Speakers List - Professional Pensions Scheme Funding Summit 2018

Keynote Speakers

Fiona Frobisher

Head of Policy

The Pensions Regulator

Fiona Frobisher is Head of Policy at the Pensions Regulator with responsibility for producing regulatory strategies, policies and products to help schemes, trustees and employers fulfil their duties and to ensure that TPR's regulatory objectives are met.
Fiona joined Opra (the Pension Regulator's predecessor) in 2002 before which she worked in the voluntary sector specialising in welfare legislation.
Her current priorities are raising the standards of governance in all pension schemes, defining the regulatory standards for authorisation and supervision of master trust schemes and addressing how the regulation of defined benefit funding can be made more effective.

David Taylor

General Counsel

The Pension Protection Fund

David Taylor is General Counsel at the Pension Protection Fund. He is responsible for the PPF's legal and compliance functions as well as the development, communication and maintenance of the PPF strategic plan. He also leads on policy development and implementation in relation to the pension protection levy. He is a member of the PPF Board and its Executive Committee.
David joined the Pension Protection Fund in October 2005, shortly after the organisation opened its doors for business. Before that he worked as a corporate and commercial lawyer in private practice, first at Linklaters and then at US firm WilmerHale.


Joe D'Abrowski

Head of DB, LGPS, and Standards, PLSA


Joe joined the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association in February 2016. Joe leads the team with responsibility for policy areas including defined benefit provision, LGPS and standards.
Before joining the PLSA, Joe spent nine years at the Pension Protection Fund. Joe's last role at the PPF was Head of Chief Executive's Office, and before that he managed PPF policy and strategy. Earlier in his career he worked in policy and operational roles within central Government, including the Home Office and Defra.
Joe has a BA in English and American Literature from Warwick University.

Adrian Jones

Director, Alternative Assets

Allianz Global Investors

Adrian Jones is a senior portfolio manager within the Alternative Assets division at Allianz Global Investors. Adrian has worked in capital markets for nearly 25 years on both the ‘buy side' and ‘sell side', developing new investment opportunities including repackaging traditional banking products for institutional investment.

As a key founding member of the Allianz Global Investors Infrastructure Debt investment platform, Adrian has helped to give pension funds and insurance investors access to infrastructure debt products traditionally financed by banks in investor-friendly private bond format, including raising and managing two sterling investment closed-ended funds.

Before joining Allianz Global Investors in 2012, Adrian worked for MBIA UK Insurance Limited where he structured transactions for investors in the European public finance and real assets sector, including credit insurance products, asset-swaps and other repackaging transactions. Following the financial crisis Adrian was extensively involved in restructuring and work-outs resulting from the downgrade of the financial sector including the ultimate parent of MBIA UK Insurance Ltd itself.

Adrian has experience in commercial banking and investment banking, insurance and asset management. He has worked in M&A, financial advisory (for private and public sector clients), corporate and project debt arranging and equity investment (including serving as a director of private companies acquired as part of investment strategies), asset repackaging and restructuring.

Adrian started his career with ANZ Investment Bank and subsequently worked for Schroders/Citigroup, Deloitte, and MBIA UK. He holds an MA from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University.


Howard Kearns

Longevity Pricing Director

Insight Investment

Howard joined Insight's Financial Solutions Group as a Longevity Pricing Director in March 2017. He is responsible for developing Insight's longevity pricing and structuring capabilities. Prior to joining Insight, Howard spent four years at State Street Global Advisors as Head of LDI. Before this, Howard held executive director positions at Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse and Nomura, where his responsibilities included pensions, insurance and longevity structuring. He has also been an in-house advisor for the BT Pension Scheme. Howard started his career in 1997 as an actuary at Watson Wyatt. He holds a BSc and MPhil in Mathematics, both from the University of Manchester. Howard also holds an MSc in Financial Maths from Heriot-Watt University and has been a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries since 2001.

