PADSN Deputyship Day

When: 12th October 2023 | 10:30am – 12:30pm
Online, via Livestorm
Cost: FREE

The second Deputyship Day of 2023, originally scheduled to occur in-person, has officially moved online! Hosted by PADSN (Public Authority Deputies Support Network) in collaboration with Finders International, our CPD partner. This event is a must-attend for both public and private deputyship professionals.

The PADSN Deputyship Day is a platform for industry professionals to discuss and share knowledge on hot topics, issues, and challenges facing the industry. Our line-up of speakers includes industry experts across a variety of specialties across Deputyship, and with their knowledge and proficiency, they will provide valuable insight and guidance to help you stay ahead in the field. For this session, our speakers will be covering topics such as; The Investment Market currently, Deputies & Probate, Forms and conflicts of interest, and what to do when there is No Known Next of Kin. We will also be hosting live Q&A’s to ensure you get all your questions answered.

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Our Speakers:

Gemma Hopper
Senior Associate & COP Solicitor
Nelson Law

Gemma Hopper is a Senior Associate at Nelsons’ Court of Protection team, having joined the team in November 2019. She is an experienced Solicitor who qualified in 2016 with the Office of the Public Guardian, where she worked as an in-house Government lawyer representing the OPG within the Court of Protection.

Gemma deals with a range of Court of Protection work, including the management of property and financial affairs under the authority of attorney and deputy appointments. She is also a Director at Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), an organization that empowers vulnerable adults across the country by ensuring legal advice is readily available and sourced in confidence.

Gemma is a Trustee for Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, which gives her a unique understanding of the role of a Trustee and their obligations. Gemma’s areas of expertise include mental capacity, Lasting and Enduring Powers of Attorney, attorney and deputy authorities, gifting applications, OPG authority, Personal Injury Trusts, and charity administration.

Ben Slater
Managing Director
Nellie Supports

Ben Slater is a dedicated and highly qualified Social Worker with a wealth of professional experience. His impressive career includes serving multiple local authorities and successfully managing a children’s centre.

What truly sets Ben apart is his unwavering passion for making a positive impact on individuals’ lives and local communities.

Holding a prestigious 1st Class honours degree from the University of Lincoln, Ben’s expertise extends beyond traditional roles. He has also shared his knowledge as a guest lecturer at various universities and currently guides and supports aspiring social workers as a practice supervisor.

Ben’s qualifications are extensive, including accreditation as a financial vulnerability assessor, Montreal cognitive assessor, and ACEII Assessor. Additionally, he excels at delivering educational talks and has been a featured speaker at numerous PADSN events. Ben’s commitment to improving lives is evident through his impressive career and dedication to education and assessment.

Kat Harrington-Milne
Investment Director

Kat has worked with recipients of personal injury awards for 20 years. She provides specialist advice to clients, professional and lay deputies and guardians, and trustees of personal injury awards. Kat joined Rathbones in 2020 from Barclays Wealth.

Kat is passionate about helping her clients, together with their legal representatives, take control of their financial future. Her goal is to ensure every client can make informed decisions, driven by a clear understanding on how this might affect their long term financial position. Her advice is tailored to the individual needs of each client, depending on their circumstances, as well as the nature and severity of their injuries. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and a Chartered Financial Planner of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Kat is working towards the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners Diploma.

Amy Kirby
Investment Manager

Amy joined Rathbones in 2013. She manages private client and Personal Injury and Court of Protection portfolios. Amy is a member of the Rathbones Fixed Income Collectives Committee. She is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, having obtained the Chartered Wealth Manager qualification in 2017. In doing so, she became the youngest person to achieve this qualification aged 21. Amy also holds the CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. Amy was the winner of the Rising Talent Award at the 2021 PIMFA Diversity and Inclusion Awards.

Event Organiser:


David Lockwood
Senior Business Development Manager
Finders International

Dave is a former Deputy Decision Maker appointed by the Court of Protection in England and Wales. Dave’s experience comes from working in four diverse local authorities across London and the South East, dealing with varied services, ongoing legislation changes and increased workloads with decreasing resources; managing expectations from both the public and internal colleagues.

Not only does Dave have experience of acting as a Deputy under the Court of Protection, he is also well versed in the complexities of dealing with the statutory obligation of providing funerals under the Public Health Act. Dave is also one of the founding members and former chair of APAD (The Association of Public Authority Deputies).


Finders International are CPD members

Member of the CPD Certification Service, Finders International provide accredited training, workshops & events suitable for continuing Professional Development.
View our member profile and our past CPD accredited events via the CPD website here.

This event is Carbon Neutral!

For 2023, Finders have pledged to offset the carbon usage of all our online event activities. To do so, we will be planting 1 tree for each webinar we host.

You can be rest assured that tuning into this webinar will contribute to your individual and firms goal towards reducing your carbon footprint! Read more about our Carbon Footprint pledge here.

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