Workshops

Delegates can choose from a choice of 29 diverse workshops based on Risk Management or Insurance related topics.

Please click on the below dates to view the content for each workshop.  Workshops are for delegates only.  In order to guarantee your place at your preferred workshop, you will need to select your workshop during the time of booking onto the conference.

A1: What you need to know about the latest trends in D&O                                                                       In this interactive workshop, Dan Holloway (London D&O Underwriting Manager, UK & I) will look at key trends in the D&O market, focusing on:

  • Regulatory and criminal actions: what are the current drivers of changing exposures, can we learn from experience and what can we expect ahead?
  • Investor activism: in terms of activity, Europe appears some way behind the US, where shareholder activism has been on the rise for some time, but will it catch up?
  • Governance: what changes to governance best practice are emerging post-crisis and what do these mean for management liability risk in companies?
  • Top five emerging D&O liability hotspots

Presented by Chubb

A2: Fixed Asset Management and Insurance Valuation – the 21st Century Approach
What is an insurance valuation? Which company assets should be valued? How often should a valuation be carried out? These are the common questions we are often asked by clients and the answers might surprise you, come along to our session to find out more. During our talk we will also discuss current valuation methodology options including desk based valuations, suitability and the associated risks. We will also cover the impact of data quality on valuations, the importance of good property records and update you on everything you need to know to prepare for the Insurance Act 2015.

Presented by Duff & Phelps, the AIRMIC preferred provider for valuations

A3: Influencing Work-Related Driver Behaviour &  Improving Defensibility Through Controlled Document Management & Mitigating Your Risk / Claims when sites or locations close down.
GB have developed an online portal to assist in the management of key documentary evidence used in assessing and defending liability claims. The portal also allows claims adjusters to evaluate the quality of the evidence and feed this back via the portal to drive improvement.

Also an outline of how to manage risk and claims exposure when sites / locations are closed down or lost. We will be focusing on a recent case study example of a client with a complex business structure.

Presented by Gallagher Bassett

A4: The evolving terrorism threat
The success of intelligence agencies across the globe underpinned by committed military operations has made a significant impact on the infrastructure of terrorist organisations seeking to mount attacks in Western Countries.  However after Paris, Tunisia, recent kidnappings in the Philippines and a life sentence for a 15 year old in the UK.  What does the future hold for lone terrorists operating in the name of the larger organisation?

Understanding terrorism risks and how they can impact your organisation is key in determining the appropriate risk management and risk transfer solutions for your business.

In our workshop we will consider the threat in detail, discussing how to most effectively understand the impacts of a range of scenarios and outlining best practice approaches to risk management and insurance of terrorism risk.

The challenges posted by groups aligning themselves with extreme terrorist views are constantly changing and generating operational and strategic concerns for governments and business. Recent developments reinforce that organisations owe their employees and people they are responsible for a duty of care.

Presented by JLT Specialty

A5: Fair Presentation Adaptation
Mactavish considers the steps required to adapt to the new duty of fair presentation. Having authored both the BIBA and FERMA guides on the subject and worked with a range of policyholders to help them develop compliance plans, Mactavish will bring a unique depth of expertise to the session.

Mactavish experts, the former Law Commissioner who authored the Act and senior barristers are going to briefing on this key challenge:

  • First renewal under the new regime
  • Process requirements of the new duty
  • What should you expect of your broker
  • Who counts “senior management”
  • A successful reasonable search process
  • Impact on captives and reinsurance

Presented by Mactavish

A6: What makes a risk management programme successful?
Effective risk management should be a feature of all successful organisations and it is one of our key underwriting considerations.     Risk and insurance managers are facing increasing pressure on their budgets and resources, with a requirement to achieve even more with less.   This comes at a time when the management of risk is frequently elevated to a Boardroom issue and is front of mind for both investors and regulators.  New risks are emerging and the complexity, scale and scope of risk is rapidly changing.  It is often beyond the comprehension of a ‘generalist’ with broad business experience but with limited technical risk expertise.

There is a greater need for technical experts within risk management and recent research demonstrates that companies who invest in and have a mature risk management culture routinely out perform their peers who do not, by up to 3xEBITDA.

Against a backdrop of needing to demonstrate greater value for money, how does a risk manager determine the optimal allocation of limited resources?  What are the critical resources, both in-house and third party, as opposed to the nice to haves?  What really makes a difference and how can it be measured?

