Air reveals headline speakers for National Later Life Lending Conference 2024

Later life lending network Air has revealed the industry speakers who will headline The National Later Life Lending Conference on Thursday 13th June 2024 at The Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire.

The conference will offer attendees various sessions tailored to meet the needs of brokers in an evolving later life lending market.

Delegates will enjoy the opportunity to network, hear the latest updates on the ongoing Comprehensive Conversations Campaign and explore the famous motorsport venue.

The event will include a keynote speech from former Formula One champion, Damon Hill.

The conference will begin with the Air Academy Summit, where an assembly of industry experts will cover topics including ‘The changing demographics of later life customers’ and ‘The future of later life lending’.

Some of the expert line up includes, Russell Warwick, strategy director at Key Group, Marie Catch, head of retirement mortgage market development at Legal & General; Ben Allan, compliance director at The Right Mortgage Network, Ben Waugh, managing director at more2life and Darren Deacon at the Family Building Society.

Advisers can also attend the Air Academy Symposium, a panel of industry stakeholders, which will include notable names such as Charlotte Allen, chief compliance and risk officer at Key Group, Daniel Wraith, head of product governance at PRIMIS, and Chris Wood chief conduct and compliance officer at Aviva.

This year’s panel will discuss navigating regulatory compliance in later life lending, including the ongoing effects of the Consumer Duty, the latest innovations in the market, and the later life lending market’s evolution towards a more affordability-focused model.

In between sessions, advisers can explore a central exhibition hall that will host a range of special guests from across the later-life lending industry and the wider mortgage industry.

A series of ‘speed-dating’ round tables will offer delegates the opportunity to further engage with lenders and Air ambassadors on current focused topics to support their businesses.

Paul Glynn, CEO at Air, said: 2024 has been a year of seismic change; the launch of our Comprehensive Conversations Campaign outlined a new vision for later-life lending in a rapidly evolving market, but we could not have achieved our current momentum without the support of the advice community.

“The National Later Life Lending Adviser Conference is an opportunity for UK advisers to come together, gain frontline insights from the industry’s key innovators, and develop a better understanding of where the later-life lending sector has been and where it’s going next.

“Back by popular demand, we are proud to announce the return of our popular Air Academy Masterclasses, representing the cutting edge in adviser education.

“In addition, we’re excited to officially roll out the Air Pitstops, so we can speak directly to our adviser partners and focus on the industry themes that matter most to their businesses.”

Colin Bell, COO at Perenna, added: “In an everchanging market, it’s all too easy for advisers to feel isolated and disconnected from the wider advice community.

“Events like the National Later Life Lending Adviser Conference provide an opportunity for industry collaboration, to gather and outline a fresh vision for later life lending in 2024.

“The Comprehensive Conversations movement is such a vision, and one I am proud to support.

“I look forward to representing Perenna at the Air Summit.”

Keith Richards, CEO at Consumer Duty Alliance, concluded: “Consumer Duty is continuing to transform all sectors of retail financial services.

“As we fast approach the first anniversary and implementation of additional rules on 31st July, it is vital that firms and advisers can access comprehensive resources and support on how to both meet and evidence their consumer duty obligations.

“The National Later Life Lending Conference is an ideal forum for advisers, lenders, and experts alike to share experiences and insights as part of the ‘Comprehensive Conversations’ Manifesto, which aims to establish a new standard of consumer-focused service excellence in the later-life-lending market.”