Island of Ireland Forum: Fresh thinking and new products needed from insurers

Published on Wed, 28/09/2022 - 19:35

A keynote panel will discuss fresh thinking, innovation and new product innovation.

Insurance leaders will address Airmic’s inaugural Island of Ireland Forum in Dublin on 25 October with a keynote panel to discuss the issues facing risk professionals north and south of the border.

Stephanie Ogden, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, HDI Global, will be one of those speaking on the panel.

She tells Airmic News that insurers need to upskill and innovate in response to the challenges they face.

“As we come out of the pandemic, it is clear the industry needs to continue to invest in making the products simpler, more flexible and with greater transparency,” she says.

“To do this, we need fresh thinking and a new skillset in the industry,” adds Ogden.

HDI has an office in Dublin. Like most London Market international insurers, Brexit has compelled the company to consider its approach to provide continuity of passporting market access to continue to serve UK, Irish and EU customers.

“In the last two years, we have invested a great deal of time reviewing our proposition in Ireland,” says Ogden.

“We established that we wanted to build a stronger presence in Ireland, closer to our customers and brokers. We have invested in our people and have moved to a new modern office in the centre of Dublin. We are here for the future,” she says.

The Island of Ireland Forum event is the first of its kind hosted by Airmic – providing an important opportunity for risk professionals with interests in Northern Ireland and the Republic, as noted in a recent Chief Risk Officer interview by Airmic News.

“The risk and insurance industry in Ireland is so important, and its place globally is ever more important in a post-Brexit world,” says Ogden.

“Insurers are relying much more on their Irish operations. However, it is very important to recognise that Irish clients and brokers want a marketplace in Dublin – and not just in London,” she adds.

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