PLSA boosts diversity agenda with six NextGen speakers for its upcoming conference

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) annual conference is soon approaching, with an array of young talent speaking about topical pensions issues from 16 to 18 October in Manchester Central.

This year – more than ever - the PLSA has made a conscious effort to ask people to put forward diverse speakers. For the first time ever, the trade body is actively encouraging speakers to fill out diversity forms so it can monitor speakers across a variety of protected characteristics and continue to boost diversity more broadly than just gender.

Last year saw the first ever panel made up of NextGen members which highlighted the importance of encouraging the pensions industry to appoint younger pools of talent, particularly to trustee boards.

This year, more committee members will be getting involved and voicing their views in various sessions across the three days.

Who will be speaking from NextGen?

NextGen chairman and Smart Pension head of proposition development Michael Watkins will be speaking on the Supporting Savers’ Retirement Plans panel session on 17 October, at 9:00 am – 09:55 am.

PLSA policy lead: investment and stewardship Caroline Escott will be speaking on various sessions including: Investing in Lifetime Mortgages, which she is chairing. That session will take place on 16 October, from 16:30-17:30.  

She is also chairing the Planning for Investing’s ‘New Normal’ session on 17 October from 10:05 – 10:50, and the DC Investment in Illiquid Assets session, which will take place on 17 October from 11:35-12:20.

Caroline will also be at #OPENPLSA at the PLSA stand, where you can meet her and the rest of the policy team.

LCP head of DC Laura Myers will be chairing The Power of Pensions session on 16 October, from 15:10 – 15:40.

HSBC global head of pensions and client strategy Alison Hatcher will be chairing a session on diversity and inclusion on 17 October from 17:45 – 18:15.

Young Money Blog and Agency founder Iona Bain will be on the Pension Time panel debate on 18 October at 09:15 – 10:10.

PLSA head of DB, LGPS and standards Joe Dabrowski will be answering questions at two #OPENPLSA sessions on the PLSA stand on 16 October from 12:30- 13:10.

He is also chairing the ESG Stewardship Guidance for Pension Fund Trustees on 16 October from 14:25 -15:10, and speaking on the Cost Transparency Initiative session on 17 October from 14:30 – 15:10.

Joe will also be chairing the Getting Inside the DB Funding Regime session on 18 October from 10:10 – 11:00.

Arc Pensions Law partner Anna Copestake will be chairing the Future of DB Investing session on 17 October at 11:35 – 12:20.

See the full programme.