"What is the true purpose and potential of the pensions industry?"
This very special Transparency Symposium is dedicated to a question of fundamental importance to the pensions industry: what exactly is its purpose and potential?
The idea for the event was wholly inspired by a talk given by David Pitt-Watson, Executive Fellow of the London Business School, at an event run by the St Paul's Institute and Finance Innovation Lab; David delivered a highly impactful and thought-provoking talk that showed so clearly the wisdom of establishing purpose as a bed-rock for thought leadership and policy-making.
The symposium will be particularly interesting to those that hope and believe that the pension capital markets could, and should, become a 'force for good' for our planet and society as a whole; as well as enabling the efficient provision of financial security in old age.
This is a not-to-be-missed event if you are in any way interested in the development of a more progressive and enlightened approach to pensions policy-making and believe that Socially Responsible Investing and Environmental, Social and Governance factors are important.
As Tracy Blackwell, Chief Executive of Pension Insurance Corporation put it so brilliantly recently:
"It's hard to lose your way as an industry if you focus on the why!"
Perhaps it is possible for the pensions industry to formulate an over-arching vision statement articulating what it aspires for its purpose to be?
Could such a vision statement help to guide and steer pensions policy?
Maybe it would to create a sense of collective purpose amongst pension professionals?
We are hopeful that this event will help to galvanise support for the idea that the pensions industry could become a key driver for improvements on many fronts that are of such grave concern to so many. This conference will be used to share insights on this most-vital of all topics and if all goes to plan delegates will have the chance help build consensus on how the pensions and investments industries accept their responsibilities moving forward.
There will be fantastic presentations and panel sessions - here's the programme:
9:00 - Registration, networking & refreshments
10:00 - Welcome & opening remarks, Jeremy Apfel, Head of Corporate Affairs, Pension Insurance Corporation
10:10 - Setting the scene, Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, TTF
10:20 - David Pitt-Watson, Executive Fellow, The London Business School
11:00 - Tracy Blackwell, Chief Executive, Pension Insurance Corporation
11:30 - Catherine Howarth, Chief Executive, ShareAction
12:00 - Presentation of the Transparency Trophy - who'll be winning it?
12:10 - Networking & lunch
13:00 - Tony Greenham, Director of Economy, Enterprise & Manufacturing, the RSA
13:30 - Nico Aspinall, Chair, Resource and Environment Board, Institute & Faculty of Actuaries
14:00 - To be advised
15:00 - Networking & refreshments
15:30 - Leon Kamhi, Executive Director: Head of Responsibility at Hermes Investment Management
16:00 - Panel Session: "What's the true purpose & potential of the pensions industry?" - with ample scope for audience participation
- Hugh Wheelan, Managing Editor, Responsible Investor Magazine
- Steve Conley, Managing Director, Workplace Pensions Direct
- Henry Tapper, Founder, the Pension PlayPen
- John Hunter, Chairman, UK Shareholders Association
- Nicholas Morris, Visiting Fellow at the Martin School, Oxford; Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law, New South Wales
16:50 - Key conclusions, wrap-up & close, Andy Agathangelou, Founding Chair, TTF
17:00 - Networking & complimentary drinks
19:00 - Close
I urge you to book yourself onto the event swiftly; places are limited and demand for them is expected to be very high - our last Symposium was oversubscribed and several individuals that wanted a place couldn't have one because they left it too late.
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Enormous thanks to Pension Insurance Corporation for hosting the entire event; without their support the conference would not be possible.
You can access a very worthwhile paper on the topic of 'Purpose of Finance' written by David Pitt-Watson and Dr. Hari Mann and produced by Pension Insurance Corporation here:
Please note: If the ticket price of £150 is genuinely beyond your budget please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll look to sort something out for you if you're not too late - we don't want cost to prevent people genuinely engaged with the subject matter from being able to participate - but please be quick as we only have a limited number of reduced price tickets available.
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