The Future of Learning: EdTech’s Impact
23 Jun 2021
Academia is expected to go through seismic changes over the next decade as the portability of credentials explodes and EdTech touches every aspect of learning. Will universities be overtaken by brands like BYJU (India), Yuanfudao (China) and VIPKid (China)? Or will the likes...
SPEAKER(S): Roy Hart, Chief Information Officer, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) | Susana Jurado Apruzzese, Head of Open Innovation with Academia, Telefonica | Chris Robinson, Director of Information Systems and Digital Services, Manchester Metropolitan University
CHAIR: Shuvo Saha, Director, EMEA Customer Programmes, Google
Know your Audience: The changing consumer landscape
24 Jun 2021
Throughout COVID-19 organisations have responded in various different ways to ensure they can to operate and deliver services to their customers. Despite the necessity of these changes, businesses have seen their customers’ requirements develop and...
SPEAKER(S): Jim Needell, Chief Client Officer, Ipsos MORI
CHAIR: Juliet Slot, NED, British Olympic Association
PensionChair Remuneration Survey Launch 2021
29 Jun 2021
Our annual remuneration survey of Pension Fund Chairs and Trustees is designed to help you benchmark your scheme. At the survey launch, we will be sharing the main findings and any trends as well as insights into the current priorities and challenges facing schemes including how trustee boards are addressing diversity and inclusion.
SPEAKER(S): Danny Wilding, Partner, Barnett Waddingham | Sonia Kataora, Partner and Head of DC Investment, Barnett Waddingham | John Madden, Research Director, Winmark
CHAIR: Jane Allen, Professional Trustee, the Economist Scheme
Financial Transaction Transfer Pricing & the Impact of New Guidelines
30 Jun 2021
With the help of TDN’s Technical Partners FTI Consulting, the meeting will examine the technical and management issues that arise following the OCED’s final Transfer Pricing Guidelines on Financial Transactions (TPG-FT) published in February 2020. This meeting builds on a...
CHAIR: Paul Pritchard, Managing Director, European Tax Advisory, FTI Consulting | Chris Liu, Managing Director, FTI Consulting
BLA Masterclass: Building a Culture that supports Diversity of Thought
02 Jul 2021
As highlighted by recent events, 'group think' can lead to missed opportunity, and sometimes catastrophic failure. Organisations are not immune to this and a lack of diversity of thought at the top and a 'company way' of doing things often stifles innovation.
Some organisations have found that...
TRAINER(S): Helen May, Associate, Sheridan Resolutions
Keeping Sustainability a Leadership Priority
06 Jul 2021
The session is designed to help CSO’s ensure that Boards, CEOs and C-Suite Executives keep sustainability high on their agenda. Whether making economic choices in favour of sustainability over profitability or setting meaningful targets, the Board need to get...
SPEAKER(S): Susan Hooper, Non-Executive Director, Uber | Christopher Reeves, Director - ESG, John Laing Group plc
CHAIR: Richard Nugee, Climate Change and Sustainability Strategy Lead, Ministry of Defence
Intentional Integrity with Rob Chesnut, former GC, Airbnb
07 Jul 2021
Former General Counsel of Airbnb, Robert Chesnut is convinced that companies that do not think seriously about– integrity – a crucial element of corporate culture, are destined to fail. This thought-provoking, interactive experience will..
SPEAKER(S): Rob Chesnut, Former Chief Ethics Officer & General Counsel, Airbnb
CHAIR: Vincent Pringiers, General Counsel, Maxion Wheels
Administration and the 3 D’s: Data, Digitalisation & Dashboards
08 Jul 2021
In this session, we will explore 3 key areas that are evolving the administration market and how important it will be for Trustees to understand their benefits to the pension scheme. We will look at how data is changing the way we manage the membership, why innovation is playing a key role for administrators in the new world of...
SPEAKER(S): Kevin Allwork, Head of Projects, XPS Administration | John Doherty, Senior Process and Technical Analyst, Administration Services Group, XPS Administration | Neil Bradford, Head of Client Management, XPS Administration
Navigating complexity and Speed of Change
09 Jul 2021
This meeting will consider a number of ‘megatrends’, such as future of the built environment, digitalisation and ESG, and examine how in-house Finance functions can navigate the complexity and rapid speed of change. How should CFOs identify priorities? What are the implications for capital allocation and cash flow?
