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CONFERENCE CHAIR: Julian Marr

Editor

Professional Adviser

Julian is editor of Professional Adviser, Incisive Media's news, opinion and analysis website for UK financial advisers, as well as its sister publication Multi-Asset Review.

Prior to rejoining Incisive in March 2016, he was editorial director of financial adviser resources Adviser-Hub and Events-Hub as well as a regular contributor to a variety of financial magazines and co-author, with Cherry Reynard, of Investing in Emerging Markets - the BRIC Economies and Beyond.

Before joining Adviser-Hub in 2008, he was editorial director of Incisive Media's investment division, including Investment Week and Professional Pensions. His career as an investment journalist, writer and conference moderator spans more than two decades, including five years as editor and then publisher of personal finance magazine Bloomberg Money. He used to be a solicitor but that really was a very long time ago.

KEYNOTE: Robert Peston

Business/Political

Journalist & Broadcaster

Robert Peston is a journalist, presenter and founder of the education charity Speakers for Schools. Robert is currently ITV's Political Editor and host of their flagship politics and current affairs show, ‘Peston'.

Robert covers the latest happenings in Westminster and beyond, interviewing the important players on the national and international political scenes. Prior to his high-profile move Robert was the BBC's Economics Editor, revealing the stories behind the statistics and explaining the implications of domestic, European and global economic shifts. Before that, as Business Editor, he broadcast and published a series of exclusive and influential stories about the global financial situation. He revealed the crises at Northern Rock and RBS, the emergency rescue of HBOS, and the tumult around the credit crunch, bailouts and austerity.

Before joining the BBC, Robert was City and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Telegraph, in charge of the business and money sections, and the FT's Financial Editor. At the FT, he was a member of the editorial board and earlier he served as its Political Editor, Banking Editor and founder of the investigations unit.

Away from the cameras Robert has also won plaudits for his online journalism, and he is the author of critically acclaimed books including 'How Do We Fix This Mess?' and 'Who Runs Britain?'. Both examine the causes and long-term implications of the 2008 financial crisis. Whilst his third title, 'WTF?' takes a broader look at the world, what's gone wrong, and proposes possible solutions across politics, society and business.
Amongst a wealth of journalism awards Robert has to his name, he has won the Royal Television Society's Journalist of the Year, Specialist Journalist of the Year, and Scoop of the Year (twice), the Wincott Prize for financial journalism, and the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for Best Performer in a non-acting role.

Robert has written and presented a number of documentaries and factual series, notably four films about China's boom and probable bust, two films on the EU referendum, three films on the financial crisis, and the popular series ‘Robert Peston Goes Shopping'.

Watch session summary: http://bit.ly/2G8D5O0

 

KEYNOTE: Jeremy Snape

Performance Consultant

Sporting Edge

Jeremy Snape is a former England cricketer and international coach with a Masters degree in sports psychology. He is the Founder and Managing Director of Sporting Edge, a high-performance consultancy that gives leaders and teams the Winning Mindset. Jeremy represented Northants, Gloucestershire and Leicestershire in a 19-year career which delivered nine trophies and gained 11 England caps. His fascination with the psychology of success started from the realisation while playing for England at a One Day International in India that his mindset was the biggest difference between success and failure.

An MSc in Sports Psychology accelerated Jeremy's transition into coaching and led to roles with Shane Warne's victorious team in the Indian Premier League and South Africa's cricket team who became the world's top- ranked test team in 2009. A growing reputation let to leadership projects for England's Premier League football managers and for the England Rugby Team during an 18-match unbeaten run.

A unique research programme to uncover the psychology of success in some of the world's most high-profile performers has seen Jeremy has interviewed hundreds of top coaches, athletes, neuroscientists, military leaders and performance experts over the past decade. Having distilled their thinking habits and advice into inspirational strategies to accelerate success in every sector, he has delivered leadership, change and team development sessions for the world's biggest businesses.

Jeremy is a regular contributor to the BBC, Sky Sports, City AM and the Financial Times. His fascination with the psychology of success, whether it be in sport or business, remains as strong as ever, as does his passion for helping others to achieve success.
www.sportingedge.com

 

STREAM CHAIR: Philip Martin

Co-Founder & Business Development Director

Unique Financial Planning

Philip co-owns and manages Unique Financial Planning, a general advice business with 25 advisers operating predominately in the south of England. Prior to this, he was Marketing Director at Openwork for six years, with responsibility for product propositions, marketing, PR and leading its investment company, Omnis Investments.

