A Glimpse Into The Future

Vue Cinemas
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
11:15 am – 2:00 pm (UK time)
    • Karen Ashton, Senior In House Engineer, AXA Insurance
    • David Williams, Technical Director, AXA Insurance
    • Simon Clarke, Managing Director & Owner, Clarke Infinity

Title: A Glimpse Into The Future

Time: Registration/Lunch 11:15, 12:00 start, until 14:00.

Cost: Free (lunch included)

Who should attend? Anybody involved with insurance and/or an interest in future technologies.

Electric Vehicles - details TBC

Content & Learning Objectives

• How electric vehicles have evolved – timeline
• Environmental issues – the need for change
• Repairability of electric vehicles and the associated challenges

Speaker Biography

Karen started her career as an apprentice mechanic in a small family run business carrying out service and repairs to private cars and light commercial vehicles. On completion of her apprenticeship she wished to continue with her studies and completed her Institute of Automotive Engineer Assessors course.(I.A.E.A)
This sparked her interest in the world of motor insurance and soon took up the exciting opportunity of a technical assistant within the claims team of a large insurer. Her promotion to Field Engineer followed within 12 months and this was one of the steepest learning curves she has experienced.
Children came along which presented new challenges and the requirement for more flexibility so she pursued a Training opportunity with a leading North West training provider to deliver motor vehicle mechanical and body repairs to years 10 & 11, apprentices and adult learners becoming a self-taught tutor whilst undertaking the required qualifications at a local college in the evening.
After a spell of approx. 7 years she wanted to return to the exciting world of motor insurance and filled the vacancy of In House Engineer at AXA Insurance and progressed to In House Senior Engineer in 2015 which is her current position and the highlight so far is being the winner of the VDA Bodyshop Magazine Awards 3 times.

Driverless Cars

Content & Learning Objectives

  • Have gained an understanding of some of the Government backed consortia and why AXA & other insurers are involved in these
  • Seeing how the UK Insurance industry is responding and the workings of the ABI ADIG
  • Understand details of the governments work with regard to making Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAV's) a reality for the UK
  • Be aware of Possible Timelines for the various stages of Driver assistance systems moving through to fully autonomous driving
  • Have discussed possible impacts of CAV's on the current insurance market, including changes to Motor and Public/Products Liability
  • Have considered the implications of the Uber Crash

Speaker Biography

David has over 30 years’ experience in General Insurance, roles including Chief Commercial Underwriter at one of AXA’s largest branches, Reinsurance Manager, Casualty Insurance Manager, Managing Director Claims and Managing Director UnderwritingActively involved in the Government and ABI responses to the ‘Liability Crisis’ way back just after the Access to Justice Act, he continues his lobbying work as the insurance industry looks to remove unnecessary costs and delay from the current adversarial compensation process. He is an outspoken critic of Claims Farming, Credit Hire, High Legal Costs and exaggerated Whiplash Claims.David leads AXA’s work on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, including work with 5 Government backed Consortia (including Venture, UK Autodrive, & Flourish) and is Chair of the ABI Autonomous Driving Insurance Group. He also Chairs RISCAuthority, the CII Underwriting Faculty, is a Board Member of the Fire Protection Association, and is a Non-Exec Director of AXA Assistance UK.

Connected Homes


Over the last three decades we have seen many changes in the luxury home entertainment industry, such as the rise of smart home technologies and home cinema. The session looks at current consumer trends and the evolution of connected home technology.

Learning Objectives

  • An insight into the technology that is currently available
  • Costs and installation processes
  • Consumer trends
  • Potential impact on underwriting and claims costs

Speaker Biography

Simon Clarke is Managing Director and Owner of Clarke Infinity. Clarke Infinity was founded over 30 years ago and is one of the longest standing companies within the AV industry specialising in home cinemas, automation and entertainment systems.

  • Vue Cinemas
  • Middlebrook Leisure Park
  • Bolton
  • BL6 6HJ

CII Accredited

This demonstrates the quality of an event and that it meets CII member CPD scheme requirements.

2 1/2 hours' CPD can be claimed for this event if relevant to your learning and development needs.

It is recommended that you keep any evidence of the CPD activity you have completed and upload copies to the recording tool as the CII may ask to see this if your record is selected for review. Details of the scheme can be viewed online at www.cii.co.uk/cpd.