AIMSE Europe Annual Conference

AIMSE Europe Annual Conference

6th November| Grange St Paul’s, London

Grange St Paul’s Hotel
10 Godliman Street

Timings: 9.00am – 8.30pm

This full-day conference aims to help business development and relationship managers overcome their working challenges and tackle of-the-moment issues in this ever changing landscape. We are going beyond the traditional DB and DC pensions to look at some of the big picture stuff that is shaping our industry’s future. The theme of the conference is ‘Transformational Change’ and how we can meet the various challenges that are coming our way. The conference will be highly interactive and will deliver strong messages to support your sales and marketing strategy. We will provide you with highly relevant topics presented by leading asset owners, consultants and industry speakers:


09.00 – 09.30 – Registration and refreshments

09.30 – 09.50 – Welcome and introduction
Ashley Manning-Brown, AIMSE Europe Board Member & Consultant Relations Director, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
James Lindsay, AIMSE Europe Annual Conference Chair & Director – UK & Ireland, MFS Investment Management

09.50 – 10.35 – The power of platforms
Discussion on the impact that platforms such as AMX, Aon Vision and Mobius are having on the industry.
Chair: Simon Males, AIMSE Europe Council
Co-chair: Craig Brown, Institutional Distribution Director, Mobius Life
Speaker: Sonia Gogna, Principal, Aon Hewitt

10.35 – 11.20 – Pooling/asset consolidation
What is the impact that mass consolidation will have on our industry? The UK has 6,000 DB plans. Is that too many? Is it too inefficient? Is Corporate DB set to embark on a similar journey to LGPS? What have been the key challenges of LGPS pooling? This session explores the potential for mass consolidation spanning UK Corporate and Public sectors and what this means for investment managers.
Chair: James Lindsay, AIMSE Europe Annual Conference Chair & Director – UK & Ireland, MFS Investment Management
Speakers: Ashok Gupta, Chair, DB PLSA Taskforce
Susan Martin, Chief Executive, Local Pensions Partnership

11.20 – 11.50 – Networking break

11.50 – 12.35 – ETF-ization and the incredible shrinking universe of stocks
There has been a sharp fall in the number of listed stocks in the US – roughly 50% over the last 10 years. At the same time, the number of ETFs has outnumbered the number of stocks. This session explores the impact of both of these mega trends.

Chair: Rob Bee, Head of UK Distribution, Affiliated Managers Group
Speakers: James Price, Senior Investment Consultant, Manager Research, Willis Towers Watson
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner, ETFGI

12.35 – 13.45 – Networking lunch kindly sponsored by Style Research

13.45 – 14.30 – Is stock picking dead?
Is factor based investing replacing the stock pickers? Is this cyclical or here to stay? What are the broad trends we are seeing in the market? Is it a case of today’s alpha is tomorrow’s beta?

Chair: Phil Triggs, Strategic Finance Manager (Pension Fund and Treasury), Surrey County Council
Speaker: John Raisin, Independent Advisor Barking & Dagenham, Haringey and Waltham Forest LGPS Funds

14.30 – 15.15 – What can the industry do to restore trust?
In this session we will discuss the broad implications of how low levels of trust is impacting our industry, as well as highlight some of the steps that asset management and investment consulting can take to improve trust and finally, what lessons might we learn from other industries.

Chair: Ben Piggott, DC Plan Secretary, Royal Mail
Speakers: Mitesh Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Redington Ltd.
Tony Filbin, Chairman, Capital Cranfield
Andrew Wilde, Senior Director, Edelman

15.15 – 15.45 – Networking break

15.45 – 16.15 – The asset owners dilemma – two DB trends having a big impact
Chair: James Lindsay, AIMSE Europe Annual Conference Chair & Director – UK & Ireland, MFS Investment Management
Speakers: Ian McKnight, Chief Investment Officer, Royal Mail Pension Trustees Limited
Ian McKinlay, Chief Investment Officer, Lloyds Banking Group, Pensions Investments

16.15 – 17.00 – Keynote speaker – Maxine de Brunner QPM
Serving as one of the Metropolitan Police Service’s most senior officers, Maxine de Brunner rose through the ranks of one of the most highly pressured working environments that exists, and in doing so was awarded the QPM for her services to policing.
An experienced advisor on transformational change, Maxine has led one of the most historically significant change programmes to the structure and delivery of the policing service across London; driving forward enhanced working practices through augmented technologies, reduction of management and bureaucracy and improved budget management.
Her insight will be valuable to many experiencing considerable change in the asset management industry.

17.00 – 18.00 – Hot tabling

18.00 – Networking drinks reception

20.00 – Conference concludes

Register for this Event

Registration is open to both members and non-members. The cost of the first delegate from a member firm is £500 + VAT, additional member delegates are £400 + VAT and for non-member delegates the cost is £1000 + VAT.

We do hope you will be able to attend what we promise to be an interesting and informative conference and superb networking opportunity.

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