Head of Pensions
François Barker acts as legal adviser to corporate sponsors, trustee boards and pension providers on the full range of pensions issues including international arrangements, defined benefit plan funding and de-risking, and defined contribution plan governance. He is actively involved in the development of pensions law and policy, and has helped to shape aspects of both UK and EU pensions legislation. He is an elected member of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association DC Council, and also sits on the CBI Pensions Panel, the Hundred Group Pensions Committee and the DC Standing Committee of Pensions Europe.
Squire Patton Boggs▼
Kirsty Bartlett is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs with more than 15 years of experience in pensions law. She works with trustees and sponsoring employers on matters ranging from significant projects such as mergers, benefit changes and buy-ins, to the impact of new legislation, day-to-day compliance and member complaints. Kirsty has a particular interest and specialism in schemes with a public sector element and leads the Squire Patton Boggs Public Sector Pensions Group. She is also a founding member of the Association of Pension Lawyers’ public sector sub-committee. Kirsty is recommended in both the Legal 500 and Chambers directories.
Head of Engagement
As head of engagement and member of AHC’s senior management team, Karen has responsibility for the delivery of multi-faceted communication projects for some of AHC’s biggest clients. She has over 25 years’ commercial experience in large corporate organisations including 15 years in senior strategic and operational communication roles. Her corporate experience is combined with excellent pensions knowledge and a proven track record in developing engaging communications strategies for clients. Karen is an accredited member and examiner for the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and has received several international communication awards. Away from work, Karen is an accomplished chef and opera singer.
Steve Delo is managing director of independent trustee firm PAN Governance. He is also a former president of the Pensions Management Institute (2007-2009). His experience includes senior roles in scheme management, consulting and asset management. Steve is now a leading independent trustee, having sat on major pension scheme trustee boards for the last decade, chairing most of them. His appointments also cover mastertrusts, including The People's Pension (of which he is chair of trustees) and the Atlas Master Trust. Steve has twice been named Independent Trustee of the Year by Engaged Investor and been listed as one of the Top 50 people in pensions by Pensions Insight.
Partner and Head of the Pensions Department, Baker McKenzie▼
Jeanette is Head of the Baker McKenzie Pensions Department and has well over two decades of experience as a pensions lawyer. Jeanette is co-secretary of the Association of Pension Lawyers Legislative and Parliamentary Committee and a former member of the Association's International Committee. Jeanette advises both companies and trustees on all aspects of pension law and manages strategic large scale projects involving the mitigation of pensions risks, for example, pensions restructuring, buy-ins and buyouts and contingent funding arrangements. She also handles transactions and clearance issues. Jeanette speaks regularly on industry developments and issues.
Director of Financial Advisory - Pensions
Simon leads on national strategy for Deloitte’s ‘Financial Advisory – Pensions’ practice, encompassing London and the regional teams, with a focus on pensions related advisory services.
This includes the provision of advice to trustees and corporates as part of the scheme funding process by way of a covenant assessment, through regular monitoring, finding innovative solutions to funding issues or by supporting relevant parties in mergers and acquisitions.
A former ‘Pensions Regulator’, Simon is frequently asked to judge industry awards, speak at events or quote for the press as a leading expert on employer covenant and wider pensions regulation.
Neil joined Capital Cranfield in August 2014 as Managing Director and a member of the company's board. He has extensive commercial and fiduciary experience working with pension funds over a 30-year career. At Citigroup, he established Citigroup Asset Management's European Retirement Services business and was a trustee of the UK pension scheme, where he chaired the investment committee. At Standard Life plc, he set up Standard Life Investments' European client business and was Director of Group Relationship Management.
Neil acted as independent chairman of the Kosovo Pension Savings Trust for seven years from its inception and was a member of the Expert Group on Russian Pension Reform. He also acts as the Council Director for the Conference Board's European Pension Council, a pan-European group of multinational corporate pension funds.
Ian is a Director at Muse Advisory and has 30 years’ expertise covering pension scheme management, administration and governance for both DB & DC schemes.
He advises trustees and companies on a wide range of strategic, operational and governance related issues. This includes advising, facilitating and challenging trustees on strategy and business plan development, as well as advising on operational and administration effectiveness. Ian also leads clients through the review, selection and implementation of advisers and suppliers to their scheme. He supports trustees when reviewing and enhancing governance of their DB and DC schemes, and he leads and supports the implementation of major pension change projects.
Head of Policy
Darren is active in the industry lobbying for change in pensions and financial services for the benefit of members and uses his experience of previous roles at the The People's Pension, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association and HM Treasury – where he was closely involved in the design of the UK’s flagship auto-enrolment programme. Darren is active within the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association through contributing to thought leadership and policy development work, and is currently vice chair of its master trust committee. He also recently chaired the pensions dashboard ABI-sponsored consumer research group. Darren sits on the PMI External Affairs Committee and is a governor of the independent Pensions Policy Institute.
Daniel is client director at Trafalgar House, a specialist pensions administrator based in the City of London. As client director, he is responsible for maintaining focus on delivering exceptional client service while supporting growth and innovation across the business.
Daniel has run third-party administration operations and helped to develop and implement new technology and communication solutions, all aimed at providing truly exceptional member and client experiences. Before joining Trafalgar House in 2016, Daniel held senior leadership roles covering operations, implementations, quality assurance and business development. Daniel also spent ten years as head of administration services a successful start-up third-party administrator.
Arc Pensions Law▼
Anne-Marie is on the main committee of the Association of Pension Lawyers (having chaired its education & seminars committee for a number of years) and is also a member of the audit & risk committee of the Pensions Management Institute. She has advised trustee and employer clients for over 20 years and last year acted for Hoover on its entry into a regulated apportionment arrangement (one of only two agreed in 2017). She co-founded boutique law firm, ARC Pensions Law in 2015.