Our Investment Conference 2021 – redesigned to deliver you unique insights through a virtual platform – will bring together independent investment-focused insights across four different but equally engaging streams. 

We’re kicking off our series with a look towards the economic outlook for 2021 and beyond. Against the backdrop of Covid-19, will investors find reasons to be positive against the ominous outlook that many forecasters are predicting? We’ll then be hosting sessions that provide practical advice on the challenges for both DB and DC Pensions investment before wrapping up with a fresh look at ESG – a topic rapidly working its way to the top of the agenda for trustees.

So whether your goal is to build your knowledge, gain clarity, or seek solace amongst peers facing an equally challenging time, our practical, expert led sessions will equip you with the right foundations to deal with whatever 2021 throws your way.

Simply register to enjoy the full conference or select the sessions most relevant to you...

Reasons to attend


Gain clarity on the year ahead from data-led expert speaker sessions


Take away practical advice on how to tackle the likely economic challenges of 2021


Take part in Q&A sessions on the investment topics that matter most to you


Enjoy an easy-to-use virtual environment, including live polls and free resources

Explore our agenda

Stream one: 13 January

10:00 11:15

Economics and markets

Our research team will kick off the conference by exploring the economic outlook for 2021.

We will highlight the current opportunities and challenges for investors, as well as what surprises 2021 may have in store.

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  • Alex Pocock

    Partner and Head of Investment Consulting

    Barnett Waddingham

Stream two: 20 January

10:00 11:15

Mapping your DB journey

For defined benefit (DB) pension schemes, 2021 is already looking like a challenging environment.

Our specialists will examine key issues such as gilt yields close to zero, equity markets appearing highly valued, traditional property portfolios face numerous challenges.

This session will give trustees the knowledge and insight to address the challenges facing DB schemes in the 'new normal'.

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  • Alex Pocock

    Partner and Head of Investment Consulting

    Barnett Waddingham

Stream three: 27 January

10:00 11:15

DC in 2021

Barnett Waddingham’s defined contribution (DC) consulting team present their latest research in the DC space, including the best way to construct a default portfolio and how a realistic target return in the current environment should look.

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  • Alex Pocock

    Partner and Head of Investment Consulting

    Barnett Waddingham

Stream four: 3 February

10:00 11:15

Practically addressing ESG

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) has shot up to the top of trustees agendas in recent years and the asset management industry has taken note.

Using real examples, our team will give you insight in this session into how to practically address reducing carbon exposure and make a positive social impact within client portfolios.

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  • Alex Pocock

    Partner and Head of Investment Consulting

    Barnett Waddingham

Get access to all four streams of our interactive conference

How to attend

Step 1: Register

Fill in the form below to secure your place, selecting all sessions you wish to attend

Step 2: Confirm

You will receive an email for each session containing your login information

Step 3: Prepare

Make time in your calendar to watch the live sessions and plan your questions in advance

Step 4: Attend

Click the link in the confirmation email, watch your chosen sessions and take part in the Q&A

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Meet our expert speakers


Partner and Head of DB Ebdgame Strategy

About Ian


Partner and Senior Investment Consultant

About Rod


Partner and Head of DC Investment

About Sonia


Principal and Senior Investment Consultant

About Esther

Barnett Waddingham is the fourth largest investment consultant to pension schemes in the UK, offering truly independent consultancy services to institutional investors such as Trustees, Employers, Universities, Charities and Local Authorities.  

Our Investment team consists of over 90 professionals overseeing more than 450 clients with over £70 billion in assets, collectively. We enjoy what we do and we aim to bring this enthusiasm to our discussions with you.

We owe our growth and free thinking approach to having no outside shareholders that we need to satisfy and we do not run an investment management or fiduciary management business. Neither do we offer our own master trust for DC members. This allows us to avoid conflicts of interest and leaves us free to provide bespoke advice suitable to your specific scheme and requirements.

We believe it is fundamental for stakeholders to understand their current position, their objectives and what needs to be achieved in order to meet these goals. We work collaboratively to reach an investment approach that benefits and protects your scheme members.

Be part of the first virtual gathering in the 10+ years of our Investment Conference history