A blue-sky kind of day

The first Insurance News conference gets a positive reception

Take 250 insurance people away from the office for a day and expose them to expert views on the global and local influences that will govern the industry’s immediate future. Mix in a bunch of industry leaders and thinkers to add balance to the challenges the industry faces. Focus the day firmly on the immediate future of Australian insurance. Finally, choose a venue that allows attendees to enjoy coffee and lunch breaks in the harbourside sunshine, and you’ve got the inaugural Insurance News conference in Sydney in March.

Chaired by Insurance News Managing Director Andrew Silcox, the Where Is Insurance Going? conference has received positive reviews for every session.
The conference also kicked off a cycle of half-day seminars through the year that will examine single issues.

And it allowed Insurance News co-founder and Publisher Terry McMullan to tick off another fulfilled ambition. He told delegates a conference that focused on information rather than viewpoints had always been seen as part of the publication’s development.

“What makes the Insurance News conference different is that we don’t have any particular causes to push or viewpoints to justify,” he said. “No gimmicks, no ‘hottest’ anything, just facts and expert opinions you can use in your daily working lives.”

Individual speakers at the event were Finity Director and actuary Susie Amos (How Insurance Got to Where It Is); Lloyd’s Regional Director for Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa Chris Mackinnon (The Wide World of Insurance and Where It’s Going); Steadfast Chief Operating Officer Nigel Fitzgerald (The Way Ahead in a Rapidly Changing Environment); KPMG Partner Scott Guse (Affordability, Availability, Viability, Reliability); and Envest Chief Executive Greg Mullins (A Vision for the Future).

Lively discussion sessions featuring leaders from across the industry focused on present pressures and possibilities, the emerging role of technology, and the immediate future for insurance. They were moderated by Insurance News Editor John Deex, Deputy Editor Wendy Pugh and Mr McMullan.

The “pressures and possibilities” panellists were IAA Chief Executive Shaun Standfield; Marsh FINPRO Leader Jason Howard; Suncorp Group General Counsel Michelle Bain; and Liberty Mutual Global Risk Solutions Global Product Leader, Casualty, Noel MacCarthy.

The technology panel featured MGA Managing Director Paul George; insurtech leader Frank Costigan; and Risk IT Managing Director Simon Agar.

Panellists for the future outlook session were Axa XL Chief Executive Catherine Carlyon; Underwriting Agencies Council Chief Executive Jenny Bax; AUB Chief Executive Mike Emmett; IAG’s CGU and WFI Chief Executive Jarrod Hill; PSC Chief Executive Australia and NZ David Hosking, and broking veteran and CBN Chairman Gary Seymour.

Gold partners were Axa XL and Liberty Specialty Markets, and sponsors were AAMC and Our Ark.

Insurance News Chairman and Publisher Terry McMullan with panellists from left: AUB CEO Mike Emmett; Underwriting Agencies Council CEO Jenny Bax; CBN Chairman Gary Seymour; Axa XL CEO Catherine Carlyon; PSC CEO Australia, NZ and Asia David Hosking; and CGU and WFI CEO Jarrod Hill.

KPMG’s Scott Guse examined affordability and availability

Envest CEO Greg Mullins outlined a vision of the future

Envest CEO Greg Mullins outlined a vision of the future

Packed house: more than 250 people attended the conference