UK Broker Summit | 2 & 3 March 2017 | Growing the broker elite

Our exclusive invite only event gathered together the most influential people in the insurance broking community. This year, against the beautiful five star backdrop of Pennyhill Park, we will be joined by inspirational keynote speakers. Delegates also participated in industry changing boardroom sessions that helped define the focus for 2017 and beyond.

This years exciting two day event schedule is outlined below.

*Draft programme - subject to change





Group photo

Editor's Welcome

emmanuell-kenning    Emmanuel Kenning, editor, Insurance Age

Keynote: Economic update

A chief economist from one of Europe's leading economics consultancy will address us on the major economic developments of 2016. We will discover how these trends will affect the insurance market outlook for 2017. There will be a particular focus on recent developments in pricing and demand, and technology developments.

lena-komileva    Lena Komileva, managing partner and chief economist, G+ Economics

Spotlight on: Blockchain

An executive summary of how Blockchain is expected to impact the way future businesses operate. Come away with a comprehensive overview of this emerging technology and an understanding of where you will need to pay most attention to as it becomes adopted by the insurance sector.

christopher-burniske    Chris Burniske, blockchain products lead, ARK Invest


Coffee & Networking  

First interactive focus group
(delegates will attend three of the following)
Maximising the benefits of moving software house

Moving software provider is one of the biggest decisions you can make about your business. Ensuring you select the right partner for you is only the first stage of the process. After this you need to create a clear vision about what you need to consider and do in the implementation phase, and also you need to have clear objectives regarding the benefits you hope to realise after transition. Having grown from a start up to a platform with over 14,500 users, Acturis have a wealth of experience in this area. This includes:

  • What pre transition objectives should I have?
  • What are my key considerations?
  • What post transition objectives should I have?
  • How can I build the system for the future?

theo-duchen-photo    Theo Duchen, CO-CEO, Acturis

jeff-mccracken-photo    Jeff McCracken, sales & marketing director, Acturis



Data and Analytics

Today, data is fast becoming our most valuable commodity. But simply hoarding data is no guarantee of success. In fact, allowing your data to pile up in silos and sit gathering dust is much like owning a super car without the key, it might look impressive but it won't get you anywhere!

  • How can you get your data working for you?
  • Reap the rewards of driving your business forward with data informed strategy.
  • Where will data be used in the future and what impact will it have on our business?
  • What skills do brokers need to pinpoint which data is relevant? There is more than ever before and just finding relevant information quickly and efficiently is key
  • How can brokers learn to interpret and manipulate the data in a business useful way?

brendan-mccafferty Brendan McCafferty, CEO, AXA Insurance
alasdair-stewart Alasdair Stewart, marketing and broker development director, AXA Insurance


How to drive business value from being Chartered

How does your business establish its professional credentials with new customers or encourage the best talent to join - and remain - in your business?

CII Development Director Steve Jenkins shares insight from Chartered Insurance Brokers on what business value they have identified resulting from gaining the gold standard in professionalism.

Find out more about the practical steps to achieving Chartered status as a firm, how it has worked for firms like yours and the value consumers place on Chartered status as the differentiator in professional standards.

steve-jenkins Steve Jenkins, development director, CII
roger-nelson Roger Nelson, corporate development director, CII


The Worst of Times and Best of Times?

The distribution landscape is evolving and being continually challenged. Whether it is technological innovation, market pressures or reactions to the shifting-sands of global politics, Lloyd's is adapting and leading the response to key market issues.

Umron Ahmed, global head of distribution at Lloyd's, will talk to the key challenges facing our market and how Lloyd's is responding to them. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback to Lloyd's.


  • The advent of "Super-facilities"
  • Leveraging the Coverholder model
  • Lloyd's response to Brexit
  • Market Modernisation - staying relevant
  • Driving product innovation at Lloyd's
  • The evolution of the broker value proposition - Can different models work?


umron-ahmed Umron Ahmed, global head of distribution, Lloyd's


SME Moving Online

More SME business is being sold online, as the wave of digitalisation moves across this sector how is this impacting the perceived value of the broker and the services we offer?

  • A view of how the SME e-trade market has shifted over recent years
  • Thoughts on how the role of a broker will evolve in a digital world and how we can maintain standards of advice that make our industry so valuable to SMEs
  • Discussions on the breadth and complexity of products suited to be transacted online today and in the future of SME e-trade

ian-cook-photo Ian Cook, head of sales and distribution, MS Amlin

grant-thompson-b-w Grant Thompson, UK commercial and household underwriting, MS Amlin


Consolidation, Conduct Risk and Rumbles from Canary Wharf

For the last 6 years there has been much consolidation and moving of business.

What does putting the client first look like and what is a reasonable commission for a reasonable day's work?

What is unacceptable conduct and are there likely to be retrospective investigations that put bottom line and reputation at risk?

robin-wood Robin Wood, founder, RWA

ash-patel Ash Patel, head of business development, RWA



Lunch & Networking

Second interactive focus group


Coffee & Networking

Third interactive focus group


Room Check in & use of Pennyhill Park Grounds and Spa


Drinks reception


Editor's dinner

After dinner speaker

stubbs-ray    Ray Stubbs, broadcaster and former footballer, Talksport






Welcome back

jonathan-swift-photo-black-and-white-web Jonathan Swift, director of content, Insurance Age

Spotlight on: Technology

An update on the technology landscape for 2017, where are we heading and what do brokers need to look out for?

craig-beattie-photo    Craig Beattie, senior analyst, Celent

Closing keynote: Decision making in poker, business and life

Cambridge Educated, former professional poker player, Caspar uses poker as a metaphor to look at our attitude to Risk Taking & Decision Making, and "Why We Do What We do" and how we can conquer our fear of failure. A thought provoking speaker.

caspar-berry2    Caspar Berry, ex professional poker player

Editor's closing comments 

emmanuell-kenning Emmanuel Kenning, editor, Insurance Age


End of conference

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