Speakers List - Defined Contribution Conference 2019

Keynote Speaker

Chris Curry


Pensions Policy Institute

Chris Curry was recently appointed on a part-time basis as Principal of the Pensions Dashboards Industry Delivery Group at the Money and Pensions Service. Pensions Dashboards will ensure people throughout the UK have easy access to key information about what pensions they have, who manages them and what they are worth, revolutionising how people engage with their pensions throughout their lives.

Chris also brings valuable expertise and insight gained in his other role as the Director of the Pensions Policy Institute (where he will continue to work part-time). Chris has worked on important projects such as the DWP Auto-Enrolment Review Advisory Group in 2017, where he was co-chair and led on providing advice on the theme of Contributions.

At the PPI Chris has authored and presented a number of research reports analysing pensions (including state, private and public sector pensions), pension reforms and other provision for retirement income.

Chris started his career as an Economic Adviser at the Department of Social Security (now the Department for Work and Pensions), before joining the ABI as Senior Economist.

Chris has a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Warwick, and an MSc in Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.


Matthew Arends

Partner & Head of UK Retirement Policy


Matthew Arends is an actuary, Partner and Head of UK Retirement Policy for Aon. He has over 25 years' experience advising boards of corporates and trustees in relation to their DB and DC pension arrangements.

Matthew is the strategic consultant and relationship manager on a portfolio of clients of a range of sizes, typically being clients who have significant pensions challenges and who look to him for his proactive approach to problem solving.

Matthew is one of Aon's industry-leading experts on Collective DC. He was instrumental in developing Aon's thinking on CDC starting in 2013 and culminating in the White Papers The Case for Collective DC and Collective DC - Stability and Fairness. He continues to work with industry figures and employers to lobby for CDC and to develop thinking on CDC.

He is a regular speaker at conferences - chairing Aon's Pension Conference series, and is a regular contact for journalists on pensions issues.

Chris Inman

Investment Principal


Chris leads Aon's DC investment advisory service as well as being a member of the DC investment committee. As part of this role he is responsible for ensuring that the investment consulting services provided to DC pension plans in the UK evolve to meet their changing needs and are tailored to the unique requirements of their members. He also has an active role in 'thought leadership' with a large focus being on the translation of the best investment ideas available to the market into investable strategies for all of Aon's DC clients. Chris brings a truly global perspective with his formative years in the investment industry spent providing investment advice and managing assets of DC pension plans in Australia, the Middle East and South East Asia.

Alistair Jones

Client Strategy Director – Institutional Group


Alistair serves as a Director in SEI's Client Strategy Team where he is responsible for formulating and delivering investment strategies for institutional investors in the UK, mainland Europe and Asia.

Alistair has 18 years' experience. Prior to joining SEI Alistair spent seven years as a Strategist within the Portfolio Solutions Team at Schroders, where he advised institutional investors on strategic asset allocation. His specialisms include designing liability matching, multi-asset and defined contribution investment strategies. Prior to Schroders, Alistair was an Investment Consultant at Aon focusing on investment strategy and derivatives. He started his career on the liability side of the balance sheet working in Watson Wyatt's actuarial team (now Willis Towers Watson).

Alistair has worked with a wide range of asset owners including Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution pension funds as well as charities, institutions and private clients.

Meaghan Muldoon

EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing


Meaghan Muldoon, Managing Director, is EMEA Head of Sustainable Investing at BlackRock. 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 process, and creating solutions for our clients to achieve sustainable investment returns. In this capacity, Meaghan is a member of BlackRock's ESG and Policy Committee. Previously, Meaghan served as a Managing Director and Liaison to BlackRock's Board of Directors within the Corporate Strategy team, where she led the Board of Directors function and managed a rage of complex strategy projects.

Prior to joining BlackRock in 2016, Ms. Muldoon served for more than seven years as a fiscal and economic policy advisor in the Obama Administration. Most recently, she served as Counselor to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, coordinating the Department's fiscal, domestic, and economic policy efforts, and leading cross-functional teams on issues including infrastructure investment, tax policy, retirement policy, higher education finance, and financial inclusion.

In previous roles, Ms. Muldoon served at the White House as Deputy Assistant to the President and Policy Advisor to the Chief of Staff, as Associate Director to the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (Bowles-Simpson Commission), and as a lead advisor to three Directors of the Office of Management and Budget.

Ms. Muldoon earned a Bachelor of Arts in government, cum laude, from Georgetown University, and a Master of Public Policy from Duke University.

Anish Rav

Head of Clients, Proposition and Strategy


Anish is part of the Atlas Executive team and is Head of Clients, Proposition and Strategy. He is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and has over 22 years' experience of providing pension and employee benefit consultancy advice. Anish has advised many large trustee and corporate clients on the issues faced by both defined contribution and defined benefit pension schemes and has been in involved in developing Master Trusts since 2012.

Jon Millidge

Pensions Director

Royal Mail Group

Jon Millidge has been Pensions Director since June 2019 and is also the Pension Scheme Trustee of the Royal Mail Defined Contribution Plan.

He has previously worked as Chief Risk and Governance Officer from June 2018, Group HR Director from February 2014 and joined Royal Mail in 1985 as a graduate. He was worked across number of the business functions within the group and was the Company Secretary during the IPO.


Jonathan Stapleton


Professional Pensions

Jonathan is Editor of both Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings and Benefits. He has responsibility for Professional Pensions and Workplace Savings and Benefits Magazines and the websites www.professionalpensions.com and www.wsandb.co.uk.

Jonathan has 12 years' experience in journalism, beginning his career writing for a magazine dealing with the debt and capital markets of Russia and East/Central Europe before beginning to write about pensions in 2001.
He obtained the PMI's Retirement Provision Certificate at the end of 2009 and was named SPC Journalist of the Year in 2011.