Prior to that, Philip spent two years with F&C Investments with responsibility for the asset manager's UK retail proposition and was Business Development Director at wrap provider Nucleus Financial Group, which he co-founded in 2006. He had previously been a founder-director of consultancy Abacus Financial Marketing, working with more than 65 life companies, asset managers, IFAs and industry bodies on a variety of strategic and proposition projects.

 

STREAM CHAIR: Cherry Reynard

Financial

Journalist

Cherry Reynard is a freelance financial journalist. She has worked for a range of national, consumer and trade titles including the Financial Times, Telegraph, Independent, Money Observer, Moneywise, What Investment, Citywire and Money Marketing. She has co-authored a book on investing in emerging markets and is six-time winner of the Investment Management Association's freelance journalist of the year award and four-time winner of the AIC Freelance journalist of the year award. She began her career as a tax accountant for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, before moving to investment bank JP Morgan.

STREAM CHAIR: Lee Robertson

Managing Director

Octo Members Group

Lee Robertson is the managing director of Octo Members Group, a new app based venture primarily aimed at supporting wealth managers and financial planners. He was the founding director of Investment Quorum but stepped back from the business in August although continues to provide strategic insight to the Board.
Lee is a regulator commentator on issues as well a regular columnist in several publications. He is well known for his client-centric views. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and amongst other awards was recognised in the definitive Spear's Wealth Management Awards as one of the top ten wealth managers in the UK and was named wealth manager of the year by the in 2015. Lee was also named UK Wealth Management CEO of the year last year in the Le Fonti International Business Awards.
He is a founding director of the Association of Independent Non-Executive Directors and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster DisLab on the Digital MA course.

GUEST CHAIR: David Burrowes

Chairman

The Equity Release Council

David Burrowes became Chairman of the Equity Release Council in December 2017 after serving as the Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate from 2005-2017. He also brings considerable legal expertise to the role, having been Shadow Justice Minister from 2007-2010 and a practising solicitor for 23 years.

A strong campaigner for local and national causes, David has championed consumer protection on issues including financial, legal and medical services, and led campaigns for improved social and end-of-life care. During his time in Parliament, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to three Cabinet Ministers, across the Cabinet Office and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and sat on the influential Home Affairs and Public Accounts Select Committees.

 

GUEST CHAIR: Mark Polson

Founder and Principal

the lang cat

Mark Polson is founder and principal of the lang cat, a specialist platforms, pensions and investment consultancy. From its Edinburgh base, the lang cat works with platforms, life companies, asset managers and large advisory firms helping them interpret regulation, develop new propositions, turn marketing strategy into action and articulate their services in such a way that people without a financial services degree have a hope of understanding them. Bit by bit it aims to leave the industry just a little better than it found it.

The lang cat is also a strategic communications agency, offering PR and communication services to clients across retail investment, protection and fintech. The comms guys have access to the techy guys, and the techy guys are helped by the comms guys to communicate with impact. It's a good mix.

Mark is a prolific writer, contributor to the trade press and international public speaker, even when people ask him not to be. He doesn't play guitar as much as he'd like and spends more time than is reasonable going to gigs aimed at people considerably younger and more tattooed than him.

Jonathan Barrett

Director of Business Development and Partnerships

Abaka

Jonathan has spent the last 20 years working in the financial services sector, predominantly around technology-based solutions to make financial advice more accessible. Initially he was working on web-based solutions for IFAs and providers just as Stakeholder pensions and the ideal of being able to ‘buy online' was just getting started. Most recently, Jonathan has been working with digital financial wellbeing platforms. Jonathan's experience spans across business development and partnerships, digital proposition development and strategic consulting and he has an avid interest in using technology to make financial advice and support more accessible.

