduate in history of the University of Bristol.
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Fiona Brown

group head of pensions

Thomas Cook Group

Fiona joined Thomas Cook in June 2016, responsible for pension strategy across Europe. Previously she spent 6 years as Head of Pensions and Reward at Electricity North West, one of the electricity utilities. Fiona started her career in pension administration with Sedgwick Noble Lowndes before moving into advisory roles at KPMG and later as a Director at Deloitte. She has previously served for a number of years as a senior examiner with the PMI, where she is a Fellow, and is CIPD qualified. Fiona is now particularly interested in how employers integrate their pension provision into more long term support and financial wellbeing for their employees, and how the pension industry can help employers find the ways and means (and cash) to better support their current and future employees.

Hugh Nolan

senior trustee representative

Dalriada Trustees

Hugh is an experienced consultant on all types of pension schemes, acting as Scheme Actuary, corporate adviser and independent trustee for many household names. Hugh joined Spence/Dalriada in April 2016 having held a variety of senior roles in several major pension consultancies since 1989, including the role of Chief Actuary at JLT. He is the immediate Past President of the SPP, chairs the Defined Contribution Committee of the Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA) and was a signatory to the Code of Good Practice established by the Incentive Exercises Monitoring Board (IEMB).

Kim Gubler

chairwoman of Pasa

trustee of the Crystal Master Trust and director of KGC Associates

Kim set up KGC in 2002, which is now acknowledged as one of the UK's leading independent pension and management consultancies. In the last 30 years Kim has developed a deep knowledge of the pensions industry and its operation. She designed the structured research framework which supports KGC's client services. She also created KGC's annual Administration and Actuarial Surveys which are acknowledged as the only source providing independent views on fees and services.

Whilst her experience covers both DB and DC, Kim is an acknowledged DC specialist. She is a Trustee of the Crystal Master Trust, a Fellow of both the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS). She is Principle Examiner for Professionalism and Governance and on the Examining Board. Kim was appointed Chair of the Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) in January 2019.

Kim is a Business graduate and holds a Diploma in Business Excellence, outside of pensions she enjoys spending time with her ponies.

 

Mark Engelbretson

Head of Pensions, Trustee Director

Network Rail, Railways Pension Scheme

Mark has been in the Pensions Industry for 25 years, 19 of which at a senior level for Companies including, Network Rail, Carnival UK, Mothercare and Alpha Airports Group. In his spare time he runs a Book Reading Blog, watches a lot of sport and spends time with his family.

Mark Smith

pensions manager

Coventry University

Mark is head of pensions at Coventry University Group and is responsible for leading the University's global pensions strategy. Mark is an experienced pensions professional with extensive experience across private and public sector pensions. Mark has supported both DB and DC Trustee Boards. He is an Associate member of the Pensions Management Institute and sits on the regional committee for the Midlands. Mark in his spare time is an advisor at the Pensions Ombudsman and a Trustee Director on the board of a registered charity."

Nadeem Ladha

professional trustee

20-20 Trustees

Nadeem joined 20-20 Trustees in 2018 having worked advisor side for 15 years. Before joining 20-20 Trustees, Nadeem was a senior member of PwC's Midlands pensions practice and prior to that spent 7 years at Hymans Robertson.

Nadeem has worked with both trustee boards and sponsors of pension funds across a number of sectors including financial services, energy, media, telecoms, construction and professional services.

As a professional trustees and a qualified actuary, Nadeem focuses on dealing with complex funding and investment situations as well as corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financial restructures and specialist pensions risk transactions.

Naomi L'Estrange

managing director

20-20 Trustees

Naomi, Managing Director at 20-20 Trustees, is a professional Trustee with experience of all issues affecting pension schemes from proactive engagement, complex investments, asset backed funding, litigation, liability management, wind ups and buyouts.

An Executive Coach, Naomi brings parties together in robust, constructive and effective communication to improve outcomes for members and sponsors.
Naomi studied law at Cambridge, advised Government on the moral hazard powers in the 2004 Act, and was Director of Legal of the PPF.

