Young Money Panel Event – book now!


The big Young Money debate – your invitation

What are the financial issues affecting today’s young people and how do these affect the rest of society?

Following the significant interest in MRM’s recent report into young people’s finances, we have organised the Young Money panel discussion to investigate the implications of our findings.

Hosted by headlinemoney editor Andrew Michael, the high calibre team of panellists will explore the financial issues – such as pensions, the housing economy, banking  and debt – affecting today’s young people and the rest of society.

Why not tweet them with your views right away?

  • Steve Bee, managing director of Paradigm Pensions, @PensionsGuru
  • Annie Shaw, founder of CashQuestions, @CashQuestions
  • Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Personal Finance Education Group, @TraceyBleakley
  • Iona Bain, freelance journalist, @IonaYoungMoney
  • Andrew Michael, editor,, @HeadlineAndrew

Other panellists to be confirmed.

Tickets to the event are limited, so please book your place quickly to avoid disappointment.


Date: Wednesday 14th November 2012

Time: 8.00am for 8.30am start

Venue: Legg Mason offices, 201 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3AB

Ticket price: £30.00 (£10 of which will be donated to MRM’s charity of the year RNIB)

CONTACT cat.ommaney[at] to reserve a ticket.



Andrew Michael, editor of headlinemoney
Andrew joined headlinemoney in 2007. He is a former financial journalist and editor with 20 years’ experience of working across an array of both B2B and consumer money titles. From Pensions Week (which he launched in 1997) to the Financial Times, Mail on Sunday and The Times. Andrew’s won several journalism awards and, since 2010, has also been chairman of judges for headlinemoney’s annual media awards programme.

Tracey Bleakley, chief executive of Personal Finance Education Group (PFEG)
Tracey joined PFEG following three years as UK Director of MEND, a social enterprise running family community-based programmes to tackle overweight and obesity, and thirteen years in management consultancy. As the UK’s leading financial education charity providing resources and advice to those teaching young people about money, PFEG’s aim is to keep financial capability high on the UK’s education policy agenda. Tracey is also a school governor and a fellow of the RSA.

Iona Bain, freelance journalist
Iona is a 24 year old blogger who writes about personal finance for children and young people in several publications, including the Daily Mail, the Financial Times and the Glasgow Herald.  She established Iona’s Young Money Blog in 2011, the first of its kind in the UK, after taking an intense interest in the financial issues affecting the younger generation, particularly since the recession took hold. She recently contributed to a roundtable at the House of Lords on financial advice and writes regularly on young money issues for investment houses and high street banks. She also writes for the Daily Mail and Glasgow Herald, as well as commenting on the original Young Money report as an expert in the field.

Steve Bee, managing director of Paradigm Pensions
Steve is a multi-award winning speaker, blogger and industry personality. Passionate about all things pensions and benefits, his tweets have put him on the top tweeter lists of both Times Money and This is money. He is a published cartoonist and only person ever to have submitted evidence to a Commons Select Committee in cartoon-strip format. Steve has spent the last two years developing JargonFreeBenefits, an online pension compliance and flex- benefits system giving employers and employees at SMEs access to the systems and benefits historically reserved for the very largest organisations. He also runs the website, which aims to be the leading source of no-nonsense information and analysis for anyone with an interest in pensions.

Annie Shaw, founder of CashQuestions, @CashQuestions
Annie is a highly-respected industry figure with 20 years’ journalism experience. She is the founder of CashQuestions, unique website which allows members of the public to ask questions about personal finance and have them answered free of charge by an expert. Former editor of the Sunday Telegraph’s property section and financial agony aunt for the Independent on Sunday, Annie is currently a freelance personal finance writer for a range of national newspapers, and is a frequent broadcaster on personal finance and the credit crunch on radio and television. She writes the Money Matters section for the Daily Express and the Money Clinic section for  Saga magazine. In 2011 Annie was shortlisted for headlinemoney’s Consumer Champion of the Year award and this year won the consumer award for Best Use of Social Media.

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