Session preview: Make sure your expertise and learning are right up to date when it comes to delivering the best for your scheme at the Manchester Trustee Forum

Outstanding governance is the cornerstone of pension scheme trustee best practice.

At Engaged Investor’s Manchester Trustee Forum on 9 November 2015 at Bridgwater Hall, Manchester, trustees will have the opportunity to make sure their expertise and learning are right up to date when it comes to delivering the best for their scheme. Just some of the governance-related highlights of the event include:

Ben Gaukrodger, manager savings policy at the Association of British Insurers (ABI) will deliver our morning keynote, outlining the ABI’s views on how the pensions and savings landscape will evolve over the next few years – and what that will mean for both members and trustees.

While the UK may be awash with regulatory change around pensions, there is also the European view to consider.

Our keynote panel at the Manchester Trustee Forum will identify some of the key issues likely to emerge from Brussels, when we can expect them to happen and what they will mean for trustee boards. Our panellists include Ele Lovering, partner at lawyers Eversheds, Adrian Kennett, director at Dalriada Trustees and Jerry Moriaty, chair of PensionEurope DC standing committee, as well as the chief executive of the Irish Association of Pension Funds.

Fiduciary management is a growing trend amongst pension schemes – but appointing a fiduciary manager is just the starting point. Monitoring that relationship means putting in place key criteria to help measure performance and create transparency, ultimately ensuring that schemes meet their overall goal of improving the pension scheme funding ratio, without introducing excessive risk. Kerrin Rosenberg, CEO of Cardano will show trustees at the Forum how to make sure their fiduciary manager is delivering to plan.

Like the wider pensions landscape, the field of employer covenant assessment is changing fast. Matthew Harrison, managing director of Lincoln Pensions, will explore recent developments in thinking around employer covenant assessment and integrating this analysis with other scheme risk dynamics. We will also look at how, in many cases, we see the employer covenant being asked to ‘take the strain’ by shouldering disproportionate scheme risk.

Engaged Investor’s Manchester Trustee Forum is free to attend for all pension fund trustees. Click here to register to attend.