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Professional Pensions is hosting the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) to exclusively launch the 2019 edition of the Purple Book.

Providing the most comprehensive picture of the risks faced by eligible defined benefit (DB) schemes, the publication is an annual Official Statistics publication detailing the state of scheme funding as of March 2019.

It also looks at how scheme demographics have changed throughout the year, the level of insolvency risk, typical scheme asset allocation, and the PPF levy and compensation.

In this exclusive live webinar on 17 January 2020, join Professional Pensions to hear PPF chief risk officer Stephen Wilcox and chief actuary Lisa McCrory talk about the key findings in the Purple Book and answer your questions on the DB landscape.



Chairman: James Phillips

Deputy editor at Professional Pensions

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James joined Professional Pensions in 2016 as a correspondent focused on law and regulation, before being promoted to his current role in August 2019. In 2019, he was named institutional journalist of the year by Kames Capital, and pensions journalist of the year by Willis Towers Watson.

Stephen Wilcox,

Chief risk officer at the Pension Protection Fund

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Stephen joined the PPF in May 2018 and is responsible for the oversight of all risk-related issues within the PPF, including operational and investment risk functions. He leads on the development of strategy and policy around risk management, including risk appetite and tolerance, risk identification and risk reporting, and oversees the team that develops and operates the PPF’s long-term risk model, which assesses long-term financial health using stochastic simulation techniques. Stephen was previously chief risk officer at Allianz Insurance, one of the UK’s leading general insurers. With Allianz he successfully set up the first comprehensive risk team and implemented its approach to Solvency II. As a fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and a chartered enterprise risk actuary, he continues to be active in the actuarial profession.

Lisa McCrory,

Chief actuary at the Pension Protection Fund

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Lisa joined the PPF in 2009, and has been in her current role since September 2018. Before this, she was head of the actuarial financial management team. She is responsible for providing actuarial advice to the board on the PPF’s funding strategy, making sure that any assumptions we make are appropriate and consistent, and for signing the annual valuation of the fund for the annual report and accounts. Lisa was previously a scheme actuary, supporting SME clients and specialising in schemes in wind-up or restructuring.

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