Event Details - IAPF Benefits Conference Week 'Challenging Times'

When: Note this is a multi day event, starting 19/10/2021 for 10am - 11.15am each day and finishing on 21/10/2021
Where: Online Conference | Event link & further information will be emailed to you upon registration
Cost: IAPF Member - Pension Scheme Representative (Non Practitioner): Free of Charge, Members: €125, Non Members: €250, IAPF Member - Practitioner (Organisations that provide professional services to pension funds): €125,

Sponsored By

Erin Research

Irish Life



With the transposition of the IORP II Directive, the Pensions Authority’s Code of Practice, the reappearance of inflation, greater focus on sustainable investment, reform of the State Pension, Auto-enrolment and simplification, it is clear there are challenging times ahead for pension schemes and trustees. This conference will examine some of these key challenges, looking at policy and regulatory reform, the challenges and opportunities in a Master Trust World, risk-management, the challenges for trustees, the difficulties in keeping in contact with members and former members.

Join live or watch back on demand. 


This Conference will be allocated 3 CPD hours by the IAPF for on-going trustee training requirements. We received CPD hours from the LIA ,the IOB and the IIPM under category 2. Pensions, Pension Trustee Practitioners (PTP) hours and category 3. Savings & Investments. If you have a query relating to the CPD hours, please contact the relevant awarding bodies.

CPD Day 1: LIA (LIA12156_2021) & IOB (2021-2552)  - 1hr Category 2, .5hr PTP

CPD Day 2: LIA (LIA12157_2021) & IOB (2021-2553) - 1 hr Category 2, .5hr PTP

CPD Day 3: LIA (LIA12158_2021) & IOB (2021-2554) - 1hr Category 2, 1hr Category 3, .5hr PTP



Tuesday 19th October 10:00am - 11:15am


Welcome Chairperson, Ann Prendergast, Chairperson of the IAPF


Report of the Commission on Pensions Louise Banable, Official, Department of Social Protection, Auto-Enrolment Programme

Louise was part of the Secretariat to the Commission on Pensions and will outline the work done by the Commission and the recommendations in the recently published report.


Master Trust: a pensions panacea? Shane O'Farrell, Director of Product Development, Irish Life

With the introduction of IORP2, master trusts are expected to become the dominant form of provision of pensions in Ireland. There are hopes they will address the problems many smaller schemes face, but are they really capable of meeting these high expectations? Which clients do they suit and why?






Wednesday 20th October 10:00am  -11:15am


Welcome Chairperson, Elma Fox, IAPF Benefits Committee Member


Tracing Members: Prevention or the Cure (or Both?) Padraic Grennan, CEO, Erin Research

Padraic Grennan, CEO of Erin Research - The Pension Tracing Company discusses the challenges faced by trustees and administrators in keeping in contact with their members, as well as looking at the solution to the problem.


IORP II Risk Management - Panel Discussion Elma Fox, IAPF Benefits Committee Member, Michael Madden - Pillar 2 Pension Trustees Limited, Frans Kuys - Finalyse, Caroline Rowan - Aon.

The IORP II Directive and the Pensions Authority’s Draft Code of Practice put a lot of focus on risk management. This panel will consider the likely requirements and the support schemes and trustees will need to meet those.






Thursday 21st October 10:00am - 11:15am


Welcome Chairperson, Lisa Buckley, IAPF Benefits Committee Member 


Integrating ESG – Where do pension funds stand? Timothée JAULIN, Head of ESG Development & Advocacy, Special Operations, Amundi Asset Management

There is a growing awareness of ESG Investing amongst pension scheme members and Trustees. In this presentation, Amundi will highlight best ESG practices of several European Pension Schemes and touch upon ESG topics relevant for pension schemes. Supported by case studies, the session will outline how Amundi has provided guidance for pension schemes based on their ESG integration appetite


The Trustee Challenge - Panel Discussion Lisa Buckley, IAPF Benefits Committee, Paul Torsney - Law Debenture, Joyce Brennan - General Investment Trust, Charles Coase - Independent Trustee

The IORP II Directive and the Pensions Authority’s Draft Code of Practice create real challenges for trustees. This panel will consider those challenges and how they can be tackled.



 Timetable Subject to Change




click on image for biography Ann Prendergast
IAPF Chairperson / State Street Global Advisors Europe
click on image for biography Louise Banable
Department of Social Protection
click on image for biography Shane O’Farrell
Irish Life
click on image for biography Elma Fox
IAPF Benefits Committee / Independent Trustees
click on image for biography Padraic Grennan
Erin Research
click on image for biography Michael Madden
Pillar 2 Pension Trustees Limited
click on image for biography Frans Kuys
click on image for biography Caroline Rowan
click on image for biography Lisa Buckley
IAPF Benefits Committee / Zurich Insurance Company
click on image for biography Timothée JAULIN
Amundi Asset Management
click on image for biography Joyce Brennan
General Investment Trust
click on image for biography Charles Coase
Independent Pension Scheme Trustee
click on image for biography Paul Torsney
Law Debenture Pension Trustees Ireland
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