TV Con Man
Alexis is a charismatic and experienced after dinner speaker and keynote speaker on security and risk. His after dinner speeches entertain and educate, as he uncovers ingenious scams, from the most elaborate to the deceptively simple. He also speaks candidly on the threats posed to businesses and the cleverest ways to protect ourselves against potential fraudsters, both in the real and the ‘virtual' world.
Scamming, Card Cheating & Fraud Expert
Alexis Conran has turned the world of scamming into an entertaining art form and is acknowledged both as a uniquely talented performer and someone you do not want to be playing cards with.
Most recently Alexis has spoken at the RSA security conference both in Europe and the US, he has spoken at events for Experian, RBS, Halifax, Aviva, MIA the motorsport industry and has also worked as an advocate of the Scam Busters campaign for the Office of Fair Trading.
Recently he has spoken for the Met Police and the DCPCU.
David Smith has been economics editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also an assistant editor and policy adviser.
He writes monthly columns for Professional Investor, British Industry and The Manufacturer, and is also a regular contributor to the CBI's Business Voice and other publications.
Prior to joining The Sunday Times, he worked for The Times, Financial Weekly, Now! Magazine, the Henley Centre for Forecasting and Lloyds Bank.
A widely respected economics commentator, David is the author of several books, including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism; Mrs Thatcher's Economics; North and South; From Boom to Bust; UK Current Economic Policy; Eurofutures; Will Europe Work?; Free Lunch: Easily Digestible Economics; The Dragon & the Elephant: China, India and the New World Order; The Age of Instability: The Global Financial Crisis and What Comes Next, and - in 2015 - Something Will Turn Up; Britain's Economy Past, Present and Future.
He was born and brought up in the West Midlands and studied at the Universities of Wales, Oxford and London. He is a visiting professor at both Cardiff University and Nottingham University, and has lectured at Nottingham's Malaysia and Ningbo (China) campuses. He has won a number of awards, including the Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the Year Award, the 2013 Economics Commentator of the Year Award and the 2014 Business Journalist of the Year Award in the London Press Awards.
Entrepreneur Talent Manager
Richard Thompson is the founder and chief executive of M&CSaatchiMerlin, a creative talent management agency that manages the careers of names such as Freddie Flintoff, Jamie Redknapp, Sir Bradley Wiggins and David Gandy. MCSaatchiMerlin is the first management agency to be acquired by a global advertising agency.
Richard also has a solid reputation in private equity, helping to turn around TV production company TwoFour which was sold to ITV Studios in 2016, where he remains as chairman. Until last year, he was chairman of MAMA Group, the UK's biggest independent live music company, which he successfully exited on behalf of Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), selling the company to Live Nation.
He is the youngest ever Chairman of Surrey County Cricket Club and a Non-Exec Director of The ECB.
He is passionate about social mobility having left school at 16 with 5 O-levels, and set up his first company selling computers when he was 19. He built his second company, EMS, into a £25m information technology company, which was sold to Mosaic Group plc. He has successfully founded three businesses which have all been sold or floated.
Richard, who lost his father to dementia in January 2017, is a very warm supporter of Alzheimer's Society and has raised thousands of pounds through his fundraising activities. A keen cyclist, Richard has twice taken on the challenge of Ride London, a 100 mile distance event, to raise funds for dementia and Alzheimer's Society. He was one of the top fundraisers for the 2017 ride. Richard also helped in the marketing of the charity's new brand - United Against Dementia - and is always willing to lend his support either in person or through his social media accounts.
Steve specialises in intellectual property, media, privacy and communications-related issues, working mainly with the creative, digital, technology and advertising sector with a nationally-recognised niche specialism in issues involving social media. He deals in both contentious and non-contentious matters, ranging from litigation before the High Court to cross-jurisdictional disputes and complex advisory work, reducing commercial, reputational, regulatory and legal risk. Steve works across the public, private and third sector, with both agencies and those who buy from them. He leverages commercial expertise gained during his time in house and has a passion for the sectors he works with for the benefit of clients.
