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.

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