She is Trustee of the Year (Women in Pensions Awards 2018) and a member of the Actuarial Council of the Financial Reporting Council.

 

Oliver Payne

European pensions manager

Ford Motor Company

European Pensions Manager and Actuary - Ford Motor Company Ltd
Non-Executive Director - Abaka The Intelligent Savings Platform

Oliver has responsibility for all of Ford's pensions and other complex benefits across EMEA covering over 140,000 members across 73 pension plans with over $28bn of liabilities. Oliver is also a Non-Executive Director for Abaka (developing Artificial Intelligence for employee financial wellbeing) he is also the founder of the (ambitiously titled) Re-Inventing Pensions Working Group and was voted Actuary of the Year for 2018.

 

Patrick McCoy

head of investment

XPS Pensions Group

Patrick leads XPS Investment which is part of the XPS Pensions Group. XPS Investment advises over 300 pension funds with assets totalling over £30bn on the full range of investment issues including full and partial fiduciary management. Patrick's clients range from £100m to £5bn. He is known for explaining complex issues clearly and helping clients make effective investment decisions. Previously Patrick was a Partner at KPMG where he built and led the Investment Advisory practice.

Patrick spends time at home with his family or if they don't notice he nips across the road and plays a few holes of golf.

Contact Patrick

www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-mccoy-a6553011a/
Patrick.mccoy@xpsgroup.com

 

Paul McGlone

partner

Aon

Paul is an actuary and Partner in Aon Hewitt 's Retirement business and is President of the Society of PensionProfessionals.. He has over 25 years' experience of advising Trustees and Companies with DB pension plans ranging from £50M to £1Bn. He is a specialist in the development of long term "flight plans" and designing de-risking triggers, and is heavily involved with advising pension schemes on how to deal with cyber risk.

 

 

Peter Flanagan

vice-president of pensions for UK & Ireland

DHL

Peter joined DHL in January 2013 as Vice President, Pensions UK and Ireland. The DHL Group Retirement Plan in the UK has assets of c£6.16bn and c150,000 members.

At DHL Peter has led a move to an integrated funding & investment plan that has significantly reduced the funding deficit by over £700m whilst reducing investment risk by 1/3rd.

Before joining DHL Peter worked as Director of Group Pensions at IMI plc a multi-national engineering company. He set pensions strategy for the Group including a worldwide move away from Defined Benefit provision.

Peter is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.

 

Richard Butcher

PTL

director

Richard Butcher joined PTL in 2008, becoming Managing Director in 2010. He has responsibility for a wide and diverse range of clients with a specific focus on governance in both DB and DC pension schemes.

Richard is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and was, until 2017, on the PMI Council. He is Chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA). Richard is a sought after speaker on the industry circuit and a regular key contributor to the industry press.

Richard won the Pension Insight DC Trustee of the Year award in 2015, was named as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Pensions in 2017 as well as in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012 and as one of the 100 Most Influential People Working in Europe's Capital Markets in 2014 by Financial News, based on his work with large DC trusts. He has been nominated for the "Outstanding Individual Contribution to Pensions" award at the Financial News Awards 2015 and Highly Commended in the 2010 & 2011 Engaged Investor Independent Trustee of the Year Awards.

Richard was also a member of the FCA's Institutional Disclosure Working Group (the "IDWG"), the Investment Association's Independent Advisory Board for transaction costs, The Pensions Regulator DC Practitioner Panel and the DWP Trustee Panel. He was a founder of the Mastertrust Association and co-Founder of The Association of Member Nominated Trustees

Tim Banks

principal

Mercer Global Investments

Tim is responsible for the sales and marketing of Mercer's fiduciary investment solutions for external clients. He joined Mercer from AllianceBernstein where he was responsible for multi-asset solutions for defined contribution, defined benefit and wealth management clients. He has 25 years industry experience, in a variety of senior positions across pensions and investment arena. He has been involved from the outset in a number of new industry initiatives that have delivered positive benefits for clients, and has been a regular industry contributor and speaker. Tim holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.