Professional Pensions unveils new-look monthly magazine

The new magazine, designed by celebrated, multi-award-winning art director Andy Cowles, is packed with articles on the key issues and personalities shaping the industry.

Incisive Media switched the frequency from weekly to monthly in response to a change in the audience’s content needs, following extensive research.

The first edition of the new-look Professional Pensions, dated March 2020, includes an in-depth discussion with eight professional trustees, who tell us how they are evolving to meet the governance challenge. It also includes an interview with BT Pension Scheme chief executive Morten Nilsson on how the UK’s largest private sector plan is working to revolutionise service and communications.

In addition, it includes articles on small scheme derisking; cost transparency and ESG as well as a look at the legal issues arising in the second Lloyds Bank case on GMP Equalisation.

The magazine also takes a look at the finalists of this year’s UK Pensions Awards and, in a special focus on fiduciary management, assesses how trustees can prepare for the formal tender processes required following the CMA’s investigation into the sector.

Professional Pensions editor Jonathan Stapleton said: “The decision to move our print edition from weekly to monthly is not one we have taken lightly and is the result of substantial research among our audience”.

“We constantly ask our readers how they want to receive the content that Professional Pensions provides. While many of our print readers wanted to receive their magazine weekly up to recently, this has now changed and the majority now favour a more in-depth, monthly publication, which they can read alongside our market-leading website, “

Stapleton added: “The move from weekly back to monthly – Professional Pensions began life as a monthly magazine in 1995 before turning weekly in 1997 – is an exciting evolution in our brand’s 25 year history and we are very excited that we have had the opportunity to rethink our print format to prepare us for the future.”

Incisive Media managing director of financial media Kevin Sinclair – the publisher of Professional Pensions ­– said the change was a result of us continuing to listen to both our readers and our commercial partners.

He said: “We believe the move results in an even better magazine that will deliver a premium experience to both its readers and advertisers.”

As part of the shift to monthly, PP enlisted the help of multi-award winning creative director and design leader Andy Cowles. He is a former creative director of Mademoiselle for Conde Nast and art director of Rolling Stone in New York, as well as the creative leader for the launch of Q, Mojo and Empire magazines. His recent redesigns include Horse & Hound, Motorsport and Farmers Guardian

About Professional Pensions

Professional Pensions is the UK’s leading pensions publication and events brand. It was first launched in 1995 as a monthly magazine before going weekly in 1997. Its website was launched in 2001. PP organises the UK Pensions Awards, the industry’s flagship accolades that are now in their 22nd year. It also organises a number of conferences and events, including Pensions and Benefits UK (now Professional Pensions Live) and the PP DC Conference.

For more information on the new look Professional Pensions, watch our latest video here or visit

Incisive Media rolls-out peer to peer bonus platform for staff

Bonusly allows people to directly award their colleagues bonus points for achieving goals, being collaborative, and for going the extra mile. The points are traded for vouchers from a roster of suppliers, including Amazon, Starbucks and Nike.

The micro-bonus platform is the latest addition to Incisive’s package of employee benefits. On top of the usual pension, life-assurance and season ticket loan benefits, the company also offers staff complimentary access to health insurance and a self-select menu of employee benefits.

“Incisive Media’s people are central to the success of our business, and it is important that we provide a supportive and generous environment for them to flourish.” said CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “This is why we have added Bonusly to our expanded staff benefits package. I’m particularly pleased that it allows people to directly reward their colleagues for a job well done”.

“Care for our people is an integral part of being a responsible and progressive employer. This initiative joins our mission to champion diversity and inclusion alongside embedding sustainability in everything we do.”

Incisive Media is working towards the ISO 20121 event sustainability accreditation, in conjunction with Ecosphere+. The business also delivers 12 diversity events across the investment, tech and professional services sectors.

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Women in Insurance Live is Incisive’s latest diversity event launch

Women in Insurance Live is a conference welcoming all Insurance professionals including those working within Insurers, MGA’s, Brokers, Loss Adjusters, TPA’s and Insurtechs.

This one-day, two-streamed conference, taking place on 25 June in central London, will offer practical advice on how to tackle and take responsibility for improving diversity in your organisation. This is an event for men and women at all stages of their careers, tackling middle management, returning to work after a break or achieving their personal targets. Attendees will hear innovative case studies, learn from industry leaders, and have the opportunity to participate in workshops and mentoring.

Women in Insurance Live is the latest event to join Incisive programme of diversity events. New events for 2020 include the Women in Accountancy and Finance Awards on May 6 and the Women in Law Awards on June 2. This brings the business’s total stable of diversity events to 12 awards and conferences.

“I’m delighted that Incisive Media is continuing to launch events that celebrate diversity,” said Incisive Media’s managing director of events Simone Broadhurst. “This is an important topic for us, and we want to support recognition for inspiring achievements of women in professional services sectors. We hope these events will continue to drive debate and further change.”

