“Correcting the biggest avoidable UK public policy failure of recent decades”


The CISI is running an event on Wednesday 25th October which has the most extraordinary agenda and a magnificent speaker line-up that I doubt will be equalled this year.

Pensions has been one of the biggest avoidable public policy crises in our generation; the problems came to a head in last autumn’s bond market turmoil around LDIs.

In this major event, featuring experts such as economist Professor Sir John Kay, former Bank of England Governor Lord (Mervyn King), and former Pensions Minister and now LCP Partner Sir Steve Webb – plus a host of others, a dozen speakers in all – we will probe the future for one of the most important financial assets in most of our clients’ lives.

It’s free to C I S I members and £50 to the rest of us, which is something of a bargain.

Here are the essential  details


Risk and uncertainty in the pensions world

Correcting the biggest avoidable UK public policy failure of recent decades


Willis Towers Watson, 51 Lime Street, London, EC3M 7DQ


October 25th 2023


14:00 Registration


14:30 Welcome and introduction

  • Harriet Agnew, Asset Management Editor, Financial Times


14:35 Manage risk, embrace uncertainty

  • Professor Sir John Kay, co-author Radical Uncertainty


15:15 Escape from Model Land

  • Erica Thompson, Associate Professor, University College, London and author, Escape from Model Land


15:35 The background

  • Robin Ellison, Chairman, College of Lawmakers


  • Professor Geoffrey Whittington, University of Cambridge


How it all worked out

  • Con Keating, Head of Research, Brighton Rock Group
  • Iain Clacher, Professor of Pensions and Finance and Pro Dean International, University of Leeds


16:30 Break


17:00 Issues in practice

  • Derek Benstead, Senior Consultant, First Actuarial
  • Jon Exley, Schroders
  • Professor Dennis Leech, University of Warwick
  • Jackie Grant, Finance & Pensions Officer, Sussex UCU [TBC]


17:45 The way ahead

  • Michael Tory, Tony Blair Institute
  • Sir Steve Webb, Partner, LCP and former Pensions Minister
  • Martin White, ‘Savers Take Control’
  • Robert Laslett, former Chief Economist for Pensions, Department for Work and Pensions


18:30 Pensions within the financial system

  • Lord (Mervyn) King, former Governor, Bank of England co-author, Radical Uncertainty


18:55 Summary and close – Harriet Agnew


19:00 Drinks reception


If you can go , go. If you can’t go, I hope to report on it.


To register – press this link

About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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2 Responses to “Correcting the biggest avoidable UK public policy failure of recent decades”

  1. Allan Martin says:

    Sadly the biggest and avoidable UK public policy failure of recent decades doesn’t appear to be on the agenda.

    That failure is recognition of £2tn+ of index linked DB pension liabilities being promised for 5m deserving public sector workers on the assumption of real GDP growth of ~3% per annum. The intergenerational transfer of liability brings comparison to a Ponzi scheme.

  2. Martin T says:

    Sadly I won’t be able to make this event but agree it’s a great line up. I take heart that several of the speakers are regular contributors to Pension Playpen events. Perhaps the others might be persuaded to take a turn too?
    In the meantime I’m sure I can rely on you to report a summary of the event.

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