Welcome to our 2023 #EmergencySavingsSummit. On this page you will find timings for the day and other session details. We want this event to be as interactive as possible, so join in the conversation via slido and put your questions to the speakers.
About the Nest Insight’s emergency savings programme
Since 2019, we’ve been working with employers and delivery partners to test the effectiveness and impact of a hybrid workplace savings tool called Jars which combines short- and long-term savings goals (also known as the ‘sidecar savings’ trial). Our Jars savings tool research is being trialled with participating employers BT, ITV, StepChange, Timpson and the University of Glasgow. Salary Finance is the trial’s technology partner, providing the Jars tool. This research is supported by the BlackRock Foundation, JPMorgan Chase and the Money and Pensions Service (MaPS).
In November 2021 we launched a second workplace trial. Working with SUEZ recycling and recovery UK and their credit union TransaveUK, we are testing whether an opt-out joining mechanism could enable many more people who want to save through payroll for the shorter-term to get started. And in November 2022, we announced a new pilot with Wagestream to explore the impacts of different nudges to support employees to get started with saving. These two trials form part of our opt-out payroll savings programme, supported by the BlackRock Foundation and MaPS.
Nest Insight leads the workplace savings research programme, working with academics Sarah Holmes Berk, John Beshears, James Choi, Jay Garg and David Laibson as well as MaPS.
Managing Director | Nest Insight
In his role at Nest, Will has published papers on pensions policy, workplace emergency saving and financial wellbeing in the AARP International Journal, the International Journal of Pensions Management and with the World Bank, among others, as well as authoring and contributing to a number of Nest Insight reports. He has spoken on these topics at conferences and events in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America.
Director of Research and Innovation | Nest Insight
Before joining Nest Insight in 2018, she worked in research and strategy consulting roles, leading insight and innovation work addressing a range of future opportunities, including in personal finance and pensions.
Chief Executive Officer | Citizens Advice
Clare was previously a civil servant for nearly 35 years, latterly as Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2015 to 2019, and of the Department for Exiting the EU until its closure in January 2020. Her early career was spent mainly in the Department of Health and the NHS, with senior roles in the Ministry of Justice and the Department for Transport.
After leaving the Civil Service, Clare chaired the Health Foundation’s Covid-19 impact inquiry and worked with organisations including Transport for London and the Bank of England. She is a trustee of the History of Parliament Trust and chairs the South Downs Partnership. Clare was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 2020 Birthday Honours.
Co-Head of Global Social Impact | BlackRock
Co-Founder | Common Cents Lab
Working directly with companies, non-profits, and local governments, Mariel and her team use quantitative methods to design and rigorously test ideas in the field, exploring what is needed, what works, and how to drive impact, primarily in the financial services sector and public policy arena. To date, they have worked with over 100 partners and run over 150 field studies reaching millions of people around the world. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Duke University and a BA in International Relations from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her previous work experience includes Boulder County Housing and Human Services, Peace Corps-Dominican Republic, and Nagle & Associates, a consulting firm for nonprofits and charitable foundations. Originally from Idaho, Mariel enjoys riding bikes, walking in the woods, watching minor-league baseball, and spending time with her partner (Evan) and children (Jones and Alice).
Managing Director | BlackRock
Gavin holds a BA in History and Politics and from the University of London.
Gavin is an author, his debut book The Opportunity Index examines the economics of inequality. He is also the founder of a Financial Education Program which equips secondary school pupils attending schools in disadvantaged areas with the tools and aspirations to enter the corporate world.
Gavin is a trustee of the Old Vic Theatre Trust, the NFL UK Foundation and the Pensions Policy Institute. He has been recognised by the Black British Business Awards as the Senior Financial Services Professional of the year in 2020, he was awarded the Heart of BlackRock for driving a culture of empathy, trust and respect and is listed as one of the top 30 Black Professionals by the Powerlist’s, Power in the City bi-annual ranking in 2019, 2021 and 2023.
Chief Executive Officer | Nest
In the last 8 years Helen has led the product, marketing and operations arms of Nest, before her appointment as CEO in September 2016. Since then, Helen has been at the helm of one of the largest pension schemes in the UK. Using her position to support women in pensions, Helen is a mentor to female pensions and non-pensions professionals, offering guidance and coaching. Helen has signed the Women in Finance Charter on behalf of Nest, overseen the creation of Nest’s first diversity group and published Nest’s gender pay report despite not being required to. Helen is committed to bringing more diversity to Nest’s senior team and is working with her board to establish a senior leadership programme to cultivate the next generation of diverse leaders for Nest.
Sarah Holmes Berk
Research Project Director | Harvard University and NBER (US)
Head of Policy, Research and Public Affairs | StepChange Debt Charity
Executive Director for Propositions, Insights and External Engagement | Money and Pensions Service (MaPS)
Head of Policy | Scottish Widows
Head of Impact and Inclusion | Wagestream
At Wagestream, Emily leads on the scale-up’s work to tackle financial exclusion and build a more inclusive app that improves workers’ financial wellbeing. The role brings together stakeholders across policy, public sector and the financial services sector – from running co-creation sessions with customers, through to leading an Impact Advisory Board. She also runs the company’s programme of academic research in collaboration with leading think tanks and global universities and recently published “Unlocking the Pay Cycle“, a report on the wellbeing impact of flexible pay.
Emily is passionate about financial inclusion, and has been working in fintech since the term itself was coined. Before Wagestream she co-founded a social impact fintech, Touco Lab, which built financial services products for people with cognitive impairments using open banking technology. Touco was awarded grant funding from the Nationwide Open Banking for Good programme, and was accepted onto the Techstars accelerator programme.
Managing Director| J.P. Morgan
Please be aware we are running our 2023 #EmergencySavingsSummit as a paperless event. If you have any questions about the programme or have trouble accessing the agenda, please get in touch with a Nest Insight team member.