Book places

09:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:35

Chair's welcome and introduction

Lesley Williams, Chair, PLSA

09:35 - 10:20

Diverse people, better outcomes – why the pensions industry needs to look more like the people it serves:

Leading pensions industry figures discuss the PLSA’s ‘breaking the mirror image’ campaign and the benefits of a diverse board with an open minded and challenging culture.

Hazel McNeilage, Managing Director, Asset Management, EMEA, Northern Trust
Ranila Ravi-Burslem, Director of Marketing, NEST

10:20 - 11:05

Diversity outreach – how to encourage people from outside the typical demographics to get involved with pension fund trusteeship

Diverse boards make better decisions. How can pension funds engage potential trustees from beyond the typical demographics?

Janice Turner, Co-Chair, Association of Member Nominated Trustees
Brendan McCarron, Speaker and Management Consultant

11:05 - 11:30

Refreshment break

11:30 - 12:00

Why the way we talk about the role of the trustee matters

Language tips on how to attract a more diverse range of good candidates.

Mark Scantlebury, Co-Founder, Quietroom
Jess Jones, Writer, Quietroom

12:00 - 12:30

The road to 30 per cent – lessons from corporate governance

 The issue of diversity on corporate boards has become increasingly prominent in recent years. A leading advocate for boardroom diversity discusses the journey and the lessons for pension funds.

12:30 - 13:00

Changing practice, changing policy?

Pension funds can act to improve the culture and diversity of their board now, but what could policymakers do to accelerate the pace of change? Panelists from across the industry discuss ideas for policy and regulatory changes to ensure that trustee positions are filled by the right people.

Chris Hogg, Chief Executive Officer, Royal Mail Pension Fund
Lesley Alexander, Managing Director of Employee Communications, Ferrier Pearce

13:00 - 13:05

Chair's closing remarks

Lesley Williams, Chair, PLSA

13:05 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

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