SPEAKER(S): Nick Brown, Finance Director, M&G Real Estate
Values, purpose and ESG in B2B marketing
13 Jul 2021
It is often said that consumers buy based on emotion and business buyers make decisions based on logic. But how true is this? Some studies suggest otherwise. Google, Gartner and Motista found that B2B buyers are more...
SPEAKER(S): Leeya Hendricks, Chief Marketing Officer, Delta Capita
CHAIR: James Kelliher, CEO, Whiteoaks International
Next-generation boards and board apprentices
13 Jul 2021
Today's leaders are increasingly recognising that they have to think very differently in terms of leadership as a mindset and about future leadership. We will be in conversation with both the founder and a member of, a pioneering next-generation board. Rebecca Robins, Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer at Interbrand, will share...
SPEAKER(S): Rebecca Robins, Global Chief Learning and Culture Officer, Interbrand | Margherita Cortesi, Consultant, Strategy, Interbrand
CHAIR: Patrick Dunne, Chair EY Foundation, Author of "Boards"
Building a Data Business
14 Jul 2021
Cameron Ireland was CEO of BoardEx, one of the most successful business units in FTSE250 Euromoney PLC. He has significant experience in building data businesses and will talk members through the issues around data collection, such as...
SPEAKER(S): Cameron Ireland, CEO, BoardEx
Winmark discussion group: implementing hybrid working models
15 Jul 2021
Most organisations are now finalising their plans for a gradual but permanent return to the workplace. As most employers have committed to support continued remote working, organisations are now grappling with what their ‘hybrid’ working models will...
*This meeting is reserved to members only*
Tax and penguins: adventures of a Tax Director in the South Atlantic
15 Jul 2021
Opportunities for Tax Directors can take them to the other side of the world. In this lunchtime talk, Esther Green will tell us how she swapped Birmingham for the South Atlantic when she took a role as Head of Tax for the Falkland Islands. Esther will discuss the personal and...
SPEAKER(S): Esther Green, Former Head of Tax, Falkland Islands Government
Grenfell Tower: 4 Years On
20 Jul 2021
Following the tragic incident at Grenfell Tower, we must learn, reflect, and do everything in our power to make sure this never happens again. This session will recap on the current position in relation to various current inquiries, advise members on what they should be doing to...
SPEAKER(S): Dame Judith Hackitt, Chair, Industry Safety Group | Tim Galloway, Deputy Director Building Safety Programme, Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
CHAIR: Elizabeth Froude, CEO, Platform Housing Group
Powering Business Model Transformation
27 Jul 2021
This session will start by looking at the megatrends and key influences, such as data and the digital giants. Joe Locandro, Chief Digital & Business Transformation Officer, AEMO, who has worked as a CIO in the media, airlines and utility industries will then go on to look at...
SPEAKER(S): Joe Locandro, Chief Digital & Business Transformation Officer, Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) | Andre Blumberg, Senior Director - Information Technology, CLP Group (China Light and Power)
CHAIR: Peter Smith, Managing Partner & CTO, CIO Connect
Trustee Board Effectiveness: Discretionary decision-making
07 Sep 2021
Trustee board effectiveness has become an integral part of helping to improve the governance and performance of pension schemes. Trustees ultimate duty is deliver and fulfil member benefits, and in between the collaboration between the Trustee Board, advisers & sponsor is paramount to success. This workshop will help members to identify the challenges in their...
SPEAKER(S): James Bingham, Partner, Sackers
Designing a Tax Control Framework to fit your operating model
14 Sep 2021
An effective Tax Control Framework will be aligned to the tax function operating model and each of the businesses it supports. In many countries it will be the tax authorities’ starting point in risk-based audits, so should not just sit on the shelf. When developing a TCF, what are the...
SPEAKER(S): Adam Eagers, Group Tax Director (Europe), AS Watson
CEO Insights with Neil Heslop OBE
15 Sep 2021
In this annual session, we hear from current & former CEOs on their experiences of leading organisations from the very top. Speakers have shared insight into what they wish they would have known before taking the job, what they would do differently if they start over, the main challenges they have faced and how they overcome...
SPEAKER(S): Neil Heslop OBE, CEO, Charities Aid Foundation
Stakeholders vs Shareholders: aligning interests and the role of the board
16 Sep 2021
Shareholder-value thinking still dominates the business world. But in today’s purpose-driven, complex, and fast-changing world, a culture of driving shareholder value alone is becoming ineffective, and increasingly there is an expectation that businesses will take into...
