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Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Received from Councillor Rupert Perry.

2.

Declaration of substitutes

Minutes:

Councillor Jean-Roger Kaseki substituted for Councillor Rupert Perry.

3.

Declaration of interests

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

         if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

         you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)      Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b)        Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)        Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial interest) and the council.

(d)        Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)        Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month or longer.

(f)        Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g) Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

Minutes:

None.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2015 pdf icon PDF 35 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2015 be confirmed as a correct record and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

 

5.

Pension Fund performance from July to September 2015 (to follow)

Minutes:

The Chair apologised for the fact that the Performance report (agenda item B1) had not been available for circulation with the agenda and was still incomplete, as final figures for some managers were not yet available and therefore the total fund estimate could not be estimated by WM Company. 

 

The Head of the Pension Fund and Treasury Management explained the reason in the delay in the figures from WM Company. Unfortunately a period of time after quarter end was required to generate manager reports and the timing of this Sub-Committee was too early in the cycle to have allowed sufficient time for this. In addition, WM Company had had to wait for the first full quarter figures from Schroders, the Fund’s new Diversified Growth Fund manager, for inclusion in the total fund estimate.

 

Following discussion, it was agreed that the report in its current form, although incomplete, should be considered by the Sub-Committee. For the future, meetings of the Sub-Committee were to be arranged on a date which fell approximately six weeks after quarter end. 

 

Given the lack of final financial information in the report, the Sub-Committee agreed that there were certain recommendations in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources that could not be approved at this meeting viz recommendations 2.1 and 2.3.

 

It was noted that the final total fund figures from WM Company would be circulated to members of the Sub-Committee and Board once they became available.

 

RESOLVED:

(a) That the report by AllenbridgeEpic Investment Advisers on fund managers’ quarterly performance, detailed in Appendix 2 to the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, and their presentation be noted.  

(b) That £150,000 be paid to the London Common Investment Vehicle to subscribe for 150,000 non-voting redeemable shares of £1 each in the capital of the Company and that the Shareholders’ Agreement and Articles of Association detailed in Appendix 3 of the report be noted.

(c) That the information on investment management fees prepared by Mercers (Exempt appendix 4 to the report) be noted.

 

 

 

6.

(a) Quarterly WM Company performance report

7.

(b) Presentation from AllenbridgeEPIC Investment Advisers on quarterly performance

8.

Presentation - Franklin Templeton - global property

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee welcomed Chris Orr, Witsard Schaper and Marc Weidner, representing Franklin Templeton Investments, to the meeting.  A presentation on Islington’s Fund was circulated to members.

 

They updated the Sub-Committee on progress on Private Real Estate Fund I and Fund II. Fund I was fully committed and the results were good. Fund II had made three investments to date in Europe and no capital drawdowns had been requested.

 

On behalf of the Sub-Committee, the Chair thanked the representatives from Franklin Templeton for their presentation and for th performance on Fund I.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.

Presentation - Hearthstone - residential property

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee welcomed David Gibbins, Christopher Down and Jeff Pulsford, representing Hearthstone Investments, to the meeting.  A presentation on Islington’s Fund was circulated to members.

 

The Sub-Committee were informed that there had been solid investment performance in this investment, with strong opportunities ahead.

 

The Sub-Committee noted that a number of staff has recently left the firm and questioned whether the remaining six employees was a viable number. Christopher Down stated that he thought that the team was the right size for the business, though they hoped to recruit a Fund Operator within a month.

 

The Chair noted that Islington held over half of the total assets in the Fund. In response to a question, Mr Down said that he was very confident that the growth detailed on page 9 of the presentation was achievable.

10.

Pensions Sub-Committee - Forward Plan 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 181 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the contents of Appendix A, attached to the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, and detailing proposed agenda items for future meetings, be noted.

(b) That the update on the process to procure and appoint an Emerging/Frontier Market manager, detailed in paragraph 3.1 of the report, be noted.

(c) That a session be added to the proposed training schedule for the Sub-Committee and Board on the Actuarial Valuation.

11.

Allianz - transfer of assets to the London Common Investment Vehicle pdf icon PDF 217 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the information contained in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources on the proposed launch of the London Common Investment Vehicle (CIV) with nine sub funds be noted.

(b) That, subject to being satisfied that the Council will not incur costs in excess of the transition fee, the current Allianz equity portfolio be transferred to the London CIV platform by December 2015 and that it be reviewed after 12 months of operation.

12.

Infrastructure implementation proposal via the London CIV pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:

(a) That the latest Government trend on investment policy of local government  pension funds, as detailed in the report of the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources, be noted.

(b) That Islington’s pension fund’s investment strategy to invest up 15% on infrastructure and social housing be reaffirmed.

(c)  That confirmation be sought from the London CIV that they will develop an Infrastructure sub fund or investment vehicle, ideally including social housing, covering Islington’s mandate specification over the next 12 to 18 months.

(d) That if confirmation is not forthcoming from the London CIV as described in resolution (c) above, alternative plans of implementation be sought.

 

13.

Responsible investment in equities - disinvestment from SOCO International pdf icon PDF 298 KB

Minutes:

Members discussed the Fund’s investment policy on social and responsible investment and possible options to exclude unethical investments, having regard to their fiduciary duty and legal position.

 

 

RESOLVED:

(a) That the Corporate Director of Finance and Resources be authorised to disinvest the pension fund from its investment in SOCO International and to reinvest the proceeds in other FTSE All share Companies as part of the In-House Tracker Fund, as far as it is legal and adhering to its fiduciary duty.

(b) That officers request Fund Managers to detail the Environmental, Social and Governance standards used in their investment decisions in order that similar holdings ie where there are serious human rights, environmental and long-term sustainability of assets issues may be reviewed by the Sub-Committee as necessary.

 

14.

Allianz - transfer of assets - exempt appendix