Our workshop, hosted by Jeff Carr, Director of Client Service and Chris Gill, Senior Risk Manager, will explore how risk managers can develop their internal value proposition and identify the key elements of a successful risk management programme, sharing findings from QBE’s latest wave of Business Risk Sentiment Research.

Presented by Jeff Carr, Director of Client Service and Chris Gill, Senior Risk Manager, QBE

A7: Complex international insurance programmes – striving for regulatory harmonisation
This session will look at international insurance compliance developments and the constant increased scrutiny faced by organisations from the global regulators.

Petra will be joined by leading industry experts from the legal and compliance field, to share views on how Risk Managers can respond to the growing challenges – with examples of international solutions and how to structure a compliant global programme. There will be a particular focus on implementation and the requirements to consider.

Two Risk Managers will share their experiences with regards to setting up a complex compliant programme and the lessons they have learnt during this process.

Along with the Risk Managers, this panel discussion will also include an insurance regulator, and a Broker with and Zurich to discuss the way forward and options.  

Presented by Petra Riga, Head of International Sales & Distribution, Zurich Global Corporate

A8: Understanding Health, Safety and Security risk management for work-related international travel and assignments
The management of business travellers can be challenging and problematic for global organisations and continuous research and sharing of best practices is much needed in this area. International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company, invite you to join a workshop which will focus on return on prevention and best practices in the field of Travel Risk Management for international workers. Experts will high-light the findings of two recent papers issued by the International SOS Foundation.

Presented by: International SOS, Control Risks & Griffin Birch

A9: Crisis Management: Protecting your business and people

From cyber-attacks to natural catastrophes, all businesses need to consider how they would respond during a crisis regardless of the event. In this fast-paced interactive workshop, Allied World, together with specialist consultants in risk management and business continuity planning will share valuable insights into managing a crisis and lead a hands-on crisis response exercise.

Topics covered will include:
• Liability – how to look after your employees in a crisis, identifying priorities, how to manage potential claims
• Crisis Management – overview of BS 11200. The difference between management and command; defining roles and responsibilities
• Decision making – who is best placed to make decisions and the importance of doing so in a timely way

Presented by Allied World

B1: Latest developments in Crisis Management
The changing geo-political situation creates new risks and threats for our clients affecting their businesses, their assets and people. Whether that is the growing threat of terrorism, rising levels of political violence or increasing risk of kidnapping and emergency evacuations, they all have one thing in common: companies have to deal with issues outside their comfort zone. In this workshop, AGCS will examine three key pillars of Crisis Management with a special focus on people risk. Speakers from AGCS will run through case studies to illustrate why Crisis Management is of vital importance to any company whether UK based or with interests across the globe.

Presented by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty

B2: How would you handle a kidnap situation?
In today’s volatile global environment, companies operating around the world face a huge array of security risks to their personnel and operations of which kidnap is just one. Though the response to a kidnapping event is an excellent case study of how to handle any crisis.  This workshop provides an interactive and dynamic role-play based performance conducted by crisis management specialists, Terra Firma Risk Management. It includes three vignettes covering key kidnap and ransom topics: proof of life, family liaison and media handling. The audience will be immersed in the unfolding drama of a kidnapping, experiencing at close quarters the very real challenges faced by crisis managers and their advisers. Whilst lively and engaging, this workshop will provide practical advice for handling a real-life kidnap situation.

Presented by XL Catlin

B3: Green Focus – sustainability and emerging risks
Why are more and more organisations worldwide seeking ‘green’ certification for their buildings?

How do you measure sustainable credentials and what value do they add?

What benefits and risks are there in meeting environmental objectives for buildings?

This workshop will debate these questions with the use of case studies supported by world leading experts. It will help delegates to take an informed understanding  of the need to explore and embrace a balanced strategy to identify, design out or mitigate risk to an acceptable level to improve or support Business Resilience.

Presented by AIG

B4: Mergers and Acquisitions – what the Board need to know
 As an organisation considering M&A it is essential to understand the key considerations and challenges ahead, and advise business stakeholders throughout this process.

Sharing insights from Aon’s M&A experts, this interactive session will demonstrate:

– Top ten challenges that can impact the transaction, and how to prepare

– Effective evaluation of exposures, how to manage the risks identified, and add value to the deal

– How to use M&A insurance products strategically to reduce liability as a seller, or increase protection as a buyer.

