Westminster Employment Forum

Addressing an ageing population and work - implementing the Fuller Working Lives strategy and reforming the State Pension

Morning, Thursday, 2nd November 2017

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Delegates at this conference will consider the challenges ahead for policymakers in light of the ageing population and the independent review by John Cridland of the State Pension Age (SPA), which recommended increasing the SPA in line with life expectancy.

Sessions will consider how a reformed SPA might affect different social and age groups as they prepare for retirement, and the challenges for ensuring that all retirees have sufficient income to support them.

Following the recent publication of the Fuller Working Lives Strategy, further discussion will consider steps that can be taken to help extend and improve working lives for older employees - including improving health and well-being, changing recruitment practices, supporting those with caring responsibilities and Cridland’s call for a ‘Mid-life MOT’ for workers to plan the rest of the careers.

The conference will bring together policymakers with key stakeholders including pensions and retirement providers, representatives of employers and trade unions, older people’s groups, HR professionals, lawyers, academics, and members of the national and trade press.

Guest of Honour

Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better

Guest of Honour

Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better


Baroness Greengross

President and Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre UK

Baroness Jolly


Sandra Kelly

Head of Education, Whitbread

Gregg McClymont

Head of Retirement Savings, Aberdeen Asset Management and former Shadow Minister for Pensions

Dr Joanne Crawford

Head of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Professor David Grayson

Professor of Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management and Chairman, Carers UK

Tim Sharp

Pensions Policy Officer, TUC

Christopher Brooks

Senior Policy Manager, Consumer and Community, Age UK

Dr Iain Clacher

Associate Professor in Accounting and Finance, Leeds University Business School

Ben Franklin

Head of Economics of an Ageing Society, International Longevity Centre UK