Economic Secretary to Treasury confirmed for landmark equity release event

City minister John Glen MP has become the latest high-profile guest to confirm he is speaking at the inaugural Equity Release Summit in London, on March 12.

Mr Glen will join several other influential figures at Church House Westminster.

They include including: Money and Pension Service chair, Sir Hector Sants; Resolution Foundation chair, Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, Rt Hon Sir Steve Webb, Rt Hon Damian Green MP; and Institute for Fiscal Studies’ director, Paul Johnson.

The Equity Release Council event includes main floor plenary sessions examining the major domestic public policy issues of the day, from intergenerational fairness to care funding and retirement.

In addition, there will be interactive panel-based subject-specific parallel sessions and a sold-out exhibition hall. The main sponsor is Key Group and registration is available at

Jim Boyd, Equity Release Council chief executive officer, said:

“It is our intention that the one-day Summit will be the landmark equity release event in the industry’s calendar, growing and developing year-on-year in terms of impact, recognition and profile.

“We have already set ourselves an incredibly high bar in our inaugural year and the level of industry support and the calibre of the speakers and breakout sessions has exceeded our expectations.”

The Summit follows last year’s Council member survey in which a third of respondents (32%) said they would welcome opportunities to support Council activities.

With Mr Glen added, the list of speakers and breakout sessions now looks like this:

  • Welcome from David Burrowes, chair of the Equity Release Council
  • John Glen MP, economic secretary to the Treasury
  • Sir Hector Sants, chair of Money and Pensions Service
  • Breakout sessions on vulnerability (sponsored by More2Life) and the future of advice (sponsored by Pure Retirement)
  • Intergenerational fairness and housing wealth debate with: Rt Hon Lord David Willetts, chair of Resolution Foundation; John Godfrey, L&G’s director of corporate affairs and former head of the No.10 policy unit; and David Sinclair, director of Intergenerational Longevity Centre (UK)
  • Care funding and housing wealth debate with: Rt Hon. Damian Green MP; Jacqueline Berry, director of My Care Consultant; Steve Groves, chair of Retirement Bridge and Key Group; and Dr Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive, Local Government Information Unit.
  • Breakout sessions on vulnerability (sponsored by Just) and the launch of the Council’s competency framework
  • Pensions and housing wealth debate with: Rt Hon Sir Steve Webb, partner at Lane Clark & Peacock; Chris Curry, director of the Pensions Policy Institute; and Simon Thompson, CEO of Key Group
  • Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies examines previous day’s budget
  • Networking drinks hosted by main sponsor Key Group.