UK Broker Summit

The UK Broker Summit is the must-attend event for the most influential players in the insurance broking community, with only 60 invitation-only places available for top CEOs, MDs and chairmen from the UK's leading general insurance brokers.

UK Broker Summit Agenda



09:00 - 09:45


Welcome Breakfast with the Editors

09:00 - 09:05


Editor’s Welcome

09:00 - 09:10


Opening Keynote Address: Inspiring Leadership in Changing Times

09:00 - 09:15

In this highly engaging and entertaining session, Professor Paul McGee will share four key ideas that are vital to ensuring we get the best out of ourselves and get the best out of others. Within the context of uncertainty and leading people in a ‘hybrid world’, Paul will cut directly to the heart of what really matters when it comes to inspiring leadership. Come prepared to laugh as well as learn.

Paul McGee

Sunday Times Bestselling Author

Paul McGee is a visiting professor at the University of Chester and a Sunday Times bestselling author. He is recognised as one of Europe’s leading speakers in the areas of change, resilience, well-being and self-leadership. He has worked with over 1,000 organisations worldwide and has spoken in 41 countries. His work has been endorsed by Sir Clive Woodward and has also seen him work for one of England’s leading football teams, Manchester City as a performance coach/sports psychologist. His style has been described as inspiring, engaging and entertaining – so be prepared to laugh as well as learn.


The Boardroom: Why Brokers Should Care About ESG, and What Competitive Advantage Might it Give You?

08:00 - 08:05

This panel will explore how brokers can identify and address considerations to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable future.

  • ESG Best Practice: Understanding ESG risks exposures and how this may impact your own business and your relationships with insurers and clients.
  • How should brokers integrate ESG considerations into products and service offerings?
  • What opportunities and challenges does the ESG movement present broking businesses?
  • What role can brokers play in accelerating the growth of sustainability initiatives?
  • How are insurers supporting brokers in this transition to a more sustainable future?
Siân Barton


Insurance Age

Siân has been writing about the insurance sector since 2014 and is currently editor of Insurance Age.



Duncan Minty


Ethics and Insurance

Duncan Minty is an independent ethics consultant, specialising in the insurance sector. He’s worked with a range of insurers and brokers over the past 20 years, helping them turn a commitment to ethics into practical improvements. He is also a Chartered Insurance Practitioner, having worked in the UK insurance market for 18 years.

Duncan has written extensively on a range of ethical issues associated with insurance, exploring the implications of trends such as personalisation, optimisation, predictive analytics and panoptic regulation. His blog at has carried more than 450 posts over 10 years.

James Alexander


Environmental practice leader

Carl Gurney

Renewable energy director

Marsh Commercial

As an executive advisory board member for ABDA, Carl is engrained in the renewable energy sector. With over 20 years’ experience in the insurance industry, he also heads up Marsh Commercial’s affinity relationships with the REA and ABDA.


Coffee and networking

08:00 - 08:10



Interactive Focus Group

A) Are You Maximising the Advantage of Being a Specialist?

12:00 - 13:00

Ecclesiastical, recognised as a specialist insurer, invite attendees to join this interactive session to discuss the findings of a national broker survey on the meaning and value of being a Specialist broker. This session will:

  • Look at where you currently fit in the spectrum of specialism
  • Consider what more you can do to maximize your growth potential
  • Explore the use of customer insight to make an impact
Adrian Saunders

Commercial director


Adrian is responsible for delivering Ecclesiastical’s UK intermediated business. Before joining Ecclesiastical, Adrian held senior roles at Marsh, Zurich and Hiscox.

Away from insurance, Adrian is a self-confessed cycling addict. Combining his passions for charity giving and cycling, he previously raised funds for charity by completing London Ride100 three times and cycling across Vietnam and Cambodia. 

Chris Withers

Broker distribution director


Chris is responsible for developing Ecclesiastical’s proposition for its broker partners, leading the sales team and for building even stronger relationships with brokers. Having joined the company in 2015, Chris previously held the position of real estate development manager. 

Chris has over 25 years of wide-ranging insurance industry experience, having worked at Covea and RSA prior to joining Ecclesiastical. 


Interactive Focus Group

B) Surviving the Professional Indemnity Hard Market, COVID-19 and Brokers Own E&O

12:00 - 13:00

This session will provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss the latest developments related to COVID-19 claims, lessons learnt during the last year and how you can improve business performance.

Discussion points include:

  • Assessing COVID-19 implications for insurance brokers, including claims and cover
  • Managing risks and state of the 2021 PI insurance market
  • Lessons learnt and what steps can you take to grow your business   
Richard Webb


Manchester Underwriting Management

Richard has over 35 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.



Sachin Gupta


Manchester Underwriting Management

Sachin began his insurance career at Afro-Asian Insurance Services in 2004, during which time he developed a thorough understanding of reinsurance and international broking.

In 2007, Sachin joined Royal & Sun Alliance (now RSA) as an underwriter handling a wide variety of professional and financial risks.

Sachin joined the underwriting team at Manchester Underwriting in February 2010 and now sits on the board with responsibility for the UK PI underwriting.


Interactive Focus Group

C) The Impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Across the Insurance Value Chain: Exploring the Next Level of Automation to Keep Service Levels High

12:00 - 13:00

This session will assess the bountiful benefits of AI across the industry. During this session, industry experts will delve into how the effective use of AI can help simplify the referral process, accelerate the process, deliver a better service, and help key stakeholders make faster decisions with the aid of AI. Furthermore, speakers will also highlight AI capabilities, practical applications and use cases for brokers.

Discussion points include:

  • Understand how the effective use of AI can accelerate key functions
  • Learn how AI can help to simplify the referral process and help brokers deliver a better service
  • Examine AI use cases and practical applications for brokers
  • Explore the future of AI in the industry
Theo Duchen



Theo is co-founder and co-CEO of the Acturis Group. He was previously 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 and was a member of McKinsey’s European insurance leadership group. Theo is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Jeff McCracken

Sales and marketing director


Jeff joined Acturis in 2012 with 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 and marketing function as well as managing a number of key broker, insurer and partner relationships.

Thomas Stuart

Insurance development director


As insurance development director, Thomas oversees the commercial lines products team at Acturis. Since he joined Acturis in 2004, he’s been working with brokers, insurers and MGAs shaping the current e-trade market and always looking to stretch the boundaries of digital insurance trading. Today, he is heavily involved in the formation of AI solutions at Acturis, helping brokers and underwriters tackle some of the trickiest productivity problems.



08:10 - 08:15


Second Interactive Focus Group

08:20 - 08:25


Coffee and networking

08:20 - 08:25


Third Interactive Focus Group

08:20 - 08:25


Closing Remarks and Drinks on the Terrace

08:20 - 08:30

Derek Redmond is one of the world's most inspirational athletes. At the tender age of seven he joined Milton Keynes Athletics Club. A youngster with an interest and talent for running, he soon rose in prominence, becoming county champion and 400m sprint record holder.

By the late 1980s and early 90s he had established himself as one of Britain's leading athletic stars, winning a host of 400m individual and relay gold medals for Great Britain at World, Commonwealth, European and British levels.

Yet it was his now iconic moment at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona which sealed his place in the history books forever.
The emotional and inspirational footage continues to be seen the world over some 21 years on, and was featured in a TV commercial for Visa Go World, the official sponsors of the 2008 Olympics.

Derek was even mentioned by US president Barack Obama during his speech about the Olympic spirit. 
Since retiring from athletics, Derek has played basketball for England and professionally for the Birmingham Bullets and has played competitive rugby union for Coventry RFC and Stow RFC. He is also a respected coach and advisor for international athletes.