Westminster Employment Forum

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

Tuesday, 12th September 2017

Central London


Delegates at this conference will consider the challenges ahead for policymakers in light of the ageing population and the independent review of the State Pension Age (SPA), including potential moves to a variable or tailored SPA, or a possible increase in line with increasing life expectancy.

Sessions will consider the key challenges that a reformed SPA might mean for the pensions sector in responding to changing patterns of retirement, including the need to encourage increased pension contributions and supporting those groups who rely most on the state pension.

Further discussion will consider steps that can be taken to help extend and improve working lives for older employees and questions of intergenerational fairness arising from SPA reform.

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

Sofia Stayte

Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review, DWP

Guest of Honour

Sofia Stayte

Head of the Independent State Pension Age Review, DWP

Keynote Speaker

Anna Dixon

Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better


Andrew Latto

Deputy Director, Ageing Society and State Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions

Ben Franklin

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

Gregg McClymont

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

Tim Sharp

Pensions Policy Officer, TUC

Dr Joanne Crawford

Head of Ergonomics and Human Factors, Institute of Occupational Medicine

Christopher Brooks

Senior Policy Manager, Consumer and Community, Age UK