Presented by Aon

B5: Supply Chain Continuity Management and Business Interruption Insurance
In this interactive workshop, Pete Holmes from the Aviva Corporate and Specialist Risk Management team will discuss supply chain risks and mitigation. Areas covered in the workshop will include:

  • supply chain structures
  • supply chain mapping
  • risk assessment of a supply chain
  • the dovetailing of the above with Business Continuity Planning
  • structuring appropriate Business Interruption insurance including specific extensions for Key Suppliers’

Presented by Aviva Corporate Solutions

B6: Internet of Things  – Managing the risk in the opportunity
 The world is becoming increasingly digital; it’s driven by near ubiquitous connectivity, inexpensive processing and ever-more sophisticated sensor solutions. A proliferation of internet- connected devices means data is everywhere. In the industrial context, these devices, machines talking to machines, can be used to enhance communication, automate complex industrial processes, better manage global operations and supply chain, as well as create unique new value propositions and business models. Conversely, with 50 billion ip-connected devices expected to come online by 2025, the vulnerabilities are dizzying. Willis and partners explore the landscape  of the  threat, identify new risk management challenges associated with introducing new connected value propositions, and look at approaches to managing these new challenges into the future.

Presented by Willis Towers Watson

B7: The death of Captives? Impacts from BEPS / DPT and how to address them
Recent tax changes and the court of public opinion have forced a harsh spotlight on Captives, especially those where tax planning has been a prominent part of their agenda.

Is this a terminal blow for Captives or are there possible remedies? Join a group of Tax, Transaction and Operational specialists from EY to discuss this watershed challenge to the Captives industry.

Presented by EY

B8: Adapt to Survive: Using technology to develop your Enterprise Resilience Framework
Risk aware organisations are increasingly recognising the importance of developing their Enterprise Resilience Framework. To protect against, or adapt to change is imperative to a business’s resilience, and implementing a Risk Management Information System can deliver real results. The need for a business to react and respond to change relies heavily on the systems and processes it uses and the constant need to evolve. We explore the use of risk technology and the role it plays when developing an effective Risk and Insurance Framework.

Presented by Ventiv Technology & PwC

B9: Claims handling under the new Insurance Act
With the most significant changes to English insurance law in over a century just months away, Herbert Smith Freehills will explore how the Insurance Act 2015 and the legislation on damages for late payment of claims are likely to affect the claims handling process and look at ways in which Airmic members can prepare themselves to maximise their insurance recoveries for policies entered into post-August 2016.

Presented by Herbert Smith Freehills

B10: What are the key elements of Financial Loss?
We will discuss liability law, what the insurance market means when it refers to “financial loss”, how the law has changed in this area, contractual liability, financial loss cover provided by UK liability policies, the position in various countries other than the UK, the information insurers will look for when considering requests to give financial loss cover and underwriting financial loss risks.

Presented by RSA

C1: Managing Contract Risk 

Contract Risk Management – why is it important and what can be achieved?

What would happen to you and your business if a claim was made against you that wasn’t covered by your policy?

This workshop will help you to identify the clauses used in the most common commercial contracts that can produce uninsured claims.

In particular you will gain an understanding of how the following clauses can leave your business significantly exposed:

  • express guarantees
  • hold harmless clauses
  • fitness for purpose guarantees
  • extensions of duty of care
  • clauses that can make you responsible for the mistakes of others and much more.

Clarity not Complexity.

Presented by Arthur J. Gallagher

C2: Emerging Trends, Risks & Insights – Digital transformation
The emerging risks of today are the balance sheet-relevant underwriting risks of tomorrow. Detecting emerging risks and assessing their potential impact are therefore critical for the insurance industry to be future-ready. This workshop will demonstrate how the trend of digital transformation may provide opportunities and challenges to the risk landscape of our clients. We will share solid examples of how some digitized business models are improving business opportunities, but at the same time, increasing exposure.

Presented by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

C3: What’s new in 2016? A legal perspective                                                                                                Two Government consultations conclude just before this year’s conference. Backed by influential Ministers (Osborne and Gove) with reputations for getting things done, there is £700m earmarked for implementation. How will improved access to justice through digital courts square with the declared desire to prevent whiplash claims? Will an increase in the small claims limit add to claims inflation? Will the claimant quest for legal costs manifest itself as new claims elsewhere? And what of the “fundamental dishonesty” issues of 2015? Now harder to prove? How will these issues affect your claims history? BLM will consider the issues at its legal update.

