Westminster Business Forum

The future of pensions auto-enrolment policy - engagement, coverage and contribution levels

Morning, Tuesday, 20th March 2018

Central London


This seminar will focus on the future for automatic enrolment (AE) in workplace pensions.

It is timed to consider priorities for the expansion of AE following Government’s review in this area - which is due for publication later this year, and will assess the current performance of such schemes, and options for widening coverage and increasing engagement. Delegates will discuss the challenges for including as many savers as possible in these schemes, looking in particular at self-employed workers, and those with multiple sources of income below the threshold.

With research indicating that savers paying into defined contribution schemes are under-saving by an average of £1400 a year, additional discussion will assess the challenges for closing this retirement-savings gap. Those attending will examine how regulators, employers and consumer groups can strengthen peoples’ awareness and engagement with their savings, as well as the options for increasing the minimum contribution rates, and the potential implications of a rate rise for savers and employers.

This seminar will bring together policymakers and regulators with a range of representatives from across the industry - including pension providers, payroll administrators, accountants, financial advisors and consultants - alongside employers, unions, academics and reporting press.

Guest of Honour

Jackie Oatway

Automatic Enrolment Programme Director, Department for Work and Pensions

Guest of Honour

Jackie Oatway

Automatic Enrolment Programme Director, Department for Work and Pensions

Keynote Speakers

Ruston Smith

Trustee Director, The People’s Pension and Chair Lead for Coverage, Government Review of Automatic Enrolment

Jamie Jenkins

Head of Pensions Strategy, Standard Life and Chair Lead for Engagement, Government Review of Automatic Enrolment

Darren Ryder

Director of Automatic Enrolment, The Pensions Regulator

Chris Curry

Director, Pensions Policy Institute and Chair Lead for Contributions, Government Review of Automatic Enrolment


Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope

former Chair, Work and Pensions Committee


Dr Yvonne Braun

Director of Policy, Long-Term Savings and Protection, Association of British Insurers

Melinda Riley

Head of Policy, Technical and Advocacy, The Pensions Advisory Service

Helen Hargreaves

Associate Director of Policy & Membership, Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals

Kate Smith

Head of Pensions, Aegon UK

Michael Mealing

Chairman, Employment Policy Unit, Federation of Small Businesses

David Brooks

Technical Director, Broadstone