12th November: 09:00 – 12:00


Discovering the detail

In a recent blog, executive director of regulatory policy, analysis and advice David Fairs said the regulatory and governmental response to ESG risks, are not a "passing fad" but "fundamental" to pensions, given the long-term nature of both - adding that climate change would also have an effect on how the watchdog approaches meeting its statutory objectives.

The blog coincides with the start of requirements for trustees to publish an implementation statement describing whether policies in their schemes' statement of investment principles (SIP) have been followed after they were last year updated to explain their policies to financially material ESG considerations.

Join Professional Pensions for this year’s virtual ESG focus taking place on the 12th November where we will be discovering the detail in ESG requirements and the developments in the market. This half day virtual event will provide you with the opportunity to keep up to date on all things ESG, chat with your peers in our event chat and visit our exhibition hall. Plus all the sessions will be on demand in case you miss anything.





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Catherine Howarth

CEO, ShareAction

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Catherine joined ShareAction as Chief Executive in 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society to promote responsible investment in the UK and beyond, with a focus on mobilising mainstream institutional investors to support accelerated action by companies on climate change, workforce and gender issues and food system risks. She is a member of HM Treasury’s asset management taskforce. She is a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian media group, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. She served for five years as an MNT on the board and investment committee of The Pensions Trust (now called TPT Retirement Solutions). Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

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Hannah Simons

Head of Sustainability Strategy, Schroders

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Hannah Simons is responsible for our Sustainability Strategy. In this role she works in partnership with our client facing and product teams to deliver a cohesive set of investment options to our clients. She is also responsible for the Sustainability strategic capability. She joined Schroders in 2015 and is based in London.

Prior to this, Hannah was Head of Fiduciary Management, she was promoted to this role in 2017. This involved providing strategic and liability-led input to clients, with a focus on assisting them to structure solutions that help meet their funding targets. Hannah was a Fiduciary Partner at Russell Investments from 2013 to 2015, which involved providing total plan solutions to small and medium sized clients. She was an LDI product specialist at PIMCO from 2011 to 2013, a Solutions Specialist at BlackRock from 2004 to 2011 and an Investment Consultant at Watson Wyatt from 1999 to 2004.

Qualifications: BSc in Actuarial Science from the London School of Economics.

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Anna Taylor

Counsel, Linklaters

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Anna is Counsel in Linklaters’ pension team. She has been working with trustees and sponsoring employers for more than 15 years on all matters arising in connection with their pension schemes, from drafting key documents such as rules, administration agreements and investment agreements, to dealing with member disputes, governance queries, scheme mergers, complex funding arrangements and large de-risking transactions. She is a member of Linklaters’ working group on ESG, which aims to bring together expertise from all Linklaters’ practices in providing a holistic approach to the challenges presented by the changing ESG landscape.

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Sam Tripuraneni

Sam Tripuraneni, Lead product strategist, BlackRock Sustainable Investing

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Sam Tripuraneni is the lead product strategist for commercialising BlackRock Sustainable Investing's (BSI) IP in EMEA.

The Sustainable Investing team is focused on identifying drivers of long-term return associated with environmental, social and governance issues, integrating them throughout Blackrock's investment processes, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment return.

Sam works closely with sales teams to deliver innovative solutions to our clients, based on BSI's proprietary research. In line with our Firm's 2020 sustainable commitments: he is the global BSI lead for rolling out ESG reporting and delivering greater transparency to our clients; and he works across our platform to support the growth of our Sustainable Product Platform and our objective of $1tn in AUM across our sustainable products by 2030.

Prior to joining BSI in 2018 Sam was a relationship manager in the UKDC Investments Sales team, leading on ESG as a sales campaign. Sam's service at the firm dates back to 2014 when he joined the EMEA Regional Exec team.

Sam is the current chair of the EMEA Veterans Network (VET), championing diversity through the successful internship programme, as well as a broader connection to our armed forces communities (across EMEA). He is also a key member in establishing a sister Athletes' internship.

Sam holds a BA from Nottingham University and an MSc from the London School of Economics.

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Michelle Dunstan

Responsible Investing; Portfolio Manager—Global ESG Improvers Strategy, AllianceBernstein

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Michelle Dunstan is the Global Head of Responsible Investing. She assumed this role in 2020 and oversees AB’s ESG strategy, thought leadership, research, engagement and investment integration, and works in conjunction with business development on AB’s ESG product platform. Dunstan also manages AB’s Global ESG Improvers Strategy, which focuses on engaging with and investing in companies that are advancing along an environmental, social or governance dimension. From 2012 to 2020, she was also a portfolio manager for the Global Commodity Equity Fund. Dunstan joined AB in 2004 as a research analyst and covered commodities in Emerging Markets and North America for several years. Prior to joining the firm, she was an engagement manager at the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte). Dunstan holds a BCom from Queen’s University in Canada and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where she graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

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Terry Heymann

CFO, World Gold Council

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Terry Heymann is CFO at the World Gold Council and has broad experience across the gold supply chain. In addition to his role as CFO and Company Secretary, Terry also oversees the World Gold Council’s initiatives on standard-setting, including development of the Responsible Gold Mining Principles, the Conflict-Free Gold Standard and the Guidance Note on All-In Costs, all of which support increased transparency and integrity in the gold industry. Terry also leads the World Gold Council’s programme of work around ESG, including supporting further progress by the gold industry in helping to deliver the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and address climate change. Prior to joining the World Gold Council, Terry was a Principal at Marakon Associates, a leading strategy consultancy, where he helped clients in several industries on strategic issues and new product development.

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Jonathan Stapleton

Editor, Professional Pensions

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Jonathan is editor-in-chief of Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings & Benefits (WSB).

He started work as a journalist on a capital markets magazine called Central European in 2000 before joining an internet start-up called ii-Q.com, a pensions news service.

Jonathan joined Professional Pensions in July 2001 and has been there, barring a nine month sabbatical in 2004, ever since. He launched PP Online in 2006, became deputy editor of Professional Pensions in 2008, editor in 2009, launched WSB in 2012 and became editor-in-chief of both brands in 2014.

Jonathan has won a number of awards throughout his career - most recently the Society of Pension Professionals' Journalist of the Year Award 2014 and the Investment Association's Trade Journalist of the Year Award 2015 - and is holder of the Pension Management Institute's Retirement Provision Certificate.


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