1st June 2022 | 13:00 - 14:00 | Live Online

Business feedback - a sneak preview of the Schroders H1 adviser pulse survey

Join us again on 1st June as Schroders share a sneak preview of their mid-year Pulse survey, a temperature check which asks advisers how they are feeling about markets, sustainable investing, adviser business challenges and other key topics. Gillian Hepburn, Head of Intermediary Solutions will be joined by Alex Funk, CIO, Schroder Investment Solutions and Philip Martin, MD, Unique Financial Planning will review and discuss the early findings!

‘Great session, really insightful!’, ‘Thanks, a really helpful session’ – just some of the feedback from advisers who attended our last working lunch with Schroders where they discussed the findings from their 2021 Adviser Survey.

By the end of the session the delegates will be able to: 

  • Understand views on the Investment market in these days of high inflation, cost of living crisis and the Russia/Ukraine conflict
  • Discuss the importance of ESG factors when selecting funds, clients views on sustainable investing and some of the challenges with the proposed legislation
  • Assess your business in the context of wealth transfer, the opportunities, difficulties and potential impact on succession planning


Gillian Hepburn, Intermediary Solutions Director, Schroders

Gillian has over 30 years’ experience in financial services and joined Schroders in 2019 as Intermediary Solutions Director. She is responsible for investment solutions for the UK Intermediary channel which includes the new Schroder Investment Solutions, a range of model portfolios and multi-asset funds.

Gillian is a well-known and respected industry figure and regularly judges industry awards.

Alex Funk, CIO, Schroder Investment Solutions

Alex Funk is the CIO of Schroder Investment Solutions which offers a range of Model Portfolios and Multi-Asset Funds. Previously Alex was the CIO of Benchmark Capital where he was responsible for all Portfolios and Funds managed under its discretionary permissions.

Alex has many years of financial services experience which ranges from Discretionary Fund Management, Corporate Finance, Banking, Capital Raising, Private Equity to Venture Capital. Alex started managing a discretionary fund management business in South Africa and Mauritius, where he designed and managed model portfolios for financial advisors and wealth management firms across the world.

Alex has extensive experience in managing Multi-Asset Portfolios in the UK and is responsible for a range of Portfolios and Funds. Alex holds a Bcom Honours in Financial Analysis (Cum Laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and is a CFA Charterholder.

Philip Martin, CEO, Unique Financial Planning

Philip co-owns and manages Unique Financial Planning, a general advice business with thirty advisers operating predominately in the south of England, alongside a couple of other non-executive roles. Before this, he was Proposition and Marketing Director at Openwork for six years, with responsibility for product propositions, marketing, PR and leading its investment company, Omnis Investments.

Prior to that, Philip spent two years with F&C Investments with responsibility for the asset manager’s UK retail proposition and was Business Development Director at wrap provider Nucleus Financial Group, which he co-founded in 2006. He had previously been a founder-director of consultancy Abacus Financial Marketing, working with more than 65 life companies, asset managers, IFAs and industry bodies on a variety of strategic and proposition projects.