Graham Bentley

Managing Director

Graham Bentley Investment Intelligence

gbi2 is a specialist consultancy founded in 2013 to help asset managers, intermediaries and distributors create investment propositions that customers want to buy, delivered in a language they understand.
After over 40 years in investment marketing Graham has seen enough of the good, bad and occasionally outrageous to believe he can help the industry think and act very differently, to the ultimate benefit of investors and savers.
Notable achievements:

  • The first UK Corporate Bond fund in 1995 (M&G)
  • The first ‘critical yield' risk assessment process 1998 (M&G)
  • The first UK Platform end-to-end investment process 2001 (Selestia)
  • The first calibrated risk-targeted fund range 2008 (Spectrum)

Graham is expert in Behavioural economics and the psychology of
investing. A former economics and stock Markets "guru" at Virginmoney.com, he is prolific writer on investment matters in the trade and national press. An entertaining speaker, known for his ability to present complex subjects in an easy manner with a refreshing touch of irreverence.
He lists his interests as: "Playing stringed instruments, Cinema, golf, skiing and being a father"
Previously:

  • Skandia/Old Mutual Wealth - Head of Proposition
  • Selestia - Head of Investment Marketing
  • M&G - Investment Marketing Manager
  • Henderson - Director

 

Helen Bradshaw

Portfolio Manager

Quilter Investors

Helen Bradshaw is a portfolio manager at Quilter Investors focussed on managing multi-asset income portfolios. She has over 15 years of investment industry experience and joined Quilter Investors in January 2019 from Janus Henderson Investors, where she ran a number of multi-asset income strategies. Helen holds an LLB law degree from Exeter University, the Legal Practice Course from the University of Law, Guildford, as well as the Investment Management Certificate.

Peter Borely

Director of Lending

Just

Peter is the Director of Lending for the Just Group, a role he has held for four years. He has been with Just for just over eight years and previously was Director of Group strategy. Peter has worked in financial services for almost 35 years and before joining to Just has held senior roles at Skandia and Barclays.

Marcel Bradshaw

Head of UK Retail

Orbis Investments

Marcel Bradshaw, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws (University of Port Elizabeth), Admitted Attorney. Marcel joined Orbis in 2016 and leads the firm's UK retail initiative. He previously worked for Old Mutual in South Africa and more recently in London in various retail business development roles, and prior to that was responsible for building Sanlam's international business and international platforms. Marcel started his career with the Old Mutual Corporate Law division, specialising in tax.

Christine Cantrell

Director of ETF Sales

BMO Global Asset Management

Christine Cantrell is Director of ETF Sales at BMO Global Asset Management. Christine joined BMO in 2016 to drive the ETF business development in the UK. She has ten years' experience in the ETF industry, most recently at State Street Global Advisors where she was responsible for relationships with UK asset management and financial intermediary firms. She holds a MSc Finance from Cass Business School and Level 3 CISI qualification.

Watch session summary: http://bit.ly/2G8D5O0

 

Simon Clare

Head of Technology & Innovation

Bravura Solutions

Simon is the Head of Technology and Innovation for Bravura Solutions, a role which involves managing Bravura's technical product roadmap and identifying the ways in which emerging trends may impact the wider Wealth Management industry. In this context he is particularly interested in the technical and ethical questions surrounding the adoption of machine learning in financial services.

Simon has an academic background in software engineering and mathematics with 18 years' experience in the UK Wealth Management and Asset Servicing industry. Simon sits on the board of TISA's "Open Savings and Asset Management" initiative, allowing UK consumers greater control over their savings and investment data.

Away from work Simon plays the guitar (badly), cooks (semi competently), supports Aberdeen football club and watches way too many old movies for his own good.

Alastair Conway

CEO

James Hay

Alastair cut his teeth in financial services as an IFA. That grounding at the coalface of financial services has never left him. As CEO of James Hay understanding the challenges advisers and their clients face is brought to bear on the direction he is taking the business - making it the platform for retirement wealth planning, focused on delivering unparalleled choice of investment type, wrapper, fund and drawdown options.

Before he took the reins at James Hay, Alastair was Sales and Marketing Director of Cofunds, so he knows the UK platform market - and its challenges - inside out.

Amongst the various other roles he has held in his 26-year career in financial services, Alastair was Head of Proposition and Commercial development at Sesame, the largest IFA network in the UK.

Lawrence Cook

Director

Thesis Asset Management

Lawrence joined Thesis in 2012 and was instrumental in focusing the business on developing professional partnerships with IFAs across the UK. Since joining he has strengthened the marketing and business development team. Lawrence possesses a wealth of experience in business development, having worked at Standard Life primarily with professional intermediaries, and he also managed the Bristol operation of Towry Wealth Management. When Lawrence is in the office he can usually be found in either Chichester or Guildford.