Presented by BLM

C4: Effective Risk Management for Large Projects
In an attempt to improve efficiency, increase productivity or access new markets, there will be occasions when companies embark on large capital-intensive projects; some of these will be in overseas territories and others may use unfamiliar technologies. These changes, whilst bringing about opportunity, also introduce unfamiliar risks that need careful consideration if the long-term benefits of the investment are to be realised.

This interactive workshop will take the Risk Manager through a typical project, from initial planning through to operational handover, and will present best practices for managing common property-related risks that are likely to be encountered, from both a loss prevention and risk transfer perspective.

Presented by FM Global

C5: Telematics, Technology and the future of Motor Fleet Risk Management
There have been significant advances in new vehicle technology and retro-fit technologies over recent years.

We are currently in the phase of the “connected vehicle” and there is a common view that we’re moving along the road that could lead to the fully autonomous vehicle.

Before we get to total autonomy, how can these new technologies help you to manage your company drivers?

How do you identify the best solution(s) for your fleet?

HDI Global SE – UK will explore how to best use this technology to support your road risk management, reduce your exposure and ultimately drive down the cost of running your fleet.

Presented by HDI Global SE – UK

C6: Cyber: risk without borders
This workshop will bring together Lloyd’s underwriters and Airmic members to examine what insurers and risk managers should expect of each other in developing and pricing insurance solutions for this most challenging risk. The session will aim to reveal some of the key innovations relating to cyber risk being developed in the Lloyd’s market, and to promote open dialogue on the effectiveness of insurance solutions for assisting cyber risk management.

Presented by Lloyd’s

C7: Are your corporate and risk management strategies aligned?
Do you evaluate your corporate risks on a continual basis?

Lockton understands that risks are constantly evolving and need to be managed strategically. The most resilient organisations will review their priorities often to ensure that both strategies are continually aligned.

In this workshop Lockton will demonstrate with our fresh approach how this works in practice and the innovative solutions that risk managers can take.

Presented by Lockton Companies LLP


C8: Going beyond compliance – The importance of risk culture in achieving best practice Enterprise Risk Management
In executing its strategic objectives, every organisation faces a diverse range of threats and opportunities. Regardless of whether they emanate from internal or external sources, these threats and opportunities necessitate the need for efficient and robust risk management to ensure they are understood, quantified and prioritised, and that risk management supports the organisation’s decision making processes. The revision of the UK Corporate Governance Code in September 2014 has increased focus on the identification of principal risks in the short, medium and longer terms as well as Board’s appetite for taking risks and the controls required to ensure they remain tolerable.  Board ownership, optimised risk transfer and monitoring of the risk profile through management information systems are givens; understanding and enabling the right organisational culture however is a differentiator which is determining corporate performance and market reputation.

 Presented by Marsh

C9: Pragmatic Tools to boost Contract Certainty
Whilst the Insurance Act 2015 goes a long way to clarifying the disclosure process, the concept of ‘Fair presentation’ still leaves risk managers to find practical ways to ensure their insurers have a complete understanding about the risks to be insured.

In this interactive workshop, AXA Corporate Solutions UK considers what constitutes a “fair presentation of the risk” and look at potential options to help all parties achieve a shared understanding of the risks covered. In particular, underwriters will consider the uses and limitations of various techniques including:

  • Tri-partite input to gauge and develop disclosure process adequacy,
  • Pre-Contractual Disclosure Assessment / client ‘Fair Presentation’ guidance,
  • Disclosure Discussions,
  • Business Diversification Scenario Planning,
  • Policy Read Through,
  • Claims Scenario Planning,
  • Regular underwriting site visits

Presented by AXA Corporate Solutions UK

C10: How do we solve a problem like Drones – Business need and Insurance Challenge
Drones are now a reality in day-to-day business and life, whether surveying construction sites or pipelines, filming for media companies or as a hobby. The near future could even see drones delivering goods for retailers. Yet insurance coverage remains a matter for debate.

In this cutting edge workshop Generali will be analysing a range of subjects around coverage, claims and regulatory developments, giving suggestions as to potential problems and the questions a Risk Manager needs to ask of the business.

Presented by Assicurazioni Generali.