Speakers

Speakers

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.

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.

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Siân Barton

Editor

Insurance Age

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

@InsuranceSian

 

James Alexander

Lockton

Environmental practice leader

Derek Redmond

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.

Duncan Minty

Director

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 ethicsandinsurance.info has carried more than 450 posts over 10 years.

Adrian Saunders

Commercial director

Ecclesiastical

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. 

Theo Duchen

Co-CEO

Acturis

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.

Sachin Gupta

Director

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.

Chris Withers

Broker distribution director

Ecclesiastical

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. 

Jeff McCracken
Jeff McCracken

Sales and marketing director

Acturis

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.

Richard Webb

Director

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.

 

 

Thomas Stuart

Insurance development director

Acturis

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.