Claire Cornell Johnson

Technical Policy Manager (Investments & Savings)

TISA

Claire Cornell Johnson is TISA's Technical Policy Manager (Investments & Savings) with a focus on addressing a wide range of key technical and operational concerns. Claire joined TISA in 2012, and has worked in financial services since 1997 with a background in stockbroking operations, ISAs, project management and Treating Customers Fairly. In 2017, Claire became the TISA lead for the Senior Managers & Certification Regime work to help members and the broader industry with their preparation, implementation and ongoing operation of the regime.

Chris Davies

Founder

Model Office

Chris has 27 years' experience in retail financial services both in the UK, as well as in Asia and Australia.

In 2017 Chris launched "Model Office"("MO®") a RegTech and strategic development platform that allows firms to self audit, identify problems early, cut through the noise and receive tailored tasks and resources to manage risk, improve professional practice and save time and costs.

MO®'s algorithm and allows firms to benchmark their professional development against The FCA rules, their papers, key directives such as KYC, AML, TCF, IDD, Suitability, MiFIDII, The GDPR and SM&CR as well as against their peers, plus benefit from a regulatory dashboard with digital strategies and resources to improve compliance scores. Also MO®, an AI-driven chatbot complaince assistant answers compliance questions and interrogatse the FCA Handbook and world wide web for required answers and guidance to improve complaince scores. The platform integrates with back office technology to interrogate a firm's data and provide streamlined regulatory and financial strength reports.

Chris's experience has given him an in depth understanding of the Fin/RegTech eco-system and the direction of regulatory and commercial travel. Thomson Reuters' risk, compliance and RegTech social influencers listings ranked Chris in their UK top 30 most influential thought leaders, with MO® also voted in the UK's top 50 RegTech firms by ING RegTech Markets.

Chris is a Chartered member of The Chartered Management Institute, an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and holds an Msc in Organisational Behaviour.

Cindy Davies

Case Management Team Leader

The Pensions Regulator

Cindy leads a criminal investigations team within The Pension Regulator's Case Management function, which concentrates on the investigation of fraud and other criminal offences.
Cindy has been at TPR and its predecessor OPRA for almost 15 years, largely in case management.

Peet Denny

Chief Product Officer

Wealth Wizards

Peet Denny, Chief Product Officer, Wealth Wizards
Peet is the CPO of Wealth Wizards, head of their AI Guild and founded the Birmingham AI Meetup. He's consulted for Oracle and BEA Systems, worked at some of The City's largest financial institutions and spent a decade leading large and very large programmes of change. Peet divides his time between hands-on R&D in machine learning and AI as well as leading the large engineering team at Wealth Wizards.

Craig Fazzini-Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Canada Life

Craig joined Canada Life as a director in early 2018, following the acquisition of Retirement Advantage. Craig has responsibility for leading the integration of the two businesses and supporting the internal transformation agenda.

Craig has a strong background in the life and pensions and retail banking industry with specific experience of business transformation and the annuity market.

Before joining Canada Life, Craig was Group CEO of Retirement Advantage, and led the successful acquisition project.

Previously he has had various roles across financial services including working for Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) where he was senior director of Retail Strategy (Europe & North America). Craig also held other senior roles at HBOS including Head of Bancassurance Operations and Head of Bank of Scotland Annuity Service (BoSAS), where he managed the largest annuity broker in the UK. Prior to HBOS, Craig held business development and strategic delivery roles at Accenture and Procter and Gamble.

 

David Ferguson

CEO

Nucleus Financial

Brought up in Edinburgh and something of a maths / tech geek, the formative years of David's career were spent as a trainee actuary with Life Association of Scotland before stints with Ivory & Sime, Scottish Life International and strategic consultancy The Abacus.
Believing that the customer needed to move centre stage, he embarked on a mission to build the UK's first collaborative and adviser-led platform which resulted in the creation of Nucleus in 2006. He has the great privilege of leading the small team that has made Nucleus a credible and refreshing market participant, particularly at a time when honesty and accountability have never mattered more.
Alongside his role as Nucleus CEO, David was appointed as a Fintech envoy for Scotland by HM Treasury in December 2016.
David lives with his sparkling wife Monique, precious daughter Nicole and boisterous son Angus in Edinburgh, and enjoys dining in, dining out, live music and following the city's mighty-ish Heart of Midlothian FC.

Chris Flowers

Head of Distribution

Pure Retirement

As Head of our Distribution team, Chris has worked in the financial industry for 13 years, six of these in the equity release industry. Before joining Pure, Chris spent four years at Age Partnership where he helped over 700 clients release over £40 million towards improving their retirement, and was named ‘Best BDM' in 2017's Equity Release Awards.

