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Plenary Speakers

Steven Bell

Steven Bell is BMO Global Asset Management EMEA’s Chief Economist and Global Macro fund manager

Steven joined BMO after seven years running a successful Global Macro hedge fund at GLC Ltd.. Before that, he spent 20 years at Deutsche Bank and predecessor companies as Global Chief Economist.

Steven has economics degrees from the London School of Economics and Stanford University and started his career as an Economic Adviser at the UK Treasury. He appears regularly on TV and radio and has written numerous articles and books on finance and economics. 

Nicholas Bonello

Nicholas Bonello is a capital actuary with Tokio Marine Kiln. Prior to starting an actuarial career, Nicholas was carrying out research on a number of diverse areas including wireless communications, microeconomics and statistical genetics.

Philip Brown

Philip Brown has worked in financial services for over 28 years, with most of his experience focused on pensions and retirement income products. During this time he has worked as a Senior Policy Associate on high level projects at the Financial Services Authority, as well as being the Head of Customer Services and Technical Administration, managing the vesting process for a large back book of varied pension and life products.  Most recently he has been with LV= for over 4 years and is currently Head of Policy.

Philip has been an active member of a number of industry trade bodies over the years including: the ABI Retirement and Savings Committee; the Chair of the ILAG Savings Strategy Group; a Founder member of and a Management Board Member of PICA; the Chair of the Options Steering Board; a member of the Money Advice Service Independent Review Panel; Chair of the Retirement Planning Financial Capability Strategy Steering Group, as well as a member of the ABI Retirement Market Working Group.

Martin Burke

Martin Burke serves as a Director and Chief Risk Officer of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting at Lloyd’s, a Lloyd’s Managing Agency, and additionally serves as CRO for MSIG Holdings (Europe) Ltd. Martin is also a non-Executive member of the Actuarial Council of the Financial Reporting Council. Martin has always worked in the Lloyd’s and London Market, having previously worked in Catlin Group’s Enterprise Risk Management team, served as Head of UK Reporting and the Catlin Syndicate’s Finance Director. Prior to the merger of Catlin and Wellington Underwriting, Martin held a number of actuarial roles at Wellington, having initially undertaken his actuarial training with Commercial Union. Martin read Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt University and qualified as an actuary in 2001, he is also a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary.

Michelle Cracknell

Michelle Cracknell was appointed as Chief Executive of the Pensions Advisory Service in 2013. She started her career as a pensions consultant, qualifying as a Pensions Actuary in 1997. Her work involved giving advice to companies on their pension arrangements. In 2007, she joined Skandia as the Strategy Director followed by a period as a consultant specialising in pensions. Her key desire has been to make pensions more accessible in order that people can be comfortable to make proper provision for their retirement.

Paul Craven

Paul Craven is a coach and consultant in the area of behavioural economics. His insights into how and why people make decisions allow Paul to talk on everything from markets to marketing. Paul is particularly interested by the common behavioural traits seen in financial market bubbles, and his talks are full of historical examples and stories going back to “Tulipmania” in the 17th century up to the present day. One of his main themes is that people are not always as rational as they would like to think they are – and psychology is the key that unlocks the secret to improved chances of success in business.

Paul has developed his expertise over 27 years’ experience in the pensions industry, in both portfolio investment, business development and coaching roles. He retired from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2013 after six years with the firm, latterly as the Head of Institutional Business for Europe. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Paul worked at PIMCO Europe Ltd for four years, where he was head of UK Business Development. Previously, he spent seventeen years at Schroders as a portfolio manager and later as head of UK Institutional Sales.

Dr. Aubrey de Grey

Dr. Aubrey de Grey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Research Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) biomedical research charity that performs and funds laboratory research dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He received his BA in computer science and Ph.D. in biology from the University of Cambridge. His research interests encompass the characterisation of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging and the design of interventions to repair and/or obviate that damage. 

Dr. de Grey is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organisations. He is a highly sought-after speaker who gives 40-50 invited talks per year at scientific conferences, universities, companies in areas ranging from pharma to life insurance, and to the public.

Ashok Gupta

Ashok Gupta divides his time between directorships and entrepreneurial activities. He chairs AA Insurance Services and eValue Investment Solutions. He is also an non-executive director of New Ireland Assurance, a JP Morgan Investment Trust, the Ethical Journalism Network and is a member of the FRC Codes and Standards Committee and Actuarial Council. He was recently joint deputy chair of a Bank of England Working Group on Procyclicality. He was formerly Chairman of Skandia UK, a Founder of the Phoenix Group, an NED of the Pensions Regulator and J Rothschild Assurance plc (now St James Place Capital). His executive career has included Group Strategy Director at CGU (now Aviva), FD & Actuary of Scottish Amicable and a Principal of Towers Perrin.

Justin Hughes

Justin Hughes is Managing Director of Mission Excellence, an organisational performance consultancy focused on improving clients' execution – closing the gap between what gets talked about and planned, and what gets delivered. Methodology is based on consultants’ personal experience of delivering results in complex high-pressure environments. Interventions are delivered in 2 main areas: Operational Excellence and Risk and Safety Management. 

Justin built Mission Excellence from a zero base, managing both business growth and overseeing the development and delivery of consultancy and training services for clients throughout Europe, the Middle and Far East and Africa.

Trevor Llanwarne

Trevor Llanwarne has worked most recently as Government Actuary and before then at PwC, Sun Life and Pointon York.

Over the years, Trevor has concentrated on pensions but working as Government Actuary has given him senior level experience of life, health and general insurance as well. Trevor has been involved in risk management for over 30 years with a wealth of experience gained as a partner at PwC for over 15 years. In recent years, he has been working to help government deliver strategic effective and efficient risk management in government

Jo Lo

Jo Lo heads the actuarial R&D work in Aspen Re, which takes him into a variety of actuarial, risk and cat risk activities.  Parallel to his internal role, he is an enthusiastic supporter of research in the profession and is currently serving as a member of the IFoA’s GIRO committee.

Peter Naylor

Peter Naylor has over 30 years’ experience in delivering consultancy, service and research projects to the upstream oil and gas industry.  He is a Subject Matter Expert in Decision Risk Analysis and helps managers to make complex decisions, taking full account of both uncertainty and diverse stakeholder objectives.  He also has an extensive track record in Project Risk Management and helps managers to achieve their objectives on time and within budget.  He has worked within integrated teams on a wide range of projects including oil & gas field appraisal and development strategies, refurbishment of large scale processing facilities and asset integrity management.  Previously, Pete was the manager of a Special Core Analysis Laboratory, which featured reservoir condition in-situ saturation measurements.

Prior to working in the oil and gas industry, he was responsible for research into large-scale steam explosions in support of the civil nuclear power program