Simon Kew

Director & Head of National Strategy, Pensions


Simon is well known within the pensions industry and has gathered a unique skillset and range of experience that includes building an employer covenant practice with a boutique accountancy firm and a period of three years at the Pensions Regulator. During this time he led on some of the UK's largest pension schemes and became a key link between the regulator and government departments, including the DWP, BIS and Downing Street. Simon joined Deloitte to help their national team build on their successes across the covenant assessment and advisory market, assisting trustees and sponsors of pension schemes to navigate, what is proving to be, a very challenging and evolving period for the industry.

Sarah Leslie

Head of UK Fiduciary Management

Russell Investments

Sarah began working with Russell Investments' fiduciary management clients and prospects in 2009. Since then, Sarah has assisted in developing the firms' fiduciary business, including; working with prospects to understand the fiduciary management industry and how fiduciary management can assist them; working with clients to understand their challenges and to develop a fiduciary management service that will help address those challenges and meet their goals; and working internally and externally to develop the fiduciary management services offered to clients and prospects. Prior to working with Russell Investments, Sarah worked at Mercer (from 2004) and AonHewitt (from 2007), initially as an investment consultant and latterly with their fiduciary management clients. Sarah has been working with trustees in the investment industry for over a decade, and has experience in working with small pension schemes (under £10m) to large pension schemes (over £1bn).

Naomi L'Estrange

Trustee Director

2020 Trustees

Naomi has nearly twenty years' experience in pensions and has built a formidable reputation in the field.
After ten years as a pension lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, she was seconded to Government to advise on the establishment of the PPF and the moral hazard provisions of the Pensions Act 2004, with particular responsibility for addressing the complex issues arising in multi-employer plans.
Naomi is committed to the reduction of complexity and wasted cost in pensions. A trained executive coach, her chairing style is effective and inclusive, and leads to clear, robust, constructive and good humoured communication in the interests of members and employers alike.
Naomi was awarded Trustee of the Year at the inaugural Women in Pensions Awards in June 2018 and was recently appointed to the Financial Reporting Council's Actuarial Council.

Hugh Nolan, FIA


Spence & Partners

Hugh is an experienced consultant on all types of pension schemes, acting as Scheme Actuary, corporate adviser and independent trustee. He also has a key management role within Spence & Partners and industry roles with the Society of Pension Professionals (SPP) and Association of Consulting Actuaries (ACA).

Hugh joined Spence in April 2016 having held a variety of senior roles in several major pension consultancies since 1989. He was Chief Actuary at one of our large competitors until 2016 and is currently the President of the SPP. Hugh has also sat on the Main Committee of the ACA and chairs the ACA's Defined Contribution Committee. He has been a regular commentator in the press on pension issues.


Tom Partridge

Partner, Financial Advisory - Pensions


Tom leads the Deloitte covenant assessment practice. His experience includes advising trustees and corporates in valuation, acquisition, refinancing, and restructuring scenarios.
Tom has completed secondments in the Scheme Funding team at the Pensions Regulator and the Business Support team at Lloyds Banking Group.

Rosalind Scott-Douglas

Fiduciary Manager


Rosalind Scott-Douglas is a Fiduciary Manager at Schroders, responsible for the design and oversight of clients' investment strategies. She joined Schroders in 2013 and is based in London.

Before joining Schroders, between 2008 and 2013, Rosalind was an Investment Consultant at Towers Watson where she was responsible for the design and implementation of investment strategies on behalf of UK pension scheme clients. 

Qualifications: CFA Charterholder; MMath in Mathematics University of St Andrews.


Stephanie Baxter

Deputy Editor

Professional Pensions

Stephanie Baxter is Deputy Editor of Professional Pensions.
She joined the publication as Chief Correspondent in 2014 before becoming News Editor in 2016.

Stephanie has worked as a financial journalist for more than seven years, writing about pensions, investment management, and asset servicing.

Before Professional Pensions she was Online Editor at Global Investor/ISF, a Euromoney-owned title, which she joined in 2011.