Charles Manchester, Chairman MGAA


Keynote speaker

Grahame Chilton, CEO Gallaghers UK
Grahame Chilton has had a long and successful career spanning more than 30 years in the City. He was appointed as CEO of the Benfield Group in 1996, was part of the management team that led the buy-out of Benfield in 1998, and embarked on an expansion programme of organic growth and acquisitions that led to the company listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2003 and achieving a position in the FTSE 150. He also oversaw the successful sale of Benfield to Aon in 2008, subsequently becoming part of the Global Executive of Aon and ARS, Global Executive and Chairman of Aon Benfield, before transitioning out of the business in 2012.

Since February 2015, Grahame has been the CEO of Gallagher’s UK-based international operations, having worked in close partnership with Gallagher since December 2013 when reinsurance intermediary joint venture Capsicum Re was launched, led by Grahame as founding partner. Grahame is a member of the senior leadership team of parent company Arthur J. Gallagher & Co (NYSE: AJG).

MGAs: 2018 - The Here and Now

Globe Suite
So what does it take to run an MGA in 2018?  What are the key issues to businesses now and will MGAs continue to thrive in the current regulatory environment.  This panel will be discussing a number of topical issues; from passporting into Europe, unrated Insurers, capacity; to M&A and why we should care about the gender pay gap, MGAs will have to deal with the lot, all while remaining focussed on their businesses.  More and more, the challenge for MGAs will be standing out from the crowd in what is considered a competitive environment.

Sian Fisher - CII
Panel: Ash Bathia - Probitas 1492; Catherine Bell - inet3; Sam Bobo - Opus Underwriting Limited; Brendan McMannus - PIB

Sian Fisher
Chartered Insurance Institute

Ash Bathia
Probitas 1492

Sam Bobo
Opus Underwriting Limited

Catherine Bell

Brendan McManus

The #value of Social Media: Friend or Foe?

Globe Suite

This interactive panel session, with speakers from across the industry, will discuss how social media can help to grow your business and the potential risks that could arise.
Topics will include:

  • the pros and cons of social media
  • the evidence of success
  • tips and tricks to get the most out of it
  • challenges to date and potential for reputational damage
  • what the future holds

Chair: Katherine Snedden - DUAL
Panel: Craig Freeman - Full Circle Corporate Communications; Ashley Spooner - Brandex Group; Dylan Bourguignon - so-sure; Sebastian De Zulueta - MarketMinds

Katherine Snedden
DUAL International Ltd

Craig Freeman
Full Circle Corporate

Ashley Spooner
Brandex Group

Dylan Bourguignon

Sebastian De Zulueta

MGAs: 2028 - The Future of Insurance

Globe Suite

If we could step into a time machine and go forward to the year 2028, what would we find? How will InsurTech shape the market, and with the onset of artificial intelligence and increasing digitisation, what do we need to do to ensure MGAs keep pace with these changes? What are the risks that individuals and firms are likely to want to manage and mitigate through new forms of insurance in the future? Will our current challenges be reduced, and emerging risks like privacy, cyber hacking, data leaks, escalate? The panel will be discussing all of these issues, touching on innovation, diversity, new products, global influence and the challenges ahead in the next 10 years

Chair: Mark Geoghegan - The Insurance Insider

Panel: Keith Jackson - FCA; Chris Lee-Smith; Barbara Schönhofer, MBE - Schonhofer Talent Advisory and Executive Search; Sam White - Pukka Insure

Mark Geoghegan
The Insurance Insider

Keith Jackson

Barbara Schönhofer, MBE
Schonhofer Talent Advisory and Executive Search

Chris Lee-Smith
Chartered Insurance Practitioner

Sam White
Pukka Insure

Closing Address


Keynote speaker

Robert Hiscox
Robert Hiscox spent 50 years building a small Lloyd’s managing agency into an international insurance company, interrupted somewhat by the Reconstruction and Renewal of Lloyd’s.

Since retirement he has devoted his time to charitable endeavours and trying to make money farming (or lose less money).