Speakers List - Investment Content Marketing Conference 2017


Peter Beckett

Head of Marketing - Digital, Content & International


Peter Beckett is Head of Marketing - Digital, Content & International at Schroders. In this role Peter has specific responsibility for the digital and content strategies for Schroders, areas which have been a core focus for marketing over the past couple of years. In his nearly 15 years at Schroders (in two stints) Peter has held a number of roles across the global marketing function focusing on the UK, Europe and most recently Asia Pacific. Peter has also worked at UBS Global Asset Management and KPMG Consulting in London, and State Insurance in New Zealand.

Michael Booth

Regulatory Director


Mike is a Regulatory Director within the Eversheds Regulatory Consulting practice. He has been working as a trusted advisor to investment firms for over 10 years and specialises in providing pragmatic and proportional ways for UK firms to comply with UK and European regulations. His experience has been gained through in-house and consulting roles, in addition to 14 months at the FCA where he worked within the team that provide guidance to the supervision teams for investment fund managers. Mike is a relationship manager for several investment managers across all asset classes and specialises in risk, compliance and governance projects.

In 2016 Mike was recognised in the Financial News Top 40 under 40 as a rising star in legal services.

Niels Footman

Head of Marketing


Niels has worked in sectors ranging from start-ups to consumer electronics to finance, in both the Far East and the UK. Beginning as an Editor for the Korean arm of the International New York Times, and freelancing for titles including CNNGo and Time Out, Niels then spent several years working as a Commissioning Editor at Korean Air's inflight magazine, before becoming a consultant for a WPP company working on LG's global PR campaigns. Niels more recently completed an MBA at Cranfield University before making the transition into financial communications. Today, he is the head of marketing at Copylab, a global financial-copywriting company.

Simon Hillenbrand

Director of UK Retail

Henderson Global Investors

Simon Hillenbrand is Head of UK Retail at Henderson and has worked in the investment industry for more than 20 years. Prior to its acquisition by Henderson, Simon was managing director of UK retail sales at New Star Asset Management.

He began his career with Morgan Grenfell Asset Management before joining Invesco (latterly Invesco Perpetual) in 2000 where he was responsible for London-based discretionary clients. In 2002 he moved to New Star Asset Management to perform the same role and in 2007 became Managing Director of UK Retail Sales.

John Magrath

Partner, Head of Distribution

TwentyFour Asset Management

John is one of the partners at TwentyFour, having joined in February 2011 as Head of Distribution.

John has responsibility for the firm's Wholesale business, including Sales, Marketing and Communications.

Prior to joining TwentyFour John was in a senior sales role at F&C Investments/Thames River working primarily in the UK Retail market. John has over 27 years of financial services experience. He gained broad experience in asset management working in strategy, marketing, business development and operations for F&C Investments and RSA Investments.

Kira Nickerson

Head of Editorial

BNY Mellon Investment Management

Kira has been a journalist in the UK financial industry for almost 20 years. She is the former editor of Investment Week, judge of the Fund Manager of the Year awards, freelance journalist and co-founder of writing agency Elite Investment Communications. In 2013 Kira joined BNY Mellon IM, transforming the group's traditional investment communications team into an audience-led, in-house publishing unit.

Joe Parkin

Head of UK Wealth and Retail

iShares BlackRock

Joe Parkin is Head of UK Wealth and Retail at iShares, where he is responsible for the distribution of BlackRock's passive business in the UK. This involves sales and relationships with private banks, wealth managers, advisers, discretionary clients, D2C and adviser platforms, and digital clients. This includes the distribution of iShares ETFs, BlackRock Index Funds and BlackRock passive solutions.

Charlotte Povey

Head of Content Strategy


Charlotte is Head of Content Strategy at Barclays, which means her team is there to be the North Star for Barclays content. Charlotte and her Content Strategy team, create strategies for Barclays UK content that align business priorities and customer needs. They define the content themes, the structure, the tools, systems, people and processes needed to steer the Customer Engagement Team to achieve their vision of beautifully effective content. Charlotte launched the Barclays Editorial Board in 2014 across the Barclays group - this is an agile, omni- channel, content marketing strategy, which delivers seasonal and topical content centred around customer and client needs, while simultaneously supporting Barclays' key business objectives. Connect with Charlotte here.

James Whiteman

Head of Investment Communications

Aberdeen Asset Management

James is currently Head of Investment Communications at Aberdeen Asset Management - responsible for content generation predominantly in the EMEA region. He joined Aberdeen in December 2010 having previously worked for the investment platform Hargreaves Lansdown where he trained as a Financial Adviser. Follow James @JamesWhiteman4 and add him on LinkedIn here.


Hardeep Tawakley

Content Strategist

Incisive Media

Hardeep Tawakley is content strategist and responsible for content generation across Incisive Media's core magazines and brands as well as the wider financial services industry. She joined Incisive Media in 2013 as an editor on Investment Week before taking up her current role in January 2017. A business and financial journalist for ten years, Hardeep has been nominated for, and won several awards during her career. Follow her on twitter @HardeepT

Tom Wright

Director of Content & Performance Marketing Services

Incisive Media

Tom Wright is Director of Content & Performance Marketing Services at Incisive Business, with responsibility for the creation and syndication of customer content across both the technology and finance divisions. Originally a Publisher in the technology division, Tom has worked on content and lead generation strategies and campaigns for over a decade, delivering actionable sales intelligence with proven marketing ROI - and making award winning content along the way.