2016 LAPF Investments Awards – Winners

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Following the outstanding success of the launch in 2015 of the LAPF Investments Awards for local authority pension funds and their advisers, the 2016 LAPF Investments Awards, were held at The Savoy Hotel in London on the 1st September.

Featuring a judging panel composed of some of the most-respected names in the industry, the awards are designed to recognise the best in the UK public sector arena and are a great way to celebrate achievement within the LGPS. We are delighted to say that with strong attendance from some of the most senior figures in the UK pensions industry, these awards have already become a “must attend” event in the LGPS calendar. Host for the evening, Mark Durden-Smith, was hugely entertaining and it’s fair to say that his slightly irreverent approach really helped make the evening special.

Congratulations to all the finalists and of course the winners, and we hope to see you all again for next year’s awards which will once again be held in the Savoy Hotel.

Our congratulations to the winners:

 


Large LGPS Fund of the Year Sponsored by BNY Mellon Investment Management


Winner: West Yorkshire

Highly Commended: Lothian

Shortlisted
Dyfed
North East Scotland
Strathclyde

West Yorkshire commented:
Yunus Gajra, Business Development Manager at WYPF, said “I am extremely proud that WYPF has won this prestigious award and it is due recognition for the hard work, dedication and professionalism of staff who provide a first class service to members and employers in the pension fund. WYPF will continue to seek innovative solutions to an ever increasing complex pension scheme at a low cost to ensure that members get the best value for money from us.”

 

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Investment Strategy of the Year Sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management


Winner: Lothian

Shortlisted
Enfield
Essex
Lancashire
Strathclyde

 

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Active Manager of the Year


Winner: Majedie Asset Management

Highly Commended: Newton Investment Management

Shortlisted
Hermes Investment Management
M&G Investments
MFS Investment Management
Pictet Asset Management

 

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Best Approach to ESG Sponsored by LaSalle Investment Management


Winner: NILGOSC

Shortlisted
Environment Agency
Lancashire
Newham
Strathclyde

NILGOSC commented:
“For the last ten years we have implemented our own bespoke ESG strategy but we know we are not alone in doing this with the Local Government sector. Therefore, we were absolutely delighted to win this year’s LAPF Investments Award for best ESG Strategy in respect of both our responsible investment principles and also our dedicated staff who well deserved this recognition.”

 

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Private Equity Manager of the Year


Winner: Partners Group

Shortlisted
Adveq Management
BMO Global Asset Management

 

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Fixed Income Strategy of the Year Sponsored by Newton Investment Management


Winner: Lancashire

Shortlisted
NILGOSC

Lancashire commented:
“We were all immensely proud to be recognised for our Fixed Income Strategy. I was pleased that LCPF’s thought leadership, backed up by concrete action, saw us stand out at the awards. Our focus exclusively on private debt and credit opportunities in the Fixed Income space is ground-breaking and fairly unique, which probably put us over the line in the face of some really strong competition. It’s a great team effort from all of those involved – as well as the investment team which implemented the strategy, hats off to our Investment Panel and Pension Fund Committee for having the confidence to back the strategy in the first place.”

 

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Property Manager of the Year


Winner: LaSalle Investment Management

Shortlisted
Aviva Investors
Invesco Perpetual
M&G Investments

 

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LGPS Investment Performance of the Year Sponsored by Darwin Property Investment Management


Winner: Lothian

Shortlisted
Essex
Lancashire
Strathclyde
West Midlands

 

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Emerging Markets Manager of the Year


Winner: Macquarie Investment Management

Highly Commended: BMO Global Asset Management

Shortlisted
PGIM Fixed Income
Pictet Asset Management
Pioneer Investments

 

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Risk Management Strategy of the Year Sponsored by BMO Global Asset Management


Winner: Cheshire

Shortlisted
Essex
Local Pensions Partnership

Cheshire commented:
“To be recognised for our unique approach to risk management is fantastic and is testament to a committee that really understand their responsibilities and are prepared to make bold decisions for the benefit of scheme employers. Our risk management strategy ensures that different groups of employers have access to an appropriate investment strategy, and that funding improvements can be captured by varying the exposure to growth assets. This has helped employers to lock in gains achieved through positive investment performance, reduced funding level volatility and helped to ensure that contribution rates are managed in a prudent way.”

 

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Alternatives Manager of the Year


Winner: Darwin Property Investment Management

Shortlisted
BMO Global Asset Management
J.P. Morgan Asset Management
Partners Group
Unigestion

 

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Fixed Income Manager of the Year


Winner: M&G Investments

Shortlisted
CQS
Insight Investment
PGIM Fixed Income
Pictet Asset Management

 

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Infrastructure Award Sponsored by AGF Investments


Winner: Berkshire

Highly Commended: Lothian

Shortlisted
Essex

 

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Judges Award


Winner: John Hattersley

 

 


LDI Manager of the Year


Winner: BMO Global Asset Management

Shortlisted
Insight Investment
Legal & General Investment Management

 

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Governance Award Sponsored by Aviva Investors


Winner: West Midlands

Highly Commended: NILGOSC

Shortlisted
Clwyd
Essex
Newham

West Midlands commented:
The Chair of West Midlands Pension Committee said: “It is with great honour that I take an active role as the Chair of the award-winning West Midlands Pension Fund. Being recognised as a leader in the field would make any Trustee Chair proud, but being acknowledged for how we do things makes this one particularly special.“

 

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Multi-Asset Manager of the Year


Winner: Newton Investment Management

Highly Commended: Investec Asset Management

Shortlisted
Legal & General Investment Management
Ruffer
Standard Life Investments

 

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Collaboration Award Sponsored by Sarasin & Partners


Winner: Pensions Shared Service (Camden, Merton, Richmond, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth)

Highly Commended: Cheshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire

Shortlisted
Brunel Pension Partnership
London CIV
West Yorkshire Pension Fund

 

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Investment Consultant of the Year


Winner: bfinance

Shortlisted
Aon Hewitt
Hymans Robertson
JLT
Mercer

 

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Small Fund Manager of the Year


Winner: Majedie Asset Management

Shortlisted
Hermes Investment Management

 

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Large Fund Manager of the Year


Winner: Standard Life Investments

Shortlisted
Legal & General Investment Management

 

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Outstanding Contribution of the Year Sponsored by Investec Asset Management


Joint winners: Jill Davys and Dawn Turner

Shortlisted
Ged Dale
Jeff Houston
Nicola Mark
Charlotte Thompson
Paul Tysoe
Mark Wynn

 

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Small LGPS Fund of the Year Sponsored by Partners Group


Winner: Lothian Buses

Highly Commended: Southwark

Shortlisted
Lambeth
Newham

 

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