The events are part of the Incisive Connect brand, a full-service event agency that launched in January 2019 to provide clients with integrated marketing and events programmes to engage their customers and grow their businesses.

Incisive Connect has already delivered diversity events in the finance, pensions and IT sectors. It also works with The Chartered Institute of Credit Management (CICM) to deliver the UK Credit Awards, and its client roster includes American Express, Blackrock and Orbis.

For more information about the event, please visit our dedicated event website:

For partnership and sponsorship enquiries contact Katy Pieris on +44 (0)20 7484 9720 or email [email protected].

InvestmentEurope launches event in Helsinki

Hosted by InvestmentEurope, the fantastic launch event featured insights into Asian and US equity, at a time of trade conflict between the world’s biggest economies, China and the US, albeit with strong long-term arguments for maintaining exposure to both.

ESG and impact investing were another area of focus for the Roundtable, reflecting growing interest in investment solutions that can help internalise the externalities causing global warming and ecosystem destruction.

With 17 leading fund selectors in attendance, this was an excellent launch event for the brand and is part of our ongoing commitment to the Nordic region, making this a must-attend event for 2020.

Kevin Sinclair, managing director of the investment portfolio at Incisive Media said: “We are delighted with the success of our first event in Helsinki.  InvestmentEurope has been running events in Stockholm, Reykjavik, Oslo and Copenhagen so hosting this regional event in Helsinki was an obvious next step. It was a superb turnout of top asset managers and key fund buyers and we look forward to hosting the event again in 2020.”

A full report will feature in an upcoming issue of the  InvestmentEurope magazine.


Incisive Media appoints Ebru Smith as associate editor of Investment Week

Smith has more than 20 years’ experience of the fund management industry, working for the likes of Schroder Investment Management and Reliance Mutual. More recently, she was head of portfolio management at Brewin Dolphin.

As associate editor of Investment Week, Smith is responsible for using her market expertise to help shape the annual schedule of more than 60 events around the UK, including the Sustainable & ESG Investment Awards, Investment Company of the Year Awards, and the Specialist Investment Awards.

Smith’s role includes researching and shaping conference programmes to suit the evolving needs of fund selectors and researchers. She will also ensure that Investment Week’s awards categories are appropriate for the asset management community, as well as recruiting top-drawer judges to determine the winners.

Simone Broadhurst, Incisive Media’s managing director of events, said: “I’m delighted that Ebru has joined Investment Week. It is the company’s premium investment brand and has a large and fast-growing programme of events. It’s invaluable to have someone of Ebru’s experience and judgement helping to ensure that we pitch everything right for the needs of asset management professionals.”

Launched in 1995, Investment Week is the leading business media brand serving the UK investment industry.


Incisive Media supports Pride

Once again, Incisive Media are proud to support the month of Pride, including the lead up to the famous Pride in London parade on Saturday the 6 July

As a business we continue to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people regardless of their social background, age, sex, ethnicity, religion/belief or disability and to make use of their talents.

Emma Cutbill, Head of HR said: “we believe that by encouraging people to be themselves, they will be the best version they can be and in turn will be happier, more productive and engaged.”

Incisive are continually looking for opportunities to promote and support equality and inclusion within the workplace and we are proud to have LGBT Great supporting one of their Investment Week awards programmes later this year. Similar partnerships will be announced in the future.

The Incisive Media logo will be rainbow from 24 June until Sunday 7 July following the historic Pride in London Festival. You may see that some our brands have adopted a rainbow stripe and the company’s office reception will carry the Pride rainbow with the words ‘ All souls welcome’.

Incisive Media announces Ecosphere+ as their official carbon offset partner for 2019

Following our commitment to a sustainable events agenda, Incisive Media is pleased to announce that Ecosphere+  will offset the total of their events carbon footprint to help protect the critical ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest.

Ecosphere+ is a mission-driven business that helps companies create and implement nature-based solutions that enable them to succeed in a world aligned with global climate and development goals.

As part of the €100 million impact investment Althelia Climate Fund, Ecosphere+ brings to market the largest portfolio of forest conservation projects in the world, generating verified carbon credits and measurable sustainable development impacts. In their partnership with Incisive Media, they have agreed to offset the total amount of emissions required to cover their entire events portfolio for 2019 plus an additional 5% – equalling an estimated total of 2,220 tonnes.

Ecosphere+ will be using the Incisive Media footprint on two of their Peruvian projects, which are focused on working closely with local and indigenous communities to address local deforestation threats to protect the critical ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest.

Lisa Walker, CEO of Ecosphere+ said: “We are delighted to be working with Incisive Media to support threatened forests in Peru and draw attention to the critical role of natural climate solutions in addressing climate change.  We applaud companies that take action to measure and reduce their carbon footprint and then offset unavoidable emissions.”

