Welcome To PIA (Pension Investment Academy)

The Pension Investment Academy (PIA) runs seminars, debates and lectures that are at the cutting edge of pension fund thought at a leading London business school. It is designed for pension scheme trustees and executives who already have a base level of knowledge. 


Who Should Attend Events

Trustees and Pension Executives can attend without charge but only by personal invitation. To obtain a personal invitation we invite Trustees and Pension Executives to contact Clair Janaway at clair@thepia.org.


Investment Managers, Consultants and other service providers who would like to know more about the PIA or sponsor the PIA should contact Fred Jaffe fj@thepia.org. These sponsors will have the exclusive rights to attend PIA events along with the other categories mentioned above.

The Next PIA Event Is:

Fees, Cost and Transparency – Latest Developments & Practical Considerations

January 26, 2022




New Timings: from 08.45 to 10.15

Delegate Fee:

Free to Trustees and Pension Executives


Outline Programme
•    Cost, Charges & Transparency Update 
•    What does good transparency mean? 
•    How can better transparency help mitigate the increased risk of pension scams, especially in light of Covid-19? 
•    Consideration of the recent FCA & TPR initiatives for assessing value for members
•    What exactly is the Cost Transparency Initiative, and will it actually deliver on its goals?
•    Can you actually get the data needed from your managers to assess value for members effectively?
•    What does good value for members look like?

•    Do pension funds focus too much on explicit costs such as disclosed/declared asset management fees and not        enough on the ‘hidden cost’ of investing?
•    How can pension funds ensure that returns are not reduced unnecessarily by costs and high fees?
•    What strategies can trustees and employers use to help them identify, benchmark, monitor, manage and understand both visible and ’hidden’ operational and administration costs?


Key Speakers so far:

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Chair: Mel Duffield

Pensions Strategy Executive

USS Ltd and Chair of Cost Transparency Initiative

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Alison Leslie

Senior Investment Consultant

Hymans Robertson LLP

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Jacqui Reid



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Vanisha Thanawala

Head of Execution Oversight


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