6th Fund Summit

Agenda - Tuesday October 29, 2019

RACV City Club, Melbourne

09.00    Open and welcome


2020: the year of ‘ations? – rationalisation, consolidation, regulation 

Expectations are that industry consolidation will continue, perhaps gather pace in 2020. The industry is still grappling with global and local regulatory reform; and business investment (a.k.a margin pressure) remains a challenge. 
This session will discuss these themes at high level, what organisations may want to consider in planning for 2020 and how to navigate these key industry drivers.

David Braga

Chief Executive Officer, BNP Paribas Securities Services AU/NZ


Debby Blakey

Chief Executive Officer, HESTA

Brett Himbury

Chief Executive, IFM Investors

Helen Rowell

Deputy Chair, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)


Evolution in the outsourcing landscape

Custodians are engaging in large-scale transformation projects to uplift their service offerings; some are buying technology firms for the same reason. There is increasing discourse of ‘front-to-back’ solutions and opportunities to outsource more.

As each service provider evolves, how often should firms re-evaluate what can be outsourced and consider strategic versus ‘best in show’ partner selection? Rationalisation seems to be driving a ‘strategic partner’ approach; therefore what are the governance considerations of outsourcing more or having your business largely outsourced to one key partner?


Laurence Jarvis

Publisher, Fund Business


Bruce Russell

Director, Shoreline

Sinclair Scholfield

Head of Platform Solutions APAC, State Street


Refreshments & Networking


Lunch - refreshments & networking

Asset Owner / Superannuation Stream

Moderator: Brett Elvish, Financial Viewpoint


Investment governance: minimising the risk of surprise

Multiple recent investment governance failures have again highlighted the risks of not regularly monitoring your fund managers and their business set ups. This session will consider what a robust investment governance and ongoing monitoring framework looks like, along with some of the do’s and don’ts to minimise the risk of external problems.


Chris Addy

Chief Executive Officer, Castle Hall (Canada)


Enhancing analytics: balancing functionality with cost

The trend of funds seeking to sharpen their analytical capabilities continues, with the attendant pain points and data management challenges. This session will discuss broader data governance for funds, achieving adequate functionality while controlling complexity and costs.


Wietske Blees

Editor, Fund Business


Paul Abraham

General Manager Investment Operations, Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation

Andy Barrow

SVP, RIMES Technologies

David Kosch

Manager, Data & Reporting, First State Super

Asset Management Stream

Moderator: Laurence Jarvis, Fund Business


Client experience in focus

This session will highlight opportunities to uplift client experience using a variety of different channels. How are client preferences evolving in terms of initial engagement, servicing and reporting; what technologies are available to streamline client experience and insights?


Philipp Zerhusen

Director, Market Development, Digital Solutions,

FactSet Research Systems (Germany)


Product strategy: emerging trends and opportunities 

This session will examine themes in product strategy and distribution opportunities as the industry evolves and deals with structural change. How can firms position their retail offering in order to thrive? This session will discuss emerging trends and opportunities in product strategy, the advisory perspective and how to tailor products to different client wealth and/or lifestages.


David Hutchison

Principal Consultant, NMG Consulting


Mark Yesberg

Chief Operating Officer, Invesco

Asset Owner / Superannuation Stream

Moderator: Brett Elvish, Financial Viewpoint


Walking the walk on ESG

There is growing industry discussion around ESG and many funds are  incorporating these considerations into investment decision-making. However for many, ESG is considered periphery to the investment process. This session will discuss integrating ESG factors as an integral part of a fund's investment decision-making process. 


Kirsten Temple

Senior Consultant, JANA


Mans Carlsson-Sweeny

Head of ESG Research, Ausbil Investment Management


Roger McIntosh

Director, Head of Investment Strategy, Optimal Alpha Investment Strategies

Rosalind McKay

Head of Responsible Investment, Cbus


SPS 515: Strategic planning in practice

Prudential Standard SPS 515 Strategic Planning and Member Outcomes, which is scheduled to take effect from 1 January 2020, will require trustees to demonstrate that their strategic planning processes meet APRA’s principles. This presentation will outline the main requirements, including the business plan, business performance review and annual outcomes assessment.


Suzanne Smith

General Manager - Specialised Institutions, Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)

Asset Management Stream

Moderator: Laurence Jarvis, Fund Business


Technology, its impacts and opportunities for the middle office & trade processing

This session will examine the growing role of technology in augmenting operations, improving efficiency and reducing operational risk.


Mark Wootton

Head of Custody Product AU/NZ, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Followed by Q&A with stream moderator:

Laurence Jarvis

Publisher, Fund Business



Product design and distribution: are you ready for DDO & PIP?


New retail product design and distribution obligations are coming into effect from April 2021, while ASIC has already been granted powers to modify or ban products. This session will outline the main requirements impacting product design and distribution.


Jim Boynton

Partner, King & Wood Mallesons


Refreshments & networking


Business integration & transformation: the practicalities of complex change projects

So you’ve decided to embark on a large change project; acquire a competitor, or change/consolidate service providers - now to chart the journey from an operational perspective. This session will discuss project scoping, cost analysis and engaging the right talent to successfully complete large, complex migration and change projects while minimising disruption to BAU.


Doug Talbot

Managing Director and Founder, 1886 Consulting


Embracing opportunities to streamline business processes and workload 

Most people have to manage stakeholders, deal with regular distractions, plan time and workload; however this can often be a challenge.  This session will look at opportunities to increase business efficiency and remove common bottlenecks.


Jeffery Eberwein

Partner & Oceania Head of Technology Advisory, EY


Michael McGavigan

Head of Investment Shared Services APAC, Vanguard Investments

Rob Brown

Chief Executive Officer, ACSA

Chris Mackey

Chief Executive Officer, MackeyRMS (USA)


Service provider governance: matching expectations with reality

Technology and outsourcing can be attractive for businesses keen to increase efficiency as the service provider market evolves.  However these benefits are significantly reduced if your arrangements don’t perform as expected or expose the business to new areas of risk. This session will discuss common pitfalls, minimising implementation challenges and avoiding or managing 'expectation mis-match'.


Paula Allen

Strategic Consultant, Wilga Consulting


Anna Leibel

Chief Information Officer,


Vicki Martyn

Director, Investment Data Services


Rob Scott

Chief Operating Officer,

First Sentier Investors


Close & Networking Reception

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