fastTrack Forum 2021

Becoming Future Fit

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Becoming Future Fit

Disruption is the new normal, presenting new risks and opportunities for the risk professional to closely engage with the purpose of their organisation and develop new skills, enabling them to engage with, and act as trusted business partners to, business leaders, colleagues and peers. Join fellow professionals at Airmic’s 2021 fastTrack Forum and explore some of the key requirements in being professionally fit for the future.


09.00 - 09.05

Welcome note

Julia Graham


The Future of the Profession a Year on

Julia Graham
Amanda Scott
Managing Director, Head of Talent & Rewards
Willis Towers Watson

In March 2020, we predicted that if risk and insurance professionals had the right knowledge and skills, this would create an opportunity to increase their level of influence. Then the pandemic struck. During the pandemic, leadership often lacked intelligence and data to support decisions, some supply chains were caught off-guard, and business processes were often found wanting. Risk and insurance professionals helped organisations overcome many of these challenges as trusted strategic advisors to their organisations.

09.15 - 09.45

Keynote: Managing your mental health and improving positive mental wellbeing – Tackling your feelings

Gregory Renand
Z Zurich Foundation
James Lowe
Ireland Rugby team, current player
Dr Hannah McCormack
Campaign Manager at Rugby Players Ireland

Managing your mental health and improving your positive mental wellbeing continues to be an ever present challenge faced by many. This session will look to highlight the work that the Zurich Foundation do through their ‘Tackle your feelings’ programme and will hear from one of the foundations’ Ambassadors – Rugby player James Lowe, who will share his own experiences on this topic during his career.

09.45 - 10.15

Seminar: The Brain, Habits & Resilience

Gary Luffman
Director and Occupational Psychologist

This session will highlight key insights from neuroscience and psychology relevant to developing and maintaining resilience, signposting potential practical applications. Focus will be given to activities to support brain health, explore the impact of good and bad habits and give direction for practical action to support and restore resilience levels.

10.15 - 10.30

Comfort Break

10.30 - 11.00

Fireside Chat: Surviving in a Technology-driven World: Cyber-crime & Cyber Risk

Dr Michael McGuire
Surrey Crime Research Lab & Senior Lecturer, Criminology, Surrey University
Joseph Buckley
Associate Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence
Control Risks

This session will explore trends in cyber risk and the need to develop capabilities to protect organisations, also considering two of the most significant risks presented – an emerging cybercrime economy, worth over $1.5 trillion dollars annually, and the increasing exploitation of that economy by nation states.

11.00 - 11.30

Panel: Managing Reputation Risk: Defining & Maintaining Corporate Purpose in a VUCA World - RECORDING NOT AVAILABLE-

Charles Wookey
Blueprint for Business
Matt McEwan
Director Risk Management
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners Plc.
Tom Rowley
Development Leader
Willis Towers

The world is in a constant state of flux presenting huge challenges for organisations in maintaining clarity of purpose, business value and reputation with stakeholders. Our panel of experts will explore how risk managers can support their organisations in such volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous times.


Comfort break

11.45 - 12.15

Member panel: Becoming Future Fit as a Risk Professional

Susan Young
Chief Risk Officer
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings Ltd
David Lanfranchi
Risk Manager
CSM Sport & Entertainment
Jyoti Robinson
Senior Director, Risk Management Chief Corporate Affairs Office

Reflecting on earlier sessions from the Forum, hear from a panel of Airmic members on their own career development experiences, what they perceive as future critical skills, and what they are doing now to stay current and professionally fit for the future.

12.15 - 12.45

Keynote (Fireside Chat) - You Are What You Risk: The New Art & Science of Navigating an Uncertain World

Michele Wucker
Bestselling Author, Speaker, Strategic Advisor, Policy Expert

Your risk choices identify you to the world and define you as distinctively as a fingerprint. In this fireside chat, learn about the often surprising origins of your risk fingerprint and those of the people around you, and how to turn this knowledge into a powerful business tool.

12.45 - 13.00

Closing Reflections

Jo Coles
Sales & Marketing Director, GB Corporate Risk & Broking
Willis Towers Watson

Hear closing reflections on the Forum as we sum up future professional fitness, hitting the sweet spot between technical skills, soft skills and behaviours, and ultimately, the value of resilience, self-awareness and future thinking in an uncertain world.


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