“We are delighted to partner with Ecosphere+ and use our carbon footprint to help protect the critical ecosystem of the Amazon Rainforest. Incisive Media take our (ESG) standards seriously and we are delighted to lead on this initiative as we have so many times before,” said Incisive Media events managing director Simone Broadhurst.

Incisive Media run in excess of one hundred events every year serving the professional business markets.

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Incisive Media launches a Data Academy to provide key skills to staff

Incisive Media has partnered with Avado to create a Data Academy that offers four members of staff the opportunity to take part in their eighteen month data-scientist programme. The course is managed by their group company Arch Apprentices and accredited by the British Computer Society.

The Academy programme is part of Incisive Media’s ongoing commitment to invest in careers for its staff, and to build valuable data skills within the business.

The four members of staff have been chosen from the publisher’s digital operations, product and campaign management, advertising operations and customer-data teams. This approach will ensure these new skills are embedded across the business.

“Data in all its forms is the lifeblood of a media company, and this Academy will allow us to learn more and re-enforce our data management, visualisation, and business analyst skills and to use data more effectively.” said CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “I am delighted that we are able to make this investment to support our colleagues for the benefit of both their careers and the business”.

Avado specialise in delivering world-class programmes in IT, digital, data, HR, leadership and finance roles. They are based in London and are a fully accredited training centre for City & Guilds and Edexcel.

Incisive’s quartet will learn a suite of new skills, including advanced analytical methods and big data analytics technology and tools, and how these methods and tools are applied to real-world business challenges.

The course will take 18 months to complete, after which the four will become fully-accredited data scientists.

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Saville nets shortlist trio for COVER

The Protection Review awards is a key event in the health and protection insurance sector, and are part of the brand. COVER is widely respected as the market-leading brand in the UK life insurance sector.

The awards, which are in their 15th year and are independently judged, recognise those people and organisations in the health and protection sector who demonstrate client focus, strong customer engagement, ease of claim payments and product innovation. They take place on July 11 at London’s Landmark Hotel.

“I am delighted to be personally shortlisted for these awards and for COVER to appear alongside leading brands in the sector in the organisation of the year category,” said Saville. “COVER has enjoyed a very successful 12 months. Our flagship event COVER Protection & Health Summit was our biggest yet and we launched our first ever Mental Health Forum in March which was also a huge success, so to be recognised like this by Protection Review and the wider life insurance sector validates our approach and all the hard work that goes into it. It is a very exciting time for life, protection and health insurance across the board and COVER is pleased to be a part of it.”

COVER has enjoyed previous success at the awards: Saville’s predecessor Fiona Murphy won the outstanding contribution to protection journalism gong at the 2018 awards.

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Incisive Media acquires Open Door Media

ODMP is an award-winning financial services media company that brings fund selectors and asset
management companies together through its publications, digital products, and its extensive
portfolio of over twenty conferences across Europe. The company also publishes International
Investment for the global adviser community and produces the International Fund and Product
Awards, now in their nineteenth year.

Founded in 2013 by Nick Rapley (Chairman) and Louise Hanna (Director) through a management
buyout of the Investment Europe brand from Incisive Media, ODMP has grown rapidly in five years
to become a pre-eminent provider of business information and networking to the European asset
management industry.

The acquisition allows the management at ODMP to continue to realise growth whilst accessing a
larger, well-resourced event management and digital infrastructure and gives our asset
management customers access to a unified pan-European portfolio of events and marketing

“We have known and worked with Nick, Louise and their team for many years and are excited that
we are able to bring Investment Europe and International Investment back into the Incisive Media
fold. This acquisition strengthens our asset management publishing and event properties and
adds real depth and quality to our growing portfolio for the benefit of our readers, delegates and
asset management clients. I look forward to working closely with Louise and Nick in the coming
years” said Jonathon Whiteley, CEO, Incisive Media.

Nick Rapley, founder and Chairman of Open Door Media commented, “The integration of
Investment Europe into Incisive Media will be hugely beneficial to both our customers and the
audiences we serve. We recognise Incisive Media as the leading provider of products and services
to the UK market for nearly twenty-five years. Their knowledge, experience, and extensive
resources will allow us to invest in our business so that asset managers can benefit from
unparalleled access to both the UK and European fund selector communities.’’

Louise Hanna said “Open Door Media provides an invaluable service for the European fund
management industry and we are delighted to be able to use the significant resources of Incisive
Media to take the business forward for the benefit of the sector. Our customers often want access
to both the UK and Europe and now we will be able to offer the best marketing solutions to help
them achieve their objectives.”

About Incisive Media:
Incisive Media is a fast growing, award-winning B2B media and events business. Working in our
two core markets, financial services and technology, we provide analyst-grade insight, business
intelligence and access to specialist networks of business professionals around the globe. Our
performance-driven marketing solutions give our clients bespoke engagement with these valuable
audiences and communities.

For more information, please contact:
Jonathon Whiteley, CEO, Incisive Media 020 7484 9745
Louise Hanna, Director, Open Door Media 020 3727 9929