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Chris is Head of Pensions Investment & Education @ Columbia Threadneedle Investments
He has over 30 years experience of the finance and investment industries, having spent the past 25 years training, presenting, lecturing and writing on many aspects of economics, investment, pensions, risk management, asset management, governance and pension scheme trusteeship for which he is regularly featured and quoted in the pensions and investment press.
As Head of Pensions and Investment Education, Chris is responsible for raising the company’s presence and profile in the global institutional market, principally the UK pensions market, mainly through thought leadership and other generic educational initiatives. Prior to joining the company, Chris was Client Director of Cass Business School Executive Education, with responsibility for client business development and the design and delivery of bespoke pensions and investment education programmes. Prior to this he was Head of Investment Education at Aviva Investors and a Trustee Director and Investment Committee Member of the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme.
In addition, Chris is Independent Trustee Director and Investment Committee Chairman of the Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund and the Atkins Pension Plan, a Non Executive Director of the National Grid UK Pension Scheme, Chairman of the Threadneedle WorkSave Pension Scheme Governance Committee and a Senior Visiting Fellow, Finance Faculty, at Cass Business School, London
Chris Wagstaff provides a flavour of what needs to change if defined contribution (DC) outcomes in the UK are to improve materially and sustainably and good outcomes are to become the norm.