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REBA Reward Leaders' Forum 2017

Emerging pay & financial wellbeing strategies for a new world of work Discover how legislative, social and economic changes are affecting pay and pensions decisions

REBA Reward Leaders' Forum 2017

This conference examined how legislative, social, economic and demographic change combined with new workforce behaviour patterns is driving new approaches to pay & pensions.

Presentation slides are attached to relevant speaker photos - scroll down to view

Videos filmed at the event

Video (above): Video tutorial: What your pay strategies could look like by 2020 

View Video tutorial: The changing role of workplace savings for a new workforce

View Video tutorial: Understanding the impact of the digital age on reward

View Video tutorial: Sir Steve Webb outlines the future of pensions

View Video tutorial: Why less is more when it comes to reward strategies

View Video tutorial: What does an effective DC scheme look like? 

View Video tutorial: How to plan for a future without salary sacrifice 

View Video tutorial: How to move to a new financial wellbeing approach 

View Video tutorial: An Asian perspective on today's UK reward 

View Video tutorial: How to shift your thinking on workplace retirement savings 

View Video tutorial: Improve, inform and integrate your pay and benefits strategy using data analytics 

View Video tutorial: How to bridge the advice gap around retirement 

View Video tutorial: 2017 AGM season - challenges in executive and senior executive remuneration 

View Video tutorial: Empowering your staff to take control of their own workplace finances 

Exceptional selection of presenters and topical matters covered.


Alex Tullett

Alex Tullett

Head of Benefit Strategy

Capita  1

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Andrew Drake

Andrew Drake

Client Development


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Andrew Firth

Andrew Firth

Chief Executive

Wealth Wizards 1
Andrew Ninian

Andrew Ninian

Director, Corporate Governance & Engagement

The Investment Association
Corinne Carr

Corinne Carr

Independent Reward Practitioner

Daniel Hibbert

Daniel Hibbert

author of 'Thunder Cloud: Managing Reward in a Digital Age’

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Debi O'Donovan

Debi O'Donovan

Co-founder & Director , REBA

Dr Duncan Brown

Dr Duncan Brown

Independent Reward Adviser and Researcher

Gavin Zaprzala-Banks

Gavin Zaprzala-Banks


PunterSouthall Aspire

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Geoffrey Strickland

Geoffrey Strickland

Group Compensation & Benefits Manager

Graham Vidler

Graham Vidler

Director of External Affairs

Jude Groves

Jude Groves

Managing Director

like minds

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Maggie Williams

Maggie Williams

Content Director

Marcus Underhill

Marcus Underhill

Director of Engagement and Insights

Staffcare 2
Mark Chamberlain

Mark Chamberlain

Group Reward Director

Mark Rowlands

Mark Rowlands

Head of DC & FW Services

Mercer 2

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Masha Boldyreva

Masha Boldyreva

VP – HR Global Reward at Colt Technology Services

Paul Waters

Paul Waters


Hymans Robertson 3

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Peter Strudwick

Peter Strudwick

Pension and Benefits Partner

LV= 1
Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Senior Labour Market Economist

Rob Horrocks

Rob Horrocks

Group Compensation & Benefits Director

Merlin Entertainments
Sir Steve Webb

Sir Steve Webb

Director of Policy & Ex-pensions minister

Royal London 1
Stefan Stern

Stefan Stern


High Pay Centre
Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp

Pensions Policy Officer

Deborah Frost

Deborah Frost

Chief Executive

Innecto 1

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Philip Hutchinson

Philip Hutchinson

Senior Manager Total Rewards


Really informative, relevant and very current.

The reward levers employers can pull are shifting due to demographic and legislative changes: generations Y&Z, ageing workforce, national living wage, the Lisa, pensions freedoms, lifetime allowances, gender pay audits.

The way we work, where we work and what jobs we will be doing in the future also mean that reward professionals need to re-think pay and benefits strategies to ensure they align to shifting HR and business strategies.

This high level think-tank event focused on the two biggest costs to the reward budget: pay and pensions. It asked: what will these strategies look like by 2025?


What delegates said about the 2017 conference 

"Really like the seniority of the delegates"

“The most valuable conferences I attend are REBA ones”

"Delegates are 'people like me' with the same challenges”

"Great insight into what others are offering"

"I think REBA delivers events others could learn from"

"Really useful discussion groups and networking"

"Excellent conference with engaging speakers once again!"

