Island of Ireland Forum 2022

Navigating the perfect storm

25 October 2022

The Westin Hotel, Dublin

9 hours of CPD available

Airmic is going places fast. Like many other organisations, our shift over the last several years to being a virtual, as well as physical, association resulted in a dramatic expansion of digital services such as webinars, roundtables, and podcasts. As a result, our membership has continued to grow rapidly even during the pandemic, and we are now pivoting back to a programme of in person workshops and events as well as digital.

Airmic has a