Paul Freeman

Senior Underwriter

Liberty Specialty Markets

Nikolai Hack

Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer

Exo Investing

Nikolai comes from a consultancy background with extensive experience across European bluechip clients in various sectors for BearingPoint (former KPMG). Nikolai has spent the majority of his career focused on operational excellence and process consulting projects as well as roles globally in business and policy. Nikolai has an MSc in Political Economy from LSE.

Ben Hammond

Principal Consultant

Altus Ltd

Ben has over 17 years' experience in financial services, and specifically in the platform space for the last 8. Prior to joining Altus, he worked for both Cofunds and Ascentric, building and launching new products and propositions as well as navigating the complicated world of regulatory change.
Ben works with a wide range of Altus clients across the UK and South Africa, helping them understand the future of the platform landscape, the impact change will have on running their businesses and how they can improve the efficiency of their operations.
Ben writes for and provides commentary to a number of well-known financial services publications. He co-authored the latest Altus white paper "Giving your platform wings" and his dream is to see all platforms in profit by 2025.
@BenHAltus  @AltusLtd

 

Tom Hegarty

Director

The Advice Partnership from Prudential

Tom Hegarty is the Director of the Advice Partnership, a self-employed advice proposition within Prudential Financial Planning. Prior to this position, he was the Managing Director of the New Model Business Academy, the not-for-profit training and development subsidiary of the SimplyBiz Group, where he rejuvenated the Academy's events programme and spearheaded successful initiatives into financial education, training needs mapping and, most recently, apprenticeships in financial advice.

His career in financial services spans two decades and covers the entire spectrum of roles within the sector, starting with his experience as a financial adviser. He then went on to sales management roles with providers, including Friends Provident and MetLife, before moving into distribution where he was Head of Business Development at Tenet Group. He holds extensive knowledge of the advice profession and is passionate about increasing and improving access of advice to customers.

 

Gillian Hepburn

Intermediary Solutions Director

Schroders

Gillian has over 30 years' experience in financial services and has recently joined Schroders as Intermediary Solutions Director.

Previously, Gillian had an extensive career at Standard Life followed by consultancy positions with a range of platform providers, asset managers, life companies and financial advisers. In 2016 she founded DISCUS, a business providing research, insight and educational content for financial advisers about the outsourced investment market and discretionary managers. Following an acquisition of the business by the Embark Group she continued to develop DISCUS, provided expert consultancy services for the launch of the Embark platform and was Head of Strategic Partnerships.

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Adam Higgs

Head of Research, Adviser Services

Finance and Technology Research Centre

With 15 years' experience as a paraplanner and consultant across protection and wealth, Adam has vast experience of helping advisers and technology suppliers to develop, implement and select software solutions. As the Head of Consulting for adviser services at F&TRC, he has a detailed knowledge of the software suppliers in the market and led numerous projects to help them improve their offerings and better understand the needs of advisers. Specialising in technology selection in order to increase efficiency, improve compliance and meet regulatory requirements, Adam has worked with some of the largest advisory firms in the country and helped them to shape their requirements and source solutions to meet their business needs.
In his spare time and when not spending time with his wife and two children, Adam is a keen Arsenal fan and enjoys hacking his way around a golf course.

Hilary Inglis

Senior Relationship Manager, Distribution

First State Investments

Hilary Inglis joined First State Investments in 2015, as Senior Relationship manager for their Institutional Clients. Prior to which she spent seven years in Australia working within the asset management arm of the financial advice company, ipac, delivering multi-manager portfolios for pre & post retirees. This was followed by AMP's Head of Investments in their Corporate Super business, leading their investment strategy.

Prior to this, Hilary has worked in Edinburgh in client relationship roles for Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and for Investec Asset Management in London in a Portfolio Manager role within the International Equities team.

Hilary has BA Hons from Oxford Brookes University, an MBA from Heriot-Watt University and is currently the vice chair of the DCIF.

 

Kay Ingram

Director of Public Policy

LEBC

Kay has 36 years' experience in financial services, including 26 years as a holistic financial planner.
As Director of Public Policy at LEBC Group, she is responsible for influencing government and regulatory policy on pensions and investments.
She writes regularly for the consumer and trade press, and speaks on pensions, investment and social policy issues, working with other stakeholders to achieve better consumer outcomes.

