Time for Change

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  • Date & Time
    12th Jul 2017
    8.30am - 5.00pm
  • Location

    Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel 

    46 Westferry Circus 

    Canary Wharf 

    London E14 8RS

Conference Overview

The sustainability of the UK’s private sector defined benefit pension system has long been debated but in 2016 attracted particular public scrutiny as a result of the BHS saga and other high profile schemes facing difficulty. Along with soaring deficits over the past year, this has driven increasing calls for change.

In February 2017, the DWP’s Green Paper ‘Security and Sustainability in Defined Benefit Pension Schemes’, suggested there is not an affordability crisis but clearly acknowledged scope for improvement and outlined an extensive range of options for consultation. Importantly, it also echoed wider views that stakeholders may not be fully utilising existing flexibilities that could help them meet their objectives.

Although the outcome from the Green Paper is not yet known, it has added focus to the discussion. Policy makers are in listening mode and the growing momentum for reform is an opportunity not to be missed. Now is the Time for Change.

The purpose of this event is to bring together a wide variety of stakeholders to discuss the best way forward. It will include detailed analysis of the Green Paper’s key themes and discuss some of the consultation submissions. It will also focus on ways to improve DB within the current framework. It is intended to combine forward thinking with practical discussion for the here and now.


An outstanding speaker line-up includes:

Alan Rubenstein
Chief Executive

Mark Boyle

Sir Steve Webb, Chris Curry, Darren Redmayne, Stefan Lundbergh, Raj Mody, Alan Pickering, Faith Dickson, Ashok Gupta, John Towner, Paul Murphy, Peter Routledge, Arron Slocombe and Alex Waite.

 For full details please request 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 at £650 + VAT total £780 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 at £545 per person 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 pension scheme sponsors and trustees of pension schemes where trusteeship is their primary role, at the discretion of the organisers. Please call 020 75826516 for details.

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. The full fee becomes payable on registration and should be paid prior to the event. 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.

If you wish to promote your brand, product or service at the event we have a range of competitively priced packages available. Please click here for more details.

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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