Broker Distribution Director
Chris joined Ecclesiastical in 2015 and was promoted to Broker Distribution Director in 2017. He has worked in a range of sales and distribution roles during his 20 years in the commercial insurance industry. Before joining Ecclesiastical, he led the Real Estate and Schemes teams during his time with RSA and Covea. Chris now leads the broker engagement strategy for Ecclesiastical and Ansvar, working with his sales team to ensure delivery of propositions that bring our specialist risk appetite and unique ownership model to life.
Adrian joined Ecclesiastical in July 2014, his role as Commercial Director is responsible for delivering both Ecclesiastical and Ansvar’s intermediated distribution strategy. He is responsible for our regional offices in Manchester, Birmingham, and London along with the Corporate business in Gloucester and Ansvar in Eastbourne.
His career in insurance spans over 30 years focused on sales, marketing, distribution and underwriting. He has held senior roles at Marsh, Zurich and Hiscox.
Theo is a founding director of Acturis. Previously Theo was a partner at McKinsey & Company, having joined McKinsey in 1991 and becoming a partner in 1997. He led McKinsey's general insurance practice in the UK, was a member of McKinsey's European insurance leadership group. Theo has worked extensively with both insurers and major international brokers over a period of several years. Theo is fellow of the Faculty and Institute of Actuaries.
Sales and Marketing Director
Jeff joined Acturis in 2012 after 20 years of industry experience with Close Premium Finance where he specialised in business development and e-commerce.
He has a vast experience of managing strategic business relationships and heads up the Acturis sales function as well as managing a number of key insurer, broker and partner relationships.
Chairman and CEO
Manchester Underwriting Management
Charles has some 35 years' experience in the insurance industry, having worked for MGAs, brokers and insurers, from junior to CEO level and as an entrepreneur.
Charles is currently:
• Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Manchester Underwriting Management Ltd (a UK MGU)
• Chairman of MGB Insurance Brokers Limited (a Lloyd's Broker that is a subsidiary of MUM)
• A member of the supervisory board and a shareholder of a Polish MGA
• Non-executive director of an A-rated UK insurer
• Chairman of the Managing General Agents Association, the MGAA
Previously, Charles has been Chief Executive Officer of a UK insurer, as well as founder and Managing Director of Dickson Manchester & Co Ltd, a wholesale Lloyd's broker.
So he has a close understanding of the big issues affecting brokers, insurers and MGAs alike.
Manchester Underwriting Management
Richard has over 30 years' insurance experience and started his career with General Accident. In 2000, Richard moved to Hiscox Insurance Company where he took on responsibility for establishing the London Branch writing professional indemnity, commercial and high value household insurances.
During 2004, Richard moved to HCC International as a Director of the Professional Indemnity Division. In 2008, he took on the role of Head of Marketing & Broker Development working with all underwriting divisions of HCC International, before joining Manchester Underwriting Management in 2010, where he is the director with responsibility for Claims and for Marketing and Broker Development.
Bundeep Singh Rangar
Bundeep Singh Rangar is a London-based entrepreneur who has started, invested in and advised a number of fintech companies in the UK, Canada and India.
He holds founding CEO roles in PremFina, a UK insurtech co. that enables the purchase of insurance premiums; IXL Holdings that's facilitated more than $300 million in bank financing to UK lending companies; Canadian blockchain firm Fineqia; and London-based advisory firm IndusView.
He has advised the Boards of high-growth start-ups such as Skype and multinationals like India's Tata Consultancy Services, Germany's T-Mobile and Volkswagen, the U.K.'s BT, Hays, Experian and Sage; Denmark's Saxo Bank and US firm Bloomberg.
He was previously MD of Technology Markets (Europe) at NASDAQ market maker Knight Securities. Earlier, Bundeep created the first index of European Internet stocks at Bloomberg, where he hosted Europe's first daily live TV show on the Internet and technology.
Bundeep holds a MSJ degree from Columbia University, New York; a BA from McGill University, Montreal; a Diploma in Internet and Advertising from the University of California, Berkley; a Diploma in International Relations from the University of Vienna, Austria; and a Diplôme d'Études Collégiales in Commerce and Pure and Applied Science from Marianopolis College, Montreal.
