Birmingham 2016 Insurance and Financial Services Conference

Wednesday, 08 June 2016
8:30 am

Full agenda announced!

8.30am: Arrival & registration with tea, coffee, breakfast baps and cookies

9.00am: Introduction: Prithpal Saimbi - President of Birmingham Insurance institute

9.10 to 9.45am: Key note introduction: John Redwood MP - the economy and the global economic outlook

At this point the conference will split in two:

In The Studio In the Suites
9.50 to 10.30am

Dr Philip McRae - Managing Director of BHSF Occupational Health will talk about mental health issues in the workplace

Caroline Coates, Partner and Head of Automotive at DWF Law will talk about driverless cars, the technology, the legal and insurance issues of them.

10.30 to 10.50am

Break with Tea, coffee and muffins.

Break with Tea, coffee and muffins.

10.50 to 11.25am

Gary McInally, Chief Actuary of Flood Re will talk about getting the value out of Flood Re. This will cover the intention of Flood Re.; how it was launched; how it adds value as well as lessons learned.

Simon Littlejohns, Tax Partner at Friend Partnership Limited will talk about how tax doesn't have to be taxing. This will focus on tax planning for high net worth individuals. It will look at recent tax changes, this year's budget changes as well as subsequent announced changes.

11.30am to 12.10pm

Alistair Kinley of BLM Law will look at recent legislation and its impact on insurance policy liability. Alistair will also cover the Insurance Fraud Taskforce and whiplash fraud

Chris Green of Chris Green Media will give a talk on Crisis, What Crisis? How to avoid making a drama out of a crisis. This will look at how with careful planning and with a media crisis plan you can help your business survive a reputational or financial crisis. It will also cover why "no comment" is never the right thing to say.

12.15 to 1.00pm

James Dalton, Director of General Insurance Policy at the ABI will talk about building the reputation of the general insurance sector. His talk will cover key policy challenges in the general insurance market and increasing consumer trust in general insurance and the reputation of the sector.

Jonathan Newbold a Partner at Browne Jacobson LLP will talk about When things go wrong: how to reduce the risk of FCA Enforcement Action. This will focus on what happens If appropriate systems and controls are not implemented to reduce the risk of data loss and fraud. How FCA regulated firms could be subject to FCA Enforcement Action, so knowing what the FCA expects and how to deal with the regulator when such an event arises is essential.

1.00 to 1.40pm

Lunch. A finger buffet with orange juice and water

Lunch. A finger buffet with orange juice and water

1.40 to 2.25pm

Tim Jones – UK/I PI and Cyber manager of Chubb Insurance & Paul Handy the Head of Global Technical Services - Continental Europe, Middle East & Africa - Crawford & Company Adjusters (UK) Limited will talk about cyber insurance –why you need it; how the policy works and the importance of incident response management.

Matt Green the Chief Executive of Idex Consulting will talk about developing your personal brand in order to achieve your life goals. This will look at examples of individuals who have inspired people through openly setting and achieving life/career goals. What is your social media footprint and how does this reflect your aspirations? Understand the ways in which you can add value to organisations, identify gaps in your toolkit and create a proactive career and education strategy to ensure you have the experiences, knowledge and skills to be able to achieve your personal life goals.

2.30 to 3.10pm

A joint session with Sian Fisher the Chief Executive of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Keith Richards the Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Society

3.10 to 3.30pm

Tea, coffee and cakes

3.30 to 5.00pm

A debate “This house believes that it is in the best interest of the Midlands insurance and investment sector that Great Britain leaves the European Union”

Speakers from both Stronger In and Vote Leave will put forward their case and answer questions raised from the audience.

Birmingham Insurance Institute (BII) has announced details of its new-look 2016 insurance and financial services conference, to be held at the Birmingham Repertory theatre on Wednesday 8th June.

MP and former cabinet Secretary of State for Wales John Redwood will be the keynote speaker, offering his thoughts on the UK economic outlook in the run-up to the EU referendum.

The Birmingham branch of national wealth managers, Charles Stanley, is principal sponsor of the event which features further keynote presentations by the new Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Sian Fisher; Personal Finance Society CEO Keith Richards; Brendan McCafferty, CEO of Flood Re; James Dalton, the Association of British Insurers' Director of General Insurance Policy and Doctor Philip McCrea, Managing Director, BHSF Occupational Health. Further speakers will be announced shortly.

The conference will provide an opportunity for more than 300 insurance and financial services professionals from across the region to hear latest developments direct from key industry decision makers and debate current key topics such as driverless cars; cyber liability; insurance fraud; flood insurance and protection; tax planning and talent attraction, as well as what happens if you get referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. Parallel sessions will run with one aimed at general insurance and one at financial services.

The conference will close with a debate between leading lights in the Vote Leave and Stronger In campaigns, with delegates given the opportunity to ask questions and debate the implications for the insurance and financial services sectors remaining in or exiting the EU.

President of Birmingham Insurance Institute, Richard Scott, said:

"We are delighted to have secured a panel of very influential speakers from across the profession. They were all keen to come and talk in Birmingham, which is a testament to the importance of the region's insurance and financial services sector.

"Local companies Charles Stanley, Chubb, Idex, Mills and Reeve and QuestGates were quick to offer their support, which has helped us guarantee a strong line-up, and provide delegates the chance to network with sector senior managers and fellow professionals."

Mark Merten-Jones, Branch Manager of Charles Stanley Birmingham, said:

“We are delighted to sponsor such a prestigious event and to support our colleague Prithpal Saimbi as the President Elect of Birmingham Insurance Institute. He is a valuable asset to the branch and we look forward to supporting him and the BII.”

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