Janice Laing

Managing Director

Compliance First - part of SimplyBiz Group

As Managing Director of Compliance First, Janice has responsibility for the overall strategy, management and delivery of services for that business. She joined Compliance First in 2004 and her career in financial services spans over 30 years, having previously worked with Scottish
Amicable, Eagle Star and National Australia Group.

Janice's breadth and depth of knowledge has been gained from her previous roles, which include broker and adviser sales, training and competence supervision and compliance consultancy and implementation. She is Level 4 qualified and also holds mortgage, equity release and long term care qualifications. Janice is a key member of the SimplyBiz Group Management Board and a significant part of the team overseeing the Group's Compliance Centres of Excellence

Amongst her other responsibilities, she is currently leading the highly detailed support being made available to Group Firms in respect of the Senior Manager & Certification Regime.

 

Tessa Lee

Managing Director

moneyinfo

With 20 years' experience in the Financial Services industry including nine years at 1st Software (now Iress), and two years at FinQS, Tessa has worked closely with a wide range of clients from Employee Benefits Consultancies, National IFAs and Networks to Mortgage Brokerages and smaller Financial Advisory and Financial Planning companies. She has directed a number of large scale programmes, delivering bespoke solutions for Wealth Management and Workplace clients, including two of the UK's largest employee benefits consultancies.
Tessa has extensive programme and project management experience and holds a number of the CII Financial Planning qualifications from FPC to Business Financial Planning.

Martin Lines

Business Development Director

Just

Martin Lines is Business Development Director with Just. Martin shares his knowledge of the retirement and later life markets with intermediaries through the delivery of business development presentations and workshops.
He has 30 years' experience in financial services, working extensively with local and national adviser firms on pension and retirement-related issues.
Martin joined Just in 2009 where his expertise puts him in an ideal position to support financial intermediaries and their clients to benefit from the considerable opportunities this market presents.
He lives near Reading with his wife and three children and is a keen drummer in his spare time.

Jacqueline Lockie

Head of Financial Planning

Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment

Jacqueline is the Head of Financial Planning at the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (CISI).
She has worked in the financial services sector since 1988 in technical and training roles and also as a financial planner.
She is a Fellow of the CISI and holder of the internationally recognised Certified Financial Planner Licence, for which she was one of the first examiners in the UK.
Jacqueline was previously Head of Training at the Association of Investment Companies and Director of Training and Education for the Institute of Financial Planning, where she designed, wrote and delivered new courses for financial advisers wishing to enhance their investment and planning skills and paraplanners to learn the methodology of financial planning.

Neil MacGillivray

Head of Technical Support

James Hay

Neil MacGillivray heads up James Hay's Technical Support and has over 30 years' experience in financial services.

Neil's key role is to assist Financial Advisers with technical problems that they may encounter on general tax and trust issues. Neil is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to the financial press on tax and trust topics.

He is also a Chartered Banker of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was formally the Chairman of the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes.

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Max Maxwell

Head of Business

IRESS

Max leads the business development team at IRESS, working with wealth management and planning firms nationally. Having spent much of his career in national roles with a major life office, he is a passionate advocate of the adviser and their role in people's lives. He is also an avid supporter of the role technology plays to enable businesses to transform their propositions. Outside of IRESS Max is a keen runner and rowing coach.

Justin Onuekwusi

Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds

Legal & General Investment Management

Justin is a fund manager within the Multi-Asset Funds team, leading on the management of the team's retail and risk-profiled multi-asset funds. Prior to joining LGIM in August 2013, Justin was a fund manager with Aviva Investors' multi-asset team combining both strategic and dynamic asset allocation with manager selection in the construction of multi-asset portfolios. He was lead fund manager on a range of risk-targeting multi-asset funds and co-lead fund manager on a number of unit-linked Life and Pension funds, as well as manager of manager offerings. Justin previously worked as a fund research analyst at Merrill Lynch and an investment consultant for Aon Consulting. Justin is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in economics from the University of Warwick and the Investment Management Certificate.

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Will Oulton

Global Head of Responsible Investment

First State Investments

Will Oulton is the Global Head, Responsible Investment at First State Investments (FSI) based in the UK and is responsible for defining and delivering FSI's responsible investment and stewardship strategy globally. In this role he is tasked with advancing FSI's understanding of how ESG Factors impact long term investment value. He is also responsible for developing FSI's thought leadership programs and managing the RI Governance structure for the business.

