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FT Digital Dialogues: Pensions Funding Storm

Finding the best route through

Webinar |
Speakers include:
Judith Fish

Judith Fish

Dalriada Trustees

David Fairs

David Fairs

The Pensions Regulator

Steve  Webb

Steve Webb

Lane Clark & Peacock

Overview

Coronavirus poses significant risks and challenges to the pension sector. 

The financial disruption caused by COVID-19 has caused painful shocks for employers and scheme finances and a further prolonged period of uncertainty seems likely. Schemes, more typically focussed on long term planning, must now adapt to an unanticipated crisis.

This webinar looks at the emergency measures introduced by The Pensions Regulator to ease COVID-19 pressures and explores whether they are helping the industry to navigate a path through choppy waters.

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Speakers (3)

Judith Fish

Judith Fish

Professional Trustee
Dalriada Trustees

Judith Fish

Judith is a qualified actuary with over 20 years post qualification experience

She is a Professional Trustee at Dalriada Trustees, based in the London office, who works on a range of different schemes. She believes that good governance and collaborative working results in good outcomes for all stakeholders.

Judith joined Dalriada Trustees in July 2019 having previously worked in house on a multi-billion pound pension scheme. Prior to this, she worked at a number of large consultancies acting as both a Scheme Actuary and corporate adviser, advising on triennial valuations, scheme design, corporate transactions, buy-ins, member option exercises as well as looking at defined contribution schemes and, in particular, working on a project to implement a replacement defined contribution offering for a large company. She has also acted as the chair of trustees for a scheme with an overseas sponsor, navigating the additional difficulties this brings.

David Fairs

David Fairs

Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice
The Pensions Regulator

David was appointed Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice in July 2018. He is responsible for development of policy for TPR and has oversight of TPR’s professional advisers including lawyers, actuaries, investment advisers and business analysts. David is a former Chairman of the Association of Consulting Actuaries and Director of the Association of Consulting Actuaries Limited, a former Council member of the International Actuarial Association, and inaugural Chairman of the Joint Industry Forum for Workplace Pensions. He was also a Council member of the Society of Pension Consultants and is immediate past Chairman of the Actuaries Club.

David was a Senior Partner in the Pensions practice at KPMG where he advised on the design, implementation, management and communication of pensions and employee benefit arrangements. Immediately prior to joining TPR, David developed and lead the Trustee Board Effectiveness service provided by KPMG and in collaboration with the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. He has previously worked with DWP and HM Treasury on pensions and pension taxation policy.

Steve  Webb

Steve Webb

Partner
Lane Clark & Peacock

Steve Webb is a partner at Lane Clark & Peacock. He was the Minister of State for Pensions between 2010 and 2015, the longest-serving holder of the post.   During that time he implemented major reforms to the state pension system, oversaw the successful introduction of automatic enrolment and played a key role in the new pension freedoms implemented in April 2015.

Steve was a Liberal Democrat MP from 1997 to 2015.  Before this he was professor of social policy at Bath University for two years, having previously worked for nine years as an economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  Steve graduated with a first class honours degree in PPE from Oxford University in 1986. He received a knighthood in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for political and public service.

Moderated by (1)

Josephine   Cumbo

Josephine Cumbo

Pensions Correspondent
Financial Times

Josephine Cumbo is an award winning financial journalist who has covered company news, business and personal finance during her FT career.  She specialises in writing about pensions but also covers savings, investments, tax and other issues of interest to high-net worth individuals.
She has extensive broadcast experience and has discussed pension policy on popular programmes including the BBC's Newsnight, Radio 4's Woman's Hour, Moneybox, BBC 5 Live and Sky News, and has spoken at numerous political party conferences.

Key Talking Points

  • How are pension schemes adapting to the crisis? What are the main issues and risks to emerge?
  • How schemes, trustees and employers are responding to TPR’s new emergency COVID-19 flexibilities?
  • How have automatic enrolment contributions been affected by COVID-19 disruption?
  • Likely focus for the 2020 Annual Funding Statement and what further guidance we may expect from TPR in coming months.
  • What lies ahead for the DB funding code consultation? How might it evolve in response to the current economic crisis?
  • How will the regulator strike the right balance in an ongoing challenging environment for business and scheme members? Could we see more concessions?
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Agenda - 1st May

  • 2:45pm
    Access to webinar opens
  • 3:00pm
    Pensions Funding Storm - Discussion begins

    Speakers:

    David Fairs, Executive Director of Regulatory Policy, Analysis and Advice, The Pensions Regulator

    Judith Fish, Professional Trustee, Dalriada Trustees

    Steve Webb, Partner, Lane Clark & Peacock

    Moderator: Josephine Cumbo, Pensions Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
    Q&A
  • 3:50pm
    Discussion closes

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