The IFoA Life Conference 2014, which took place at the ICC in Birmingham, was a roaring success, with 978 delegates and speakers in attendance. It began with Nigel Wilson, chief executive at Legal & General, sharing his thoughts on recent budget announcements and other regulatory changes.
On day two, the UK economy and the outlook for bond yields was discussed by Andrew Roberts, co-head of European economics, rates and CEEMEA research at RBS, and Ross Walker, senior UK economist at RBS. The Professional Content Development Working Group saved the day, when it stepped in for Plenary 3 and presented an entertaining and thought-provoking Professional Skills session to ensure the audience received one of their required CPD hours.
Delegates received technical updates from workshops that included: Solvency II; the Budget and its implications for the retirement income market; with-profits issues; annuities; and asset management and investment.
There was more excellent content on day three, with Jasmine Birtles, financial journalist and founder of Money Magpie, giving her views on personal finance. Steve Webb MP, minister of state for pensions, closed the conference with an honest and engaging session on the Budget reforms and changes to pension policy. All in all, it was a packed, thought-provoking programme.
A diverse range of companies supported the event by sponsoring or taking an exhibition space. Many attracted delegates to their stand with interactive competitions and prize draws. Roulette, jet skiing and golf putting were among the stand activities, which encouraged networking and healthy competition! Three of these companies have positively endorsed their experience by booking to exhibit at Life 2015.
The Hollywood-themed conference dinner was a night of glitz and glamour that saw LA's finest out in force. From Sinatra to Marilyn, our conference delegates were transported back in time for an evening of enchanting elegance and sparkling style. In true Hollywood tradition, Oscars were presented to the best-dressed male, Jonathan Goold, and best-dressed female, Rhian Brown. They were also awarded to the table with the best film knowledge after completing the cinema-inspired quiz.
Congratulations to the Life committee and IFoA events team for a fantastic event.
To view the photographs of the conference dinner, visit bit.ly/1udNCI4
Save the date: Life Conference 2015 will take place from 18-20 November at the Convention Centre, Dublin.