Previous to this he was the Head of Responsible Investment for Mercer Investments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, advising institutional asset owners on environmental, social and corporate governance matters. He has more than 15 years of experience working in sustainable and responsible investment. Before joining Mercer, Will was the Director of Responsible Investment at FTSE Group, where he led the development of FTSE's global sustainability services.

In December 2015 he was appointed president of the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif). He is also a Trustee Director of the CBA (UK) Pension Scheme, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Honorary Associate Professor at Nottingham University Business School's International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Expert Panel Member of the Prince's Accounting for Sustainability program and sits on a number of investment industry advisory boards and committees.

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Richard Parkin

Pensions & Retirement Consultant

Richard Parkin Consulting

Richard Parkin is an independent pensions and retirement consultant specialising in strategy, policy and proposition design for providers, pension schemes and policymakers. Richard is a strong supporter of pension freedoms but believes significant risks remain for, advisers, providers and policymakers in making sure clients get the best from the reforms. This means not only designing strategies that make retirement savings last but also allow people to enjoy the fruits of their savings while still fit and able to do so.
Prior to setting up his own business Richard held a variety of senior positions at Fidelity International including Head of Retirement leading the development of Fidelity's services to advisers, individual investors and defined contribution schemes. More recently he was Head of Pensions Policy working with colleagues around the world to develop Fidelity's global thinking on retirement issues and translating this into practical and effective client solutions.
[email protected]
@pensionsparky

Keith Richards

Chief Executive

The Personal Finance Society

A recognised leader within the financial services sector, Keith has over 30 years experience operating at executive level across both manufacturing and distribution. He has an established media profile and is a visible figurehead within the financial services sector, regularly called upon for comment both home and abroad by various organisations, including Trade and National press.

Keith established a strong media profile whilst representing one of the UK's largest IFA Networks (Tenet Group) as Group Distribution and Development Director, prior to which he was Head of Retail for the largest mutual insurance company in the UK, Royal London Group. Actively engaged in the promotion of financial services within the UK and internationally, he has contributed to the boards of both AIFA (now APFA) and AMI. He sits on the board of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA), a member of various government and regulatory working groups and is Chairman of TISA Exco for Adviser Protocol having also represented the intermediary advice sector over many years on a number of panels and strategic leadership forums.

Keith was appointed Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) in May 2013 and subsequently appointed as Managing Director of Engagement for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) on 1st August 2016. In addition to guiding the operational and strategic evolution of the PFS he has developed greater government and regulatory engagement for the FS and Insurance profession's, brought about enhancements to membership benefits and its national CPD programmes. Keith has also introduced a number of key consumer and Professional Standards initiatives which include a consumer website, the largest accredited adviser director in the UK, a pro-bono programme in partnership with Citizens Advice as well as a national anti-scam, consumer confidence and United Profession Campaigns.

 

Richard Romer-Lee

Managing Director

Square Mile Research

Richard is responsible for determining the strategy and focus for the business in conjunction with the Board and the Executive Management Team. Richard works closely with our clients and all members of the team as well as forging strong business relationships within the wider industry. Prior to founding Square Mile he was Research Director and co-founder of Old Broad Street Research Limited (OBSR). Following the acquisition of OBSR by Morningstar he became joint Managing Director of Morningstar OBSR, then MD of European Investment Consulting at Morningstar Inc. He has more than 25 years industry experience, starting at BMA Services in 1986 before becoming an analyst at Buck Consultants.

Tali Shlomo

People Engagement Director

The Personal Finance Society

Tali Shlomo (Chartered FCIPD), People Engagement Director at The Personal Finance Society has a career in HR spanning 24 years. Tali has overall responsibility at the Chartered Institute of Insurance (CII) for people; diversity & inclusion policy; internal and external engagement; and learning, development and talent programmes. Recent successes include successful IIP Gold accreditation and achieving Diversity in Business Accreditation. Tali has lead the gender pay gap reporting and ethnicity pay gap reporting despite the CII being below the minimum 250 headcount requirement.

Karis Stander

Managing Director

Investment 20/20

Karis Stander joined Investment20/20 as Managing Director in 2014, having spent six years managing business development at the Financial Skills Partnership for their financial services Talent and Careers Service. She also spent five years at the Financial Services Authority in the Learning & Development and the Industry Training teams, and before that managed investment qualifications for the Chartered Institute of Insurance and Investments (CISI). Karis moved to London in 2000 from her native South Africa.

