Wednesday 28th April

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and Online Networking

14:00 – 14:20
Presentation: RI A-Z for the LGPS
An overview of how the sector has been working to provide an RI operating framework for the LGPS.

Speaker
Cllr Roger Phillips
Scheme Advisory Board Chair


14:20 – 15:00
Panel: RI Initiatives in the LGPS
RI has been of growing interest to the LGPS for some time. The 2020 Local Authority Responsible Investment Seminar aimed to help the LGPS formulate a response to developments in this area. What has happened over the last year, and what developments should we expect to see going forward?

Panellists
Graham Cook, CFA
Chief Investment Officer
Environment Agency Pension Fund

Gustave Loriot
Responsible Investment Manager
London CIV

Faisal Rafi
Head of Investment Research
RisCura

Faith Ward
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Brunel Pension Partnership


15:00 – 15:50
Roundtable Discussion: Impact Investment – What can we do to make a difference?
The number of impact strategies available to pension funds is growing, but are they widely understood and can they meet the needs of the LGPS? Delegates will break off into discussion groups to talk about the developments they would like to see in this space, the social and environmental issues that may be currently underserved.

Facilitator
Karen Shackleton
Independent Investment Adviser

Moderators
Howard Bluston
Independent Investment Adviser
Harrow

Vanessa Churchman
County Councillor Pensions Committee
Isle of Wight Council

Dafydd Edwards
CFO
Gwynedd Pension Fund

Debbie Fielder
Deputy Head
Clwyd Pension Fund

Pedro Pardo
Independent Adviser

Silvia Knott-Martin
Client Relations Manager
London CIV

John Raisin
Independent Adviser

15:50 – 16:20
Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:00
Panel: Climate Regulation and the LGPS
What are the regulatory requirements coming down the line for both private DB and LGPS funds? A panel with representation from DWP, MHCLG, consultants and managers will talk about the challenge of meeting those requirements.

Panellists
David Farrar
Policy Manager – Climate Change and Responsible Investment
Department for Work and Pensions

Hill Gaston
Investment Consultant
Mercer

Aled Jones
Head of Sustainable Investing, Europe
FTSE Russell

Oliver Watson
Senior Policy Adviser
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government


17:00 – 18:30
Thinking Bigly: A Guide to Saving the World
A theatre performance talk about sustainability and how you, finance and policy can be part of the solution. What reasons do we have to be hopeful in the current crisis moment?

Thursday 29th April

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and Online Networking

14:00 – 14:40
Panel: RI Post-Covid – An Industry View
A panel from across the LGPS sector discusses the potential impact of Covid on RI, and what the future may hold for investment in a post-Covid world.

Panellists
Elizabeth Carey
Independent Adviser

Stuart Fiertz
Co-Founder, Head of Responsible Investment
Cheyne Capital

Bella Landymore
Policy Director
Impact Investing Institute


14:40 – 15:20
Panel: Setting Out a Roadmap to RI Targets
What RI targets can pension funds incorporate Into their investment strategies, and how can those targets be achieved? What information and evidence is available for, and should be used by, funds when setting out an RI policy? What is the approvals process for any implementation changes that may be required? Our panel looks at how LGPS funds can confront the challenges they face in setting and achieving RI goals.

Panellists
Dr. Matthias Fawer
ESG & Impact Analyst
Vontobel Asset Management

Sean Johns
Pensions Investment Manager
Cornwall Council Pension Fund

Keith Onslow
Chairman of Pensions Committee
Bromley Council

Nick Samuels
Head of Manager Research
Redington


15:20 – 16:00
Panel: Measuring Success in RI
Measuring portfolio and manager performance, monitoring RI outcomes, and managing risk. What is the best way for pools and managers to work together to enable better outcomes for funds?

Panellists
Jane Firth
Head of Responsible Investment
Border to Coast Pensions Partnership

Patrick O’Hara
Director of Responsible Investment and Engagement
LGPS Central

Yo Takatsuki
Head of Investment Stewardship EMEA
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Freddie Woolfe
Analyst, Sustainable Investment
Jupiter Asset Management

16:00 – 16:20
Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:30
The Great Debate – Divestment vs. Engagement
Is it simply a clear choice between divestment and engagement, or is there a middle ground? If there is room for flexibility, how does that manifest itself into investment decision making? Does the nature of the debate change depending on the type, or location, of the investment? Our panel will share their views and discuss whether there is any scope for compromise.

Panellists
John Gray
Councillor
London Borough of Newham

Lydia Marsden
Project Officer – Climate Change
ShareAction

Doug McMurdo
Chairman of Pensions Committee
Bedfordshire Pension Fund

Nick Spencer
Sustainable Investment Adviser
Gordian Advice