Westminster Business Forum

The future for UK pension funds - regulation, consolidation and the impact of Brexit

Morning, Thursday, 25th January 2018

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR


This seminar will focus on the future for the UK pensions fund market.

It is timed as Government develops a response to its recent Green Paper on defined benefit (DB) pension schemes in the private sector, and will bring out latest thinking on what more can be done to develop security and sustainability in their management - looking at key issues around optimal investment, employer affordability, member protection and the consolidation of schemes.

As Government consults on ways in which it can simplify the bulk transfer of defined contribution (DC) pensions without member consent, delegates will also consider the future for pension fund consolidation - particularly in terms of what can be done to reduce burdens on schemes, and the opportunities that reforms might present for driving scale and efficiency in the DC market.

Further sessions will assess the investment outlook for the pension fund market, with perspectives on how fund managers can mitigate the effects of quantitative easing and the low interest environment, latest developments in divestment movements and their implications for the market and consumers, as well as the long term impact of Brexit. 

This conference is expected to bring together Members of both Houses of Parliament and senior officials from central government departments, as well as representatives from pension scheme providers, investment managers, financial advisors, employers, trade unions and consumer groups, alongside academics and reporters from the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Lesley Titcomb

Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator

Guest of Honour

Lesley Titcomb

Chief Executive, The Pensions Regulator

Keynote Speaker

Graham Vidler

Director, External Affairs, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association


Baroness Drake


Claire Altman

Head of Financial Services, Smart Pension

Professor Andrew Clare

Professor of Asset Management, Cass Business School

Rosalind Connor

Partner, ARC Pensions Law

Charles Cowling

Director, JLT Employee Benefits

Bruce Porteous

Investment Solutions Director, Aberdeen Standard Investments

Professor Paul Sweeting

Head of Actuarial Science, University of Kent

Nick Griggs

Partner and Head of Corporate Consulting, Barnett Waddingham

Judith Hogarth

Pension Policy Advisor, EEF

Terry Pullinger

Deputy General Secretary (Postal), Communication Workers Union