By Kira Nickerson The NAPF pension fund annual conference and exhibition is to be held in Birming...
By Kira Nickerson
The NAPF pension fund annual conference and exhibition is to be held in Birmingham on 17 and 18 May and will examine the changing face of pensions.
Alan Pickering, chairman of NAPF, said: "This year we have not invited any party politicians to grace our platforms. This does not mean that we will be introverted and considering only issues of detail, there will be plenty of thought provoking speeches interspersed with detailed guidance that we can all put into practice.
"Our conference format is also changing. While each day will begin and end with agenda-setting plenary sessions, there will be more breakout sessions than before."
Will Hutton of the Industrial Society will deliver the keynote address on pensions, politics and the economy looking at the balance between state and private provision.
Various discussions will take place throughout the day on subjects such as trusteeship in the new environment, pensions reform a lesson from abroad, and stakeholder pensions changing the landscape.
The lesson from abroad will look at the changes that occurred in the Swedish state pension system in January of this year and speakers will seek to examine the likely impact of these reforms from social, economic and investment perspectives and what lessons the UK can learn from it.
Speakers for these topics include Steven Cameron of Scottish Equitable, Richard Thomas of the Law Debenture Trust Corporation, Bjorn Linder of the National Pension Insurance Funds, Steve Bee of Scottish Life, Joanne Segars of TUC and Dick Stratten of William M Mercer.
The art of communication will be discussed by Peter Sparshott of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Mike Duncombe of the Post Office Pension Scheme, while John Nestor of Henderson Investors and Tony Redmond of the London Borough of Harrow will cover the challenge of best value.
The art of communication will look at the impact technology is having on communicating the value of pensions and the cost to the employer, including the role paper still plays.
A look at pensions and contemporary relationships will examine what schemes are doing about same sex partners, unmarried partners and dependents' pension in today's society.
For more information contact: 020 7808 1300.
To promote 'long-term investment'
Switching 'hard and expensive'
Smaller funds still packing a punch
To drive progress