Mark Foley is a career banker with extensive experience in providing banking services to SMEs and corporates. At Macquarie Bank Mark worked closely with insurance brokers providing acquisition and MBO finance. He has acted on deals including secured and cashflow lending, MBO & acquisition funding, highly leveraged transactions, premium finance, deposits and payment solutions. Mark previously held senior management, relationship director and sales roles at Handelsbanken, Lloyds TSB, RBS and HSBC, as well as running his own businesses. Particular strengths include leadership, relationship management, risk management, financial analysis and modelling, gained through a diversity of roles in a commercial and corporate banking environment. Mark Foley is currently the Managing Director of PremFina.
Director - Commercial Intermediary
Deepak Soni is a Director of Commercial Intermediary at AXA. He joined the business in February 2015 as Director of E-trade, having previously spent 9 years at Hiscox in various roles, including the leadership of the Hiscox direct business across the UK and Ireland. In January 2018, he assumed responsibility of Schemes and MGA's alongside the management of AXA Connect E-trade.
In his current role Deepak is responsible for developing and executing AXA's commercial e-trading and schemes strategy in the broker market; key areas of growth to 2020 and beyond. His career to date has a very strong customer emphasis running through it from a number of different angles (product development to sales & marketing) and across different industries (retail to banking and insurance).
Marketing and Broker Development Director
Alasdair joined AXA in 2011 where he is a member of the Commercial Intermediary leadership team and the Global Distribution Board. He has worked previously at Arla Foods, Independent Insurance and the CII.
Chartered Insurance Institute
Steve has over 35 years experience in financial services. Much of his early career was spend working in various roles within the AXA group in the life sector, latterly as Head of Bancassurance.
Steve joined the CII in 2006 with a brief to lead its corporate and market relationships. He played a leading role in shaping the CII's response to the UK Regulator's Retail Distribution Review, a key element of which was the promotion of professional standards. He has worked closely with the UK general insurance industry Taskforce defining and implementing the Aldermanbury Declaration, a framework of professional standards for insurers and insurance brokers. More recently Steve played a key role in the review of Corporate Chartered status for the financial planning and general insurance markets.
Steve leads CII's support for employers in the UK market and has played a key role expanding CII's international presence where it is working with local regulators, major employers and education institutes.
Steve is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner
Development Manager - SMEs
Chartered Insurance Institute
Sandra joined the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) in March 2013 as regional membership manager for the North West and North East of England. Her role involved working to improve local communications and membership services, increase membership numbers and raise the profile of the CII and the insurance profession across the North and South West of England. In October 2017 Sandra moved to the new role of Development Manager - SMEs, which involves supporting SMEs across the insurance broking and financial planning sectors.
Head of Risk Engineering, Property and Casualty
A Chartered Mechanical Engineer and holding a Master’s degree in Risk Management, Andy heads up the global risk engineering team for MS Amlin’s Property & Casualty business.
Prior to joining MSI, (now MS Amlin), his career had been in industry. Initially starting out in the steel industry, Andy held a variety of roles within maintenance and project engineering functions, before progressing into the chemical sector and then finally into food manufacturing for a large UK national.
During this time he moved from engineering management into health and safety and then finally into broader risk management roles.
Keen to promote continual improvement through challenging the way we view and manage risk and support both clients and underwriting, we have adopted an old Henry Ford quote as our team focal point, “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." This simple but powerful statement is a constant reminder that you cannot sit still in today’s dynamic, ever changing risk based environment.
Product Lead Package & Deputy Head of UK Property and Casualty Underwriting
Grant is the Package Product Lead and Deputy Head of Underwriting at MS Amlin for the UK.
Prior to MS Amlin, Grant was an underwriter for Motor Trade business at NIG. Since joining MS Amlin 13 years ago, Grant has held various underwriting positions ranging from the front line underwriting of Property, Casualty and Motor, through to leadership positions in the London market, Personal Lines and Regions.
Current responsibilities include leading the UK regional underwriters, commercial delegated authorities and also holding responsibility for an MS Amlin owned broker.
Grant is an advocate of utilising data to not only enhance underwriting ability but to also help clients understand and improve their businesses. Whether it’s identifying trends through portfolios of SME clients, or targeted data analytics for larges corporates, it is clear that data can and should play a key role in risk management.