Conference programme 

08:00    Reward & Employee Benefits Association members mix ’n mingle breakfast

09:00    Opening Remarks from the Chair: The environment we are operating in

09:15    Keynote Address: How the changing nature of work and employment relationship in the digital age will change reward

  • Reward as part a new employment relationship
  • Understanding the psychology of reward
  • What this means for reward management
    Daniel Hibbert, author, ‘Thunder Cloud: Managing Reward in a Digital Age’

09:40    Industry Case Study: HRD view - ways in which HR strategies are adapting to meet new global, demographic, economic, talent and digital trends within workforces
Shauna O’Handley, Head of Talent Value Proposition & Performance, Misys

10:05    Improve, inform and integrate your pay and benefits strategy using data analytics
Learn how to create an integrated approach to your reward strategy using the data in HR and benefits systems. This session will cover: 

  • Analysing your workforce and using the data to help set pay strategy
  • Understand how to use combined data from your HR and benefits systems to make best use of your benefits budget
  • Monitor the effectiveness of your reward approach and identify ways in which it can be improved, based on real-word data
    Alex Tullett, Head of Benefit Strategy, Capita Employee Benefits 

10:25    Empowering your staff to take control of their own workplace finances
This session will explore financial wellbeing at work and the best routes to helping employees empower themselves to become more financially resilient.

  • Who is worrying about money in your workforce, and why?
  • What are the workplace savings design opportunities on offer to help them?
  • How can financial wellbeing be delivered and communicated in inspiring and imaginative ways?
           Paul Waters, Partner, Hymans Robertson
           Judith Groves, Managing Director, Like Minds

10:45    Morning refreshments

11:10    Viewpoint: What will pensions look like by 2020, 2025 and 2030?

  • What the government wants to see
  • What employees (of different generations) want
  • What employers need to see in place
  • The role of short-, medium- and long-term workplace savings
    Sir Steve Webb, Director of Policy, Royal London & Ex-pensions minister

11:25    Experts on the Sofa: Reality today - how to shift your thinking on workplace retirement savings to keep up with changing business and HR demands

  • How external factors such as the ageing workforce; Generation Y & Z; flexible and agile working; workforce planning; and ongoing legislative changes are changing pension strategies.
    Speakers include:
    Peter Strudwick, Pension and Benefits Partner, LV=
    Tim Sharp,
    Pensions Policy Officer, TUC
    Graham Vidler,
    Director of External Affairs, Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA)

    Gavin Zaprzala-Banks, Principal at Punter Southall Aspire

12:00    Workplace savings for a new look workforce
The workplace is changing fast, with individuals staying in employment for longer and changing jobs more frequently. Now, more than ever, one size does not fit all. How can employers use different savings options within their financial reward package to support changing working patterns?

  • How the new LISA can be used as part of a workplace savings strategy?
  • Workplace savings for an agile workforce
  • Creating the right blend of savings products for your employees
    Andrew Drake, Head of Rewards and Benefits Consulting, JLT Employee Benefits

12:20    Interview: Bridging the advice gap
The advice gap is getting wider. People are living longer; most employees are under-funded for retirement - and there aren't enough financial advisers to support everyone. What can be done? Debi O'Donovan asks Andrew Firth, chief executive of Wealth Wizards.

  • What is the impact on businesses if staff can't afford to retire - and how is this affecting talent strategy?
  • Has auto-enrolment given people a false sense of security about their retirement?
  • Can robo-advice support the advice gap: is it as good as face-to-face interaction?
  • How do you encourage senior management to prioritise long-term savings?
    Andrew Firth,
    CEO, Wealth Wizards

12:40    Rethink benefits! How to plan for a future without salary sacrifice
This interactive session explores what the potential fallouts are when one of the main foundations of UK benefit programmes change in April 2018, and how employers can futureproof their scheme design to stand the test of time.

  • How to break away from traditional salary sacrifice benefits
  • Maximise the use of data to truly support your employees' financial wellness
  • Prove return on investment from benefits beyond tax savings
    Matthew Gregson, SVP Data and Analytics, Thomson Online Benefits 

13:00    Lunch

13:55    Verbal Tweet: An Asian perspective on today's UK reward - looking at what we do well in the UK and what we can learn 
             Marcus Underhill, Director of Engagement and Insights, Staffcare 

14:00    RT Discussions: Financial wellbeing in the workplace: tackling employee earnings, savings and debt to support a productive workforce?