SPEAKER(S): Celia Pronto, Non-Executive Director, South East Water | Dr. Roger Barker, Director of Policy and Corporate Governance, Institute of Directors (IoD)
The CLO role in achieving net-zero
21 Sep 2021
ESG issues, particularly around climate action and Net Zero are gaining huge traction in businesses and society. This is both due to the environmental imperative and because inaction from companies on climate change now poses substantial enterprise and business continuity risks including...
CHAIR: Adam Woodhall, Executive Director, Lawyers for net-zero
The Retrofit Revolution
22 Sep 2021
What is the challenge to retrofitting?
With the 2050 net-zero target set and approaching, the new building safety changes and regulations coming our way, it's fair to say, there are lots to start "unveiling". Undoubtedly, there is an...
SPEAKER(S): Joanne Wheeler, Senior Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) | Ronan Leyden, Head of Sustainable Places, BioRegional
Investment & Funding triggers and integrated risk on the path to the end-game
23 Sep 2021
In this session we will discuss how Trustee Board must be aware and focus on the investment and funding triggers on the path to the end-game. We will look at practical examples of where Trustees can help improve the collaboration between their advisers and members will also explore...
SPEAKER(S): Nick Lewis, Director, Investment Consulting, Redington
BLA Masterclass: One Day MBA
24 Sep 2021
A full-day Masterclass that introduces the key concepts and tools covered in a full MBA and puts them in the context of real-world business challenges. Utilising practical exercises and thought leadership, the course is designed to expand your knowledge and challenge your view of your own...
TRAINER(S): John Jeffcock, CEO, Winmark
Effective optimisation of the workforce: Tech enablers for your people & clients
07 Oct 2021
Changes in the way we work and developing new skills throughout the workforce is integral to the future success of organisations as organisations evolve their internal capability. In this session we will explore how technology is enabling businesses to better optimise the way they work, bringing their...
Funding Code: implications for covenant developments & scheme journey planning
21 Oct 2021
We will assess how the awaited funding code will establish a whole layer of focus for pension schemes in how they map out their sponsor covenant to ensure the funding levels & journey plan align. We will discuss look at how this will impact both from a sponsor & scheme perspective as well exploring...
SPEAKER(S): Paul Jameson, Managing Partner & CEO, Penfida
CHAIR: Fraser Smart, CEO, British Airways Pension Services Limited
Developments in longevity risk & what this means for scheme journey planning
11 Nov 2021
In this session we will look back to the 2020 pandemic and how it has created a knock-on effect to mortality rates and longevity risk for pension schemes. We will explore how longevity risk plays a key part in journey planning and end-game process and what insurers will be looking at around longevity when discussing options with schemes.
SPEAKER(S): Roisin O' Shea, Business Development, Rothesay Life
CHAIR: Ruston Smith, Chair of Trustees, Tesco Pension Investment
Measures that Matter
17 Nov 2021
In this session we will explore how KPI's are becoming instrumental in helping organisations can approach and respond to radical uncertainty & black swan disrupters. We will also hear from organisations on how they have...
SPEAKER(S): Jay Bhattacherjee, Founder, Blixtra
The Trustee Board role in managing scheme risk effectively
25 Nov 2021
Understanding the risks posed to pension schemes and how to plan, mitigate & respond effectively is a role that has often been overlooked by Trustee Boards due to more obvious or time-consuming concerns. In this session we will explore the requirements of Trustees around risk, what is expected and what they should know. We will also discuss various methods & principles that can be used...
SPEAKER(S): Gary Grewal, Partner, RSM UK Management Limited | Ian Bell, Head of Pensions, RSM UK Management Limited
Letting your people lead you
01 Dec 2021
What can we learn from our people? What has COVID demonstrated to CEO’s and business leaders about the importance of trust? In this session we will explore the importance of identifying our peoples core skills to put them to optimum use with the objective of improving the wider performance of the business. Perhaps more than ever, organisations relied on...
End of the Year Drinks: Date with the Regulator of Social Housing
02 Dec 2021
Please join us at the Affordable Housing Network at our end of year reception. This will be a chance to get together and network with colleagues and hear insights from a keynote speaker.
SPEAKER(S): Jonathan Walters, Deputy Chief Executive, Regulator of Social Housing
CHAIR: Elizabeth Froude, Group Chief Executive, Platform Housing Group