Thursday 15 November, 2018



Welcome to Investival 2018, AJ Bell’s sixth annual investment conference.

Our musical theme this year is the 1970s – an easy choice to make given that the venue for 2018 is the inspiring Shaw Theatre, where superstars like Queen and Elton John entertained crowds in the early days of their careers. The 70s were an exceptionally creative period at the Shaw Theatre, and we’re sure the venue will continue to inspire new ways of thinking when it plays host to Investival.

As well as a new venue capable of accommodating the ever-increasing demand for tickets, we’ve also introduced two panel sessions that will provide you with even more expert insight than in previous years.

So, leave the suit and tie at home and join us for another informal day of music, investment insight and networking that should leave you feeling energised and educated in equal measure. The full line-up of speakers who are set to take centre stage on 15 November 2018 is shown below.

We really hope to see you at Investival 2018

The speakers

Morning panel session: Today’s ideas for tomorrow’s world

AJ Bell’s Investment Director, Russ Mould, will host a Q&A session on alternative investment ideas, touching on Biotech, Artificial Intelligence and sustainable strategies. This session aims to expose the investments for tomorrow’s world that are available now. A thought-provoking, inspiring session that is not to be missed.
Please submit your questions here

Afternoon panel session: Investing in a rising rate environment

This is a chance to hear from four experts in their respective fields as they suggest ways to make the most of the opportunities available in today’s rising interest rate climate. AJ Bell’s Head of Active Portfolios, Ryan Hughes, will lead a Q&A session that will cover fixed interest, equity income (both UK and global) and property, with views from four very experienced and successful fund managers.
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Time Speaker
08:15am Registration
09:15am Nina Warhurst, Introduction and welcome
09:20am Andy Bell, Chief Executive - AJ Bell
09:45am Russ Mould, Investment Director - AJ Bell
10:05am Richard Buxton, Head of UK Equities – Merian Global Investors
10:35am Coffee
11:00am Stefan Isaacs, Deputy Head of Retail Fixed Interest – M&G
11:30am Nick Martin, Fund Manager – Polar Capital
12 noon Panel session – ‘Today’s ideas for tomorrow’s world’ Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship – Schroders Chris Ford, Fund Manager – Smith & Williamson Linden Thomson, Fund Manager – AXA Investment Managers UK Limited
12:30pm Lunch
1:45pm Kevin Doran, Chief Investment Officer – AJ Bell
2:15pm Cormac Weldon, Fund Manager – Artemis Investment Management
2:45pm Panel session – ‘Investing in a rising rate environment’ Nick Gartside, Managing Director – JP Morgan Asset Management James Harries, Fund Manager – Troy Asset Management Limited Ainslie McLennan, Fund Manager – UK Property – Janus Henderson Mark Barnett, Head of UK Equities – Invesco
3:15pm Coffee
3:45pm Henry Dixon, Portfolio Manager – Man GLG
4:15pm Robin Geffen, Founder and CEO – Neptune Investment Management
4:45pm Andy Bell, Close
Networking and evening drinks
5:00pm Guest speaker
6:00pm Live music


Join us at the Shaw Theatre where some of the investment industry’s best talent will take centre stage. With the biggest capacity in Investival’s six-year history, we hope you will agree that this is the perfect setting in which to enjoy our 70’s-themed event.

The Shaw Theatre
Pullman London St Pancras Hotel
100-110 Euston Road

The Shaw Theatre is located just three minutes’ walk from St Pancras Station and five minutes’ walk from both Euston and King’s Cross Stations.
View journey planner here.