  • Impact of ongoing legislation on pay and pensions
  • Demographics - ageing workforce and demands of generation X&Y
  • Workforce planning and shifting work patterns - flexible working, homeworking

14:40    From tactical to strategic - moving away from a traditional benefits approach and toward a financial wellbeing programme
This interactive session will use research findings, practical examples and audience experience to understand why employers should and would want to start moving toward an organisation-wide financial wellbeing programme. It will:

  • Explore the employee and employer side of financial wellbeing
  • How to create an approach that goes beyond kneejerk responses to employees' financial pain points
  • Combine research findings and shared experiences to identify ways of making sure the whole company benefits from financial wellbeing
    Mark Rowlands, Head of DC and Financial Wellness Services, Mercer
    Niall O'Callaghan, Consumer Leader UK & Ireland, Mercer 

15:00    What does an effective DC scheme look like?
With increasing numbers of employees now relying on defined contribution (DC) pensions for their retirement savings, making sure that your workplace scheme is fit for purpose is of vital importance. This presentation will cover:

  • Building an efficient DC scheme, in terms of default fund design and charging structures
  • Ensuring members understand the need to pay into their pension for as long as possible
  • Encouraging both members and employers to choose appropriate contribution levels
    Gavin Zaprzala-Banks,
    Principal, Punter Southall Aspire

15:20    Getting fit for the future - a bootcamp for reward professionals
Developing a curated reward strategy to attract, retain and engage talent, by creating a joined-up focus on long-term meaningful changes which improve transparency and manager engagement through:

  • gender pay regulations as a lever to drive change
  • making reward in your organisation fit for the future by re-calibrating the employee deal
    Deborah Rees, Director of Consulting, Innecto Reward Consulting  

15:40    Afternoon tea

16:00    Interactive Panel of Experts: What will your pay strategies look like by 2020?

  • Cost pressures on pay - Brexit, National Living Wage, pensions costs
  • House prices, student debt and interest rates - dealing with the demand for pay increases
  • Flexible and agile working - will the mix between fixed and variable pay shift?
  • What role for performance pay?
  • Expats paid on UK rates – Brexit
  • Pensions AAs and LTAs - the ongoing impact on high earner reward packages
    Speakers include:
    Geoffrey Strickland, Group Compensation & Benefits Manager, Asahi Europe
    Duncan Brown, Head of Consulting, Institute for Employment Studies
    Rachel Smith,
    Senior Labour Market Economist, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
    Mark Chamberlain,
    Group Reward Director, SIG Group 
    Masha Boldyreva,
    HR Director - Northern Europe, Mondelēz International

16:40    Executive Renumeration Viewpoint: 2017 AGM season - challenges in executive and senior executive remuneration

  • What shareholder pressures will mean for your exec reward strategies in the next 12 months
  • What is the direction of travel for long term incentive plans (Ltips)
  • Current practice and expectation in deferred bonuses
  • Managing shareholders expectations
  • How your role as a reward professional can impact responsible investment
    Speakers include:
    Stefan Stern, Director, High Pay Centre
    Philip Hutchinson,
    Former Head of Global Reward, Aker Solutions
    Corinne Carr, Independent Reward Practitioner
    Rob Horrocks,
    Group Compensation and Benefits Director, Merlin Entertainments 
    Andrew Ninian,
    Director, Corporate Governance and Engagement, The Investment Association 

17:05    Closing remarks

17:15    Event closes


Delegates included:

ACCA Ladbrokes Coral Group
Allianz Laing O'Rourke 
American Express Lendlease
Amey Linklaters
Anglian Water Liverpool Victoria
Arcadis Lloyd's
ARM Lockheed Martin
AWE Low & Bonar
BAE Systems Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Bard Pharmaceuticals McDonald's 
Barnardos Merlin Entertainments
BDO Metropolitan
BGL Group Moss Bros Group
BlackRock Investment Management Mundipharma International
Bombardier Transportation National Express
Britvic National Grid
Bromford Housing NGAHR
CEVA Logistics NHBC
Charles Taylor Novartis Pharmaceutical 
Chester Zoo Ocado
City & Guilds Pentland Brands
Coca-Cola Personal Group
Computershare  QVC
Connect Group Rathbones
Co-operative Group Royal London
Country Court Care Rydon Group
Countrywide Shell International
CS Pay & Reward - Cabinet Office Smiths News
Dentsu Aegis Network Societe Generale
Department of Health Spire Healthcare
DHL International SuperGroup
Discovery Communications  TalkTalk Group
E.ON Group Telefonica
EasyJet Tesco
Engie  The Crown Estate
Enterprise Holdings The Girl's Day School Trust 
Equifax The Hyde Group
Expedia The Royal Household
Financial Conduct Authority  The Southern Co-operative
FIS Three UK
FM Global Time Inc UK
Fujitsu Topps Tiles
Gap Travers Smith
Giles Rhodes Tui
Grant Thornton Twitter
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust University of Greenwich
Heathrow Airport University of Sheffield
HM Treasury Virgin Atlantic
Hogan Lovells Wallgreens Boots Alliance
Howdens Wells Fargo
IHG Worldpay
Kier Group

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