Thursday Conference Sessions

Keynote Speakers

  • David Coulthard MBE David Coulthard MBE

The Winning Formula


David Coulthard has had thirteen Formula One Grand Prix wins, racing for the Williams, McLaren and Red Bull teams. He is now a popular broadcaster as well as the author of The Winning Formula, a look at the key lessons F1 holds for businesses and business leaders.

In his first full season as a driver, David won the Portuguese GP and finished third in the Championship. He enjoyed more success at McLaren, with 12 of his 13 career wins coming with the team. He twice supported team mate Mika Häkkinen to the Drivers’ Championship and two seasons later finished runner-up behind Michael Schumacher. Coulthard’s last few years were spent at the newly-formed Red Bull team. By the time he retired in 2008, after over a decade in F1 and having notched up 535 points, Coulthard became the highest scoring British driver of all time.

Since his retirement from Formula 1 driving, David has served as a consultant to the Red Bull team, and has continued to race in the DTM class of touring cars and the Race of Champions series. He has also become a popular pundit and commentator, first for BBC, and then as a key part of Channel 4’s race team.

  • Nicola Adams OBE Nicola Adams OBE
  • Ollie Ollerton Ollie Ollerton
  • Billy Monger Billy Monger
  • Reggie Yates Reggie Yates

Beating the Odds


Setbacks in life and business are inescapable, but it’s how you deal with them that defines the difference between success and failure.

In this session, we will hear openly from high-profile speakers about the challenges they have faced and continue to face, and how they strive to overcome them.

One of the stars of the London 2012 Olympic Games, Nicola Adams made history as the first-ever woman to win a gold medal for boxing. She appeared in her first boxing fight aged 13 but a lack of opponents meant she had to wait four years for her next fight. Struggling for funds to pursue her sport, Nicola worked variously as an extra on Coronation Street and Eastenders and as a builder before the IOC recognised the sport. Now that Nicola has retired she speaks candidly about her personal and professional struggles and how her love for her sport and her irrepressible personality have always helped her to win.

As one of the first former UK Special Forces members and star of TV’s SAS: Who Dares Wins to talk openly to the media, Ollie Ollerton has an incredible story to tell. A former Special Forces operative with the SBS, Ollie has undertaken operations in some of the most dangerous and remote locations on the planet including high profile hostage rescue, counter narcotics and counter terrorism missions. Once Ollie returned to the UK after 13 years overseas, he started his leadership and development business BREAK-POINT which also supports veterans suffering the effects of PTSD. Since starring in SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie has also written a deeply personal account of life in and out of the military, looking at the challenges he faced working to gain entry into Special Forces, underfire on the frontline, and coming to terms with civilian life.

Billy Monger is a 20-year-old British racing driver who became a double amputee after a horrific racing car crash in 2017. His fight to successfully become the first ever amputee to compete in a single-seater racing car is featured in the BBC’s BAFTA-nominated documentary Driven: The Billy Monger Story. Speaking of his success, Billy said “I can be on the top step knowing I have beaten everyone on a level playing field no matter what has happened to me. My disability isn’t holding me back.” Since his return to racing Billy has had multiple podiums in various motorsport series as well as becoming a pundit and commentator for Channel 4’s Formula 1 coverage.

The session will be chaired by the award-winning investigative documentary maker Reggie Yates. In the last 5 years Reggie has become synonymous with critically acclaimed documentaries and is also a talented writer for film, with three drama scripts recently commissioned by the BBC and nine documentary films due to air over the next year, which are set in places all across the world. When interviewed about the lack of diversity in primetime documentary he replied: “You realise you have a platform you’ve got to do something with.” Reggie has now taken on the role of mentor to five young people, guiding them through the hurdles of the TV industry.

Seminar Sessions


These sessions run concurrently. Delegates can choose one of the following sessions to attend.

  • Phil Bayles Phil Bayles
    Chief Distribution Officer, UK General Insurance, Aviva
  • Jane Kielty Jane Kielty
    MD UK Retail, Aon
  • Richard Webb Richard Webb
    Director, Manchester Underwriting Management
  • Peter Blanc Peter Blanc
    Group CEO, Aston Lark

Hard Market

Many brokers are saying this is the hardest market for a generation. Contributory factors include concerns over risks with cladding, the Lloyd’s decile ten approach, Brexit, failure of a number of the passported insurers and the change to the personal injury discount rate to name just some. This has meant some risks like the construction trades, IFA’S, property owners, architectsand numerous others are particularly challenging. Our panel will look at how brokers can best navigate the difficulties they face.

Learning Objectives – By attending this seminar delegates should be able to:

  • Summarise the placement of commercial insurance in a hard market
  • Explain the drivers behind a hard market
  • Describe what the implications are for their customers in a hard market
  • Caroline Barr Caroline Barr
    Non-Executive Director, BIBA
  • Ashwin Mistry OBE Ashwin Mistry OBE
    Executive Chairman, BHIB Insurance Brokers
  • Matt Brewis Matt Brewis
    Director of General Insurance and Conduct Specialists Supervision, FCA
  • David Sparkes David Sparkes
    Head of Compliance & Training, BIBA

The Future of Regulation

As we move towards an environment that sees regulation in the UK no longer constrained by how the European Union acts, does this present the FCA with an opportunity to pioneer on a regulatory environment that is fit for the second decade of the 21st century?

Hear from a panel of experienced industry and regulatory experts on the key regulation topics of the day that affect the insurance broking industry.

Learning Objectives – By attending this seminar delegates should be able to:

  • Outline the regulator’s thoughts on some of the latest compliance topics
  • Explain the outcomes the FCA is looking to achieve in each of the topics
  • Describe the impact of the topics on their own firm