 

Dave Stratton

Group Sales Director

Curtis Banks

Dave has over 30 years' experience in working with advisory firms. Prior to Curtis Banks, he was Head of the IFA Distribution function at AXA Wealth and Elevate. Since joining Curtis Banks he has been responsible for developing the sales strategy and bringing together the support for advisers into a single, national team of Business Development Managers.

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David Tiller

Head of UK Propositions

Standard Life Aberdeen

David is Head of UK Propositions at Standard Life Aberdeen with responsibility for platform, tax/fiduciary and investment propositions to retail, wholesale and institutional clients.

David is a well-known industry commentator with Standard Life Aberdeen taking a prominent role in debates around pension freedoms, transparency and the digital enablement. Recognised for innovation, Standard Life Aberdeen is the largest investment company in the UK with leading positions in digital platform provision, multi-asset and cash-flow driven strategies and specialist active/quantitative investments. Standard Life Aberdeen's award winning platforms, strategies and components power the customer propositions from many well-known professional advice firms, benefits consultants and discretionary investment managers.

Prior to leading Standard Life Aberdeen's UK propositions, David was Head of Adviser & Wealth Manager Propositions, Strategy & Business Development Director for the group's private client discretionary investment business, and Head of Product Development within Standard Life Investments.

 

Mark Toms

Protection Development Manager

Aegon

Mark started working for Scottish Equitable in 1994, then in 2000 he joined the Aegon Protection team. He's been influential in the design of Aegon's Business Protection proposition and marketing. Working with banks, employee benefits, professional advisers and corporate advice firms - he's helped develop effective Business Protection propositions and relationships - to drive better protection advice for business customers, their partners and their families.

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Peter Toogood

Chief Investment Officer

The Adviser Centre

Peter began his career at Holden Meehan, an independent wealth manager, in 1989. He joined Forsyth Partners in 1994 as a senior mutual fund analyst and was appointed Chief Investment Officer in 2000. He was responsible for the management of traditional and alternative multi-asset funds, with assets at their peak in excess of £1.5 billion. He was co-founder of the original Forsyth-OBSR Ratings Service in 2002. He joined OBSR (later Morningstar OBSR) in 2008 and was responsible for establishing the firm's fund advisory business, as well as continuing in a leadership role within the fund research team. Inspired by his advisory and consultancy work, Peter founded The Adviser Centre in 2014, seeking to provide a fund and investment research service equipped to power advisers' investment propositions. The service is now part of the Embark Group, for which he is also the Chief Investment Officer.

Andrew Tully

Technical Director

Canada Life

Andrew's primary role is the analysis and communication of pension regulation, legislation and taxation. He regularly writes and comments on pensions for the financial media, speaks at conferences and seminars and is a member of a number of industry-wide working groups. He is currently spending much of his time helping advisers work through the opportunities arising from the many changes taking place to the retirement income landscape. Previously, Andrew was Senior Pensions Policy Manager at Standard Life, where he spent 18 years over two spells, and he also worked for 7 years at Scottish Equitable as Technical Development Manager.

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Alice Watson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Canada Life Home Finance

Alice joined Canada Life (then trading as Stonehaven and later as Retirement Advantage) in 2009, and has over 9 years' experience in the lifetime mortgage industry. As Head of Marketing and Communications, she has an in depth understanding of the intermediary market and extensive knowledge of product design and dynamics. Alice is passionate about adviser education and increasing the awareness of the need for holistic financial planning in the later life lending sector.
Alice holds the CII Certificate in Equity Release, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Zoe Webb

Paraplanner

para-sols

Zoe has worked in financial services since the tender age of 16 - first starting out as a Financial Administrator before quickly progressing to undertake her Diploma in Regulated Planning. Having previously worked client-side for a successful advising firm, she has first-hand experience of the challenges that many firms face, giving her a greater understanding of our clients needs.

Yorkshire-born Zoe moved to the North East to join the team and is relishing in her new chapter. She's still even finding time for her favourite hobby - going on holiday and enjoying time in the sun!

Stuart Wilson

Marketing Director

more 2 life

Stuart joined as the B2B Marketing Director for more 2 life in July 2014. He has over 30 years' experience in the Financial Services sector, working for a range of well-known brands including Friends Provident, Abbey Life, LV= and Just. He also ran his own marketing agency specialising in helping advisers working in the mortgage market before joining a start-up company called Living Time that launched Fixed Term Annuities in to the UK pensions market. The last five years have been spent helping build more 2 life into one of the largest lifetime mortgage lenders in the UK.