Speakers List - Defined Contribution Conference 2019


Steve Charlton

Defined Contribution Managing Director (EMEA & Asia)


Steve joined SEI in 2017 as SEI's Defined Contribution Managing Director for EMEA & Asia. In his role, he is responsible for building upon the success of SEI's UK DC proposition across global markets.

Steve has 30 years' experience in the pensions industry, with particular expertise in defined contribution plans. He joined SEI from Vanguard Asset Management where he was most recently their Defined Contribution Manager for Europe.


Duncan Howorth

Executive Chairman


Duncan joined ITM as Executive Chairman in 2016 working with the current management team to support ITM's expansion in the wider financial services arena, whilst also growing the ITM business in its traditional markets of consulting and software. Duncan was previously CEO, UK Employee Benefits and International Chairman, Employee Benefits at JLT.

David Hutchins

Portfolio Manager, Multi-Asset Solutions


David Hutchins is a Senior Vice President and Head of AB's Multi-Asset Solutions business in EMEA. He is responsible for the development and management of multi-asset portfolios for a range of clients. Hutchins joined the firm in 2008 after spending two years at UBS Investment Bank, where he was responsible for devising and delivering innovative capital markets risk-management solutions for pension schemes. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Mercer, where he served as a European principal and scheme actuary, providing trustee and corporate advice to a range of UK pension funds and their sponsors. Hutchins holds a BSc in mathematics and a PGCE from the University of Bristol. He has chaired the Investment Management Association's Defined Contribution Committee and formerly chaired the defined contribution industry working group for the UK government's "defined ambition" project. Hutchins is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Steven Leigh

Senior Consultant


Steven has over 20 years' experience working with a diverse range of schemes on all aspects of DC pension provision and wider benefits strategy. Steven works with many of Aon's key DC clients, advising corporates and trustee boards to ensure they effectively manage their pension strategy, maximise value, implement effective governance, meet regulatory duties and ultimately improve outcomes for members. Steven has led much of Aon's DC research into member behaviours and expectations and how schemes and sponsoring employers are adapting to the changing pensions landscape.

Merrick Styles

Multi-Asset Fund Manager


Merrick joined Schroders in January 2019 and is based in London, as a Fund manager in the Diversified Growth team.

Prior to joining Schroders, Merrick was a Multi-Asset fund manager at Barings and Chaired the Asset Allocation Group. Previously he worked at Amundi, where he became the Co-Head of Investments.

Merrick's extensive experience offers a deep insight in managing equities, bonds, credit, currencies and alternatives across developed and emerging markets.


Rona Train


Hymans Robertson

Rona is a Partner and Senior Consultant who specialises in DC investment and governance.

With over 30 years in the industry, Rona brings a wealth of experience as well as a passion for developing strategies that meet the unique memberships of DC schemes. Having worked in both fund management and consultancy, Rona currently advises a number of Hymans Robertson's largest DC clients as well as chairing the governance committee of the Hymans Robertson Staff Pension Plan. In 2018 Rona won Adviser of the Year at the inaugural Professional Pensions Women in Pensions Awards.


Anish Rav

Head of DC Strategy and Proposition


Anish leads the DC strategy and proposition development at Capita. He is a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute and has more than 20 years' experience of providing pension and employee benefit consultancy advice. He has advised many large trustee and corporate clients on the issues they face, developing tools, processes and workable solutions to manage them on an on-going basis whilst aiming to improve member outcomes.

Keynote Speakers

Louise Sivyer

Policy Manager, Regulatory Policy Directorate

The Pensions Regulator

Louise Sivyer is a policy manager in TPR's Regulatory Policy Directorate. Louise joined the Regulator in 2007, and has worked in both policy and operational teams, across issues relating to both DB and DC.

In her current role Louise manages a team responsible for developing policy relating to the Governance and Administration of trust based pension schemes, including TPR's 21st Century Trustee initiative, and the regulation of DC schemes more widely. She previously led on the development of the DC Code of Practice published in 2016.

Before joining the Regulator, Louise spent 12 years working in the pensions industry in technical roles ranging across the pension mis-selling review, third party pension administration, and TPAS (The Pensions Advisory Service).


Julia Fox

Senior Writer


Julia Fox is a Senior Writer and Workshop Leader with Quietroom, an agency that specialises in thinking and writing. Julia and her team work closely with pension providers and regulatory bodies to improve the way we communicate with members, and get them better engaged with their financial futures. Before joining Quietroom, Julia worked in financial services for several years, leading a team of writers for Barclays PLC.


Stephanie Baxter

Deputy Editor

Professional Pensions

Stephanie Baxter is deputy editor of Professional Pensions.

She joined Professional Pensions as chief correspondent in July 2014 before being promoted to news editor in 2016, and then deputy editor in 2017.
Stephanie has written across a range of pension topics including fund management, defined benefit scheme funding, local government pensions, and regulation.

Stephanie has been a financial journalist for nine years.
She joined Professional Pensions from her role as online editor at Global Investor/ISF, a Euromoney-owned title covering the asset servicing, asset management and securities finance sectors.

Stephanie was awarded Institutional Journalist of the Year in the Kames Capital Awards 2018, and Journalist of the Year in the Incisive Media Awards 2018. She was also named Journalist of the Year (Pensions) at the State Street UK Institutional Press Awards 2017.

Outside of pensions, Stephanie enjoys running, going to the theatre, ballet and music gigs.