The Ned, 27 Poultry, London

2 November 2017

A Meeting of Minds Asset Management - November 2017

A Meeting of Minds Asset Management - November 2017

  • 2 Nov 2017

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Owen James adds another community to its programme of A Meeting of Minds – Asset Management. We are delighted to confirm that the inaugural Meeting will take place on Thursday 2 November at the exciting new hotel in the City, The Ned, 27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ.  (We are hoping you will consider this a convenient location!)

Now that the FCA has completed its Asset Management Market Review, it would seem sensible for the community to take stock of its findings.

A Meeting of Minds’ goal is to be less of a talking shop – more of an opportunity to facilitate top level strategic discussion – Owen James’ mantra continues to be to enable financial services companies to do better business.

As a starting point, therefore our ambition is simply to bring together some 30 or so director level asset managers focused on distribution and proposition.

We want to ensure that our approach is valid and will be valued. To this end, we are delighted to be working with Lansons, experienced professionals in the art of corporate communications, whose client-base is substantially asset management. 

Together we have put together a half day programme running breakfast through lunch and a closing keynote. To give you a feel for the agenda, we have produced a discussion document (see box), and a Schedule of the Day to illustrate the timeline.

The Meeting will be content rich and geared to offering you an opportunity to have your say in a relaxed and “safe” setting. The session will of course obey Chatham House Rules.

There will be a fee for participation: £595 + VAT. If you would like to join, please call Maisie Nowroz at Owen James on 01483 861334 or email


Schedule of the Day

  • 08:15


    Informal networking over breakfast

  • 09:15


    Challenges and opportunities for the UK asset management sector - the FCA's view - Mary Starks, Director of Competition at the FCA

  • 09:45


    There will be two roundtables running concurrently: So are you providing your investors with value for money? and The changing face of distribution: digitisation, product innovation, vertical integration. What does the future look like?

  • 11:00


    Apple and BlackBerry time!

  • 11:15


    Two further roundtables will run concurrently: The connected investor - understanding the path to engagement and The changing face of distribution: digitisation, product innovation, vertical integration. What does the future look like?

  • 13:30


    Cyber offense and defence - the threat of cyber-attacks is no longer the stuff of science fiction, it is affecting everything from the US election through to threatening the security of nuclear facilities. An opportunity to hear a bit about the stuff you don't yet know about! - Barry Roche, Chief Executive Officer at PGI

  • 14:00

    The farewell

    White handkerchiefs produced to wave you all goodbye!

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  • Barry Roche

    Barry Roche

    Chief Executive Officer, PGI

    Barry Roche spent the first eight years of his career in the Royal Marines before founding his first company, which he took from start-up to market leader. In 2009, a significant increase in the profile and gravity of piracy sparked the inception of Protection Vessels International (PVI). After achieving undisputed market leadership in Maritime Security, Roche expanded the PVI model to create Protection Group International, (PGI). Roche's vision is to build a world-class Global brand as the leading trusted adviser for mitigating risk.

  • Tony Langham

    Tony Langham

    Co-founder and Chief Executive, Lansons, Lansons

    Tony is a strategic reputation management consultant, entrepreneur and Non Executive Chairman and Director with over 30 years experience. One of the UK's 500 most influential people according to Debrett's (2014 and 2015). As Co-founder (in 1989) and Chief Executive Tony has helped build Lansons into one of the UK's largest independently owned reputation management and public relations consultancies. The firm has been named UK PR agency of the year on twelve occasions and is one of the UK's 50 best SME workplaces according to Great Places to Work® Institute. Tony retains an active consultancy role with Governments, organisations and companies. He heads the agency's Corporate Practice, which includes crisis management and transactions teams. His work is split between building reputations for organisations growing rapidly in the market and protecting the reputations of those with a leading position to maintain.

  • Mary Starks

    Mary Starks

    Director of Competition, FCA

    Mary was hired to start a new function at FCA, to lead the organisation in meeting its statutory objective to promote competition in the interests of consumers. They built the competition division from scratch up to its current strength of 90 people, and have a major programme of competition casework underway. In parallel, she oversaw the creation of the Payment Systems Regulator, and acted as Managing Director and executive Board member in its early days while they recruited a permanent head. Mary interacts regularly with Government and Parliament, the financial services industry, the fintech community, consumer advocates, legal and other advisers, and international counterparts (eg via the OECD). I speak regularly in public, at academic conferences, and in the media.


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