More conference activities unveiled as delegate numbers maintain record levels

Published on Sun, 01/05/2016 - 23:00

Members who attend the Airmic annual conference will have a choice of four seminars taking place Wednesday morning on emerging hot topics, as an addition to the existing programme.  Meanwhile, another new attraction will be a series of lunches based around different themes on the opening day, sponsored by partner organisations.

The four seminars cover scenario analysis, insurance innovation, engaging the board in risk and employee benefits (see inset for more details).  

“The seminars have been scheduled with one aim in mind – to help members in their jobs,” said CEO John Hurrell. “The topics we have chosen are all ones that members have indicated are rising up their list of priorities, and will add to the value they can give their organisations.”

The seven lunches cover a wide range of topics (also see inset), including fair presentation under the Insurance Act, cyber and data analysis, as well as the opportunity to meet ambassadors for an injured servicemen’s charity or to cycle the local Yorkshire countryside.

See also: How scenario analysis goes to the heart of risk management

The Airmic conference, New Frontiers in Risk, takes place in Harrogate between June 6 and 8. With a record attendance expected, the event will confirm its position as a must for risk and insurance professionals.


1. A framework for Scenario Analysis, and how this can be put into practice.

Jenna Andrews, Operational Risk Manager at ORIC, will outline the key steps of scenario analysis; from the initial planning stages through to the final communication and socialisation of the output.  Eddie McLaughlin, Chief Commercial Officer (EMEA) at Aon will then demonstrate how Airmic members can tailor this framework to achieve three very different aims; crisis management planning, insurance policy stress testing and strategic risk assessment.

2. Innovation – how can the insurance industry respond to the evolving risks of businesses?

Producing innovative solutions for the intangible risks of Airmic member companies is an ongoing challenge for the Insurance industry. Airmic will present a panel discussion looking at the specific challenges and consider how insureds and insurers can work together to understand the insured’s business and develop truly relevant cover. The panel will include Thomas Hoad - Tokio Marine Kiln, Adriano Lanzilotto – FM Global and Mike Jacobs – Dyson.

3. Board Engagement - framing the board’s risk conversation

Airmic through John Hurrell and Julia Graham have been working with the Chairman's Forum, CIMA and Alvares and Marsal to explore the needs of FTSE 250 chairmen and their boards in connection with their responsibilities for risk governance.

It was clear from the three breakfast meetings they attended that chairmen and their boards recognise the scale of their challenge and the need for support and expertise to help them understand the ramifications of their rapidly changing risk profiles.

Airmic shall be launching jointly a guidance piece aimed at boards in the autumn but will be previewing this for members at the conference. The key message is that there is a real need to support the board, and we hope that our members are given the opportunity to provide this support.

One of the recommendations is the use the 'Risk and the Business Model' tool we launched last year which, as the title suggests, gives boards an insight into how their rapidly changing business models can impact on the risk profile of the company

Employee benefits - what risk managers need to know to get engaged

High-performing companies have health, well-being and associated employee benefits at the heart of their strategic thinking. Employee benefits can help the company attract and retain talent - but these covers must be integrated into the overall business model and operate to the same professional standards and budgetary considerations as any other aspect of risk management or insurance. The right business insurance acts as a strategic enabler, underpinning companies' ambitions and allowing them to seize new opportunities.  This session will address the increasing profile of the risk manager in the management of employee benefits, and how insurers and brokers are increasingly responsive and ready to support the risk manager's role. This session will be led by Willis Towers Watson and senior Airmic members, referencing a new Airmic guide to be published at the conference.


Partner lunch schedule for the conference

Aon Data and Analytics Networking Lunch

Shaping the future of risk – Join Andrew Tunnicliffe, CEO of Aon Risk Solutions UK, to hear how data and analytics is impacting the future management of risk.

RSA & Hill Dickinson Lunch

Join us to hear an overview of what is happening in the retail environment and changing consumer behaviours.

Willis Towers Watson & Rushton Networking Lunch

CEO, business woman, role model, campaigner for women in business and mother– all terms that have been used to describe our speaker at this year’s Women in Business lunch.

FM Global Lunch

‘Cyber cover – what can you expect from your Property Insurer?’ Join us for lunch with Benedict McKenna, Operations Vice President – Operations Claims Manager, and learn how to tell the difference between cyber property exposures and cyber liabilities. r loss.

AXA Corporate Solutions Networking Lunch

Working together to achieve Fair Presentation.

XL Catlin ‘Walking with the wounded’ Networking Lunch

XL Catlin is proud to support Walking with the Wounded – a UK-based charity who raise funds for the training and education of our wounded servicemen and women. Come and meet ambassadors from the charity and to hear about the incredible expeditions they have completed.

JLT Specialty Cycle Ride

JLT will be hosting a ride out with members of JLT Condor; Britain’s longest standing professional cycling team. Riders will be joined by National Champions and future talent for a two-hour ride around the local Yorkshire lanes