The 21st Annual Conference on Annuities and Drawdown

Funding the
New Retirement Journey

This conference has already taken place but you can order the event visuals and sound track from our Information Centre

  • Date & Time
    1st - 2nd Nov 2017
  • Location

    Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel 

    46 Westferry Circus 

    Canary Wharf 

    London E14 8RS

Conference Overview

This is our 21st annual retirement income conference – an event firmly established as the yearly meeting point for market specialists. Although known as ‘The Annual Conference on Annuities and Drawdown’ since its inception in 1997, we have since broadened the subject matter and changed the emphasis of the title to better reflect the pension freedom era.

This year’s event will provide a holistic perspective on funding retirement: looking at the increasingly multi-faceted retirement journey that individuals take – from pre-retirement through to later life – and considering all sources of income and wealth. In particular it will explore the role of the industry, employers, regulators and policymakers in developing the products, support and environment that will help individuals to optimally utilise their resources in an era of greater freedom but also increased complexity and individual responsibility.

Please see the brochure for the full agenda.


We have assembled an outstanding cast of speakers to discuss the latest market developments and share their thoughts on the way ahead for the industry and the nature of retirement itself, including contributions from: 

Rt Hon David Gauke MP 
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  

Debbie Abrahams MP 
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 

Andy Briggs 
Chief Executive Officer, UK Insurance 

David Geale
Director of Policy

Kerrigan Procter 
Chief Executive Officer, Legal & General Retirement 

Charles Counsell 
Chief Executive Officer 

Keith Richards 
Chief Executive Officer 

John Perks 
Managing Director, Life and Pensions 

Stephen Lowe
Group Communications Director

Nigel Aston 
Global Head of DC Proposition and Strategy 

Yvonne Sonsino 
Partner, Innovation Leader 

For details of all 22 speakers, please see the brochure. 




The conference is being held at the Canary Riverside Plaza, 46 Westferry Circus, London E14 8RS. Tel 020 7510 1999. This is a five star hotel close to the heart of the financial district of Canary Wharf, overlooking the water. It is of modern, spacious design with a purpose built function room. It is conveniently located near Westferry and Canary Wharf on the DLR and Canary Wharf on the Jubilee Line. Please click for a map.

Canary Riverside Plaza


What is Included

The Standard Delegate Ticket – £1280+VAT for both days or £640+VAT for one day – includes speaker documentation, printed copies of visuals, refreshments on arrival, mid-morning and mid-afternoon, pre-lunch drinks, lunch with wine and the post conference pack.

The Multiple Delegate Ticket – £1160+VAT each for both days or £580+VAT each for one day – covers exactly the same as the standard ticket but at a reduced rate where three or more delegates from the same company are registered at the same time.

The Special Rate Ticket, is applicable to certain trustees of pension schemes where trusteeship is their primary role, small IFA firms, registered charities and other categories designated by us from time to time. 

Lunch is included with all registrations and is an important part of the day’s networking. If you have special requirements (vegetarian, dairy free, no shell fish etc) we can cater for you if we know in advance. Please use the message facility or call us on 020 7582 6516.

What is Not Included

Travel to and from the venue and overnight accommodation if required is the responsibility of individual delegates and not included in the registration fee. If it is required it must be separately booked. Because prices charged by London hotels change almost daily we are unable to quote firm room rates. Apart from the anticipated occupancy levels on any specific date, rates vary according to when the booking is made. We are, however, able to make suggestions of nearby hotels worth considering. We shall be happy to assist with any queries if you call 020 7582 6516.

Terms and Conditions. The full fee becomes payable on registration and should be paid prior to the event. Terms of business are in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act.

Payment Methods. The preferred method of payment is bank to bank transfer or debit card. If required we are able to accept payment by credit card but are obliged to apply a 2% fee to cover bank charges.

Cancellations, in writing only, received and acknowledged 14 clear days prior to an event are subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Registrations or cancellations made within the 14 day period prior to an event are payable in full in all circumstances.

Substitutions. There is no extra charge for substitutions as long as we are notified before the conference starts and any replacement is from the same company. Substitutions for part of the conference only are not possible.

No Sharing or Splitting. Each registration applies to one named person only. Registrations cannot be shared or split between different people even if they are present for different parts of the day.

Non-Appearance on the day is chargeable, whether or not the invoice has been paid.

Programme Changes. Every effort is made to keep to the published programme but occasionally speaker, venue or timetable changes are unavoidable. The right to change arrangements without liability is reserved and no liability is accepted for consequential loss.

This is the annual meeting point for the retirement income industry, attracting a specialised and numerous audience of thought leaders and senior decision makers representing the leading players in the retirement market. Our networking and promotional opportunities are a cost effective way to make valuable contacts and promote your company, brand, product or service. Please click here for more details.

Stand 3


If you are unable to attend the conference but would like to know what was discussed, you can pre-order the event soundtrack and visuals from our Information Centre