Speakers List - Pensions and Benefits UK 2018

Keynote Speakers

Jack Dromey MP

Shadow Minister for Pensions

MP for Birmingham Erdington

Jack Dromey rose to prominence during the Grunwick strike in the 1970's. He went on to be elected the Deputy General Secretary of the Transport & General Workers Union and then the Deputy General Secretary of Unite. After being elected as Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington in 2010 he was appointed Shadow Housing Minister. He was instrumental in shaping Labour's policy to build 200,000 homes a year and transform the private rented sector.

In 2013, Jack was appointed Shadow Policing Minster. Prior to the election Jack undertook a Policing tour, visiting over 50 towns and cities across the UK and formulating Labour's Policing Pledge. In 2016 Jack was appointed Shadow Minister for Labour and in January 2018 was very pleased to become the Shadow Minister for Pensions.

At the recent General Election Jack was returned as the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington with an increased majority of over 7,000. In Parliament, Jack has been a champion of Erdington and Birmingham, campaigning for a fair deal for the City and for the West Midlands Police Service.


Robin Ellison


Pinsent Masons

Robin Ellison is a Partner at Pinsent Masons. He is a Director of the boards of a number of companies and is a Trustee of several pension funds, both as independent Trustee and as Chairman. He also practices as a Commercial Mediator.

He is a member of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) Pensions Panel. He was a Founder of the Association of Pensions Lawyers, being awarded its Wallace Prize in 1995. In 1997 he was elected the first solicitor Honorary Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute. He is the author of numerous books on pensions and is editor of Pensions Benefits Law Reports.


Jennie Kreser


Laytons LLP

Jennie specialises in occupational pension schemes, advising sponsoring employers or trustees of pension arrangements in this highly complex and important field of law. She has advised large multi-employer schemes as well as smaller single employer arrangements and has wide experience of both Defined Contribution and Defined Benefit schemes and the difficulties to which they can lead.

Jennie qualified in 1986 originally as a criminal prosecutor. Poacher turned gamekeeper, she now sits as a Magistrate in her local justice area and is an Approved Chairman.

She was a member of the Board of the Legal Complaints Service throughout its existence and was a member of its Audit Committee (now replaced by the Office for Legal Complaints). Jennie has worked in both industry (at a large Actuarial Consultancy) and in the Public Sector (as Legal Director of the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority - the predecessor of the current Pension Regulator). She has worked in Private Practice at a large City law firm as well as in a major South East law practice.

Roger Mattingly


PAN Trustees

Roger Mattingly is a Director of both PAN Trustees Limited and PAN Pensioneer Trustees Limited, a Principal of PAN Governance LLP and Managing Director of Guinness Mahon Trust Corporation. He has previously served as a main board Director of two leading Employee Benefits Consultants where he headed up the London Consulting team. During his 30 year pensions career, most of that time has been spent working with trustee boards. Roger is one of the most prominent professionals in pensions today, being the current President of the Society of Pension Consultants. He also sits on influential industry groups including the Pensions Regulator's Stakeholder Advisory Panel and the DWP's Policy Engagement Group. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is an editorial adviser to "Pensions: An International Journal" and "Pensions Insight."

Malcolm McLean OBE

Senior Consultant

Barnett Waddingham

Malcolm McLean is currently a Consultant with pension consultants and actuaries Barnett Waddingham.

He was previously for many years Chief Executive of The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS), in which capacity he built up a reputation as one of the country's leading experts on pensions across the board.

During his time in pensions Malcolm has won four major industry awards, as well as being appointed OBE in 1997. At the UK Pension Awards in 2007 (special 10th Anniversary Event) he received the award for the "Greatest Single Contribution to Occupational Pensions of the Decade".


Guy Opperman

Parliamentary Under-Secretary

Department for Work and Pensions

Guy Opperman was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017. He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Hexham in May 2010.

Guy has an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Buckingham and a first class diploma from the University of Lille, France. Guy was called to the Bar in 1989 and spent 20 years as a barrister - 15 years of which were spent predominantly at the criminal bar. Guy is an amateur jockey and rode his first win in 1985.


Lesley Titcomb

Chief Executive

The Pensions Regulator

Lesley Titcomb became Chief Executive of The Pensions Regulator on 2 March 2015.

Previously, she was Chief Operating Officer at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), responsible for the FCA's operational platform, and was also a member of the FCA's Board. She has led the work to deliver the transition to the FCA from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and oversaw the work to bring the regulation of consumer credit from the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to the FCA.

Lesley joined the FCA's predecessor-but-one, the Securities and Investments Board (SIB), in 1994 after qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst and Young. She held a wide range of posts covering both regulatory and operational issues at the SIB and the FSA. In January 2006 she was appointed Director of Regulatory Transactions and in February 2007 became Director responsible for the supervision of small firms, including financial advisers, mortgage brokers and insurance intermediaries. In July 2010, she was appointed Acting Chief Operating Officer and joined the Executive Committee. On transition to the FCA she was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of the new organisation and joined the Board as one of its four executive members.

On 1 January 2017 Lesley was appointed as an independent non-executive director of National Bank of Kuwait (International) PLC.

Lesley read Classics at St Anne's College, Oxford.


Roberto Cagnati

Managing Director, Co-Head Portfolio Management

Partners Group

Roberto Cagnati is Co-Head of the Portfolio Management business unit and member of the Global Portfolio Committee, based in Zug. He has been with Partners Group since 2004 and has 14 years of industry experience. Prior to joining Partners Group, he had assignments at Deutsche Bank Asset Management and Credit Suisse Private Banking. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany.

Cilla Christmas

DC Delivery Manager

Civil Service Pension Scheme

Cilla is responsible for leading the transition of the Civil Service DC pension schemes to Legal & General in September 2018. Cilla joined Civil Service Pensions in January 2017 from The Pensions Advisory Service where she led the Technical Support Unit for the Pension Wise telephony unit. Prior to that she undertook specialist pensions technical roles for Lloyds Banking Group. She is a member of the Personal Finance Society and the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Kevin Hughes

Pension Technical, Strategy and Specialist Projects

Civil Service Pension Scheme

Kevin is responsible for a variety of specialist change projects within the Civil Service pension arrangements, and led the procurement of a new Defined Contribution provider for the pension scheme in 2016. Kevin joined Cabinet Office (the Civil Service pension scheme manager) in 2012 from DWP, where he was head of private pension analysis.