NextGen Conference 10 Nov 23

NextGen Conference

Allen and Overy,
One Bishops Square,
England E1 6AD

We would like to give a special thank you to Allen & Overy for their terrific support of the conference and provision of a venue which has made this all possible.

Allen & Overy logo

You can open/download the Conference Agenda (PDF) here.

Pensions through a different lens. This isn’t any pension conference, this is the NextGen Annual Conference

You spoke, we listened. We asked our members what they want from a pensions conference and our very first annual conference is built to deliver just that. Drawing a new line in the sand for pension conferences. Doing what we do best – bringing together fresh ideas, new voices and practical application. This is the place to be on the 10th November to:

  • Network with people from across the pensions industry – but not just in the usual coffee break, our programme will sprinkle networking throughout the day.
  • Listen to a range of speakers, many that you won’t have seen on any pensions agenda before – we’ll be getting under the skin of current hot topics and specifically delving into innovating before the crisis…
  • Get involved: we want audience participation, questions and challenges to shape the flow on the day!

Everyone is welcome.

NextGen is a volunteer organisation, and this conference is only possible through the time, knowledge, and passion of our volunteers. Unlike most other conferences, you can’t pay to play – so everything on our agenda is there because our members want to hear about it.

Of course, we can’t build a conference with just volunteer support alone, because things do cost money! We really appreciate every single bit of support from the pensions industry so far, it helps us deliver training, mentoring and events (and lots more). If you would like to support the delivery of our inaugural annual conference please contact:

Matt Dodds           

Tannaz Rastegar  

Interested in speaking at the conference? Find out more here.

Click here for conference tickets.

Matthew Syed – Keynote speaker

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written seven best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, The Greatest, and his celebrated children’s books, What Do You Think?, You Are Awesome and Dare To Be You – and has worked with many leading organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and presenter of the popular BBC Radio 4 programme, Sideways, currently in its sixth series. Matthew is a regular contributor to television and radio and, in his previous career, was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade.

In his most recent best seller – Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking – Matthew argues that individual intelligence is no longer enough to solve today’s complex problems; to truly succeed we must harness the power of ‘cognitive diversity’. Rebel Ideas uncovers the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams, bringing insights from psychology, anthropology and data science, whilst drawing on a dazzling range of intriguing case-studies.

Matthew’s work explores a thought-provoking approach to high performance in the context of a complex and fast-changing world. By understanding the intimate connection between mindset and high performance, organisations can unlock untapped potential in individuals and teams, driving innovation and agility to secure a future-proofed environment. A TEDx video of Matthew speaking about growth mindset can be viewed on YouTube.

Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations. Matthew Syed Consulting’s cutting-edge thought leadership programme and digital learning tools are becoming a catalyst for real and lasting change within business and the public sector.

Matthew also works very closely with the education sector to help improve mindsets in schools and young people. He is an active founding member of the charity Greenhouse Sports and an ambassador for the PiXL Educational Foundation.

To find out more about Matthew’s work, visit: or contact his team at

Matthew Syed - NextGen Keynote speaker

Black Box Thinking
“It highlights the need for a growth mindset in life… It advocates for changing attitudes towards failure, and
understanding that the only way we learn is by trying things and altering our behaviour based on the results.”
Richard Branson, Virgin Group

Rebel Ideas
“A gripping read, full of intelligence and perspective.”
James Dyson, Dyson

And that is just the beginning…

Get ready for a day of dynamic talks, spirited panel discussions and energetic interactive sessions.

Networking for newbies

08:45 – 09:15

Start the day with an in-person masterclass in Networking with pensions personality Joe Craig.

This smooth operating, word magician from Quietroom will add sparkle to your social skills to help up your contact and add value to your professional relationships.

Make sure you sign up for this when you book your ticket.

Fireside chats and panels to take on the big topics.
Getting under the skin of current hot topics we will gather round for some heated discussions covering AI, big business and building the best teams.

As promised we are bringing you the most innovative, exciting and relevant conference the pensions industry has ever seen. Come and be in the room where it happens. (Or, obviously, you can dial in. Because we’re NextGen.)

Spread the word to your brightest colleagues.

NextGen conference audience

Teeny tiny speaking slots making big impressions.
Relatable and relevant from those who embody the mission of NextGen.

Our mini speaking slots are filled with fellow NextGen members who have bravely stepped forward to share their experiences and thoughts on what’s going on in the world of pensions today.

Each speaker has been paired with a mentor to help hone and craft their message and delivery. Learn not only about their topic but pick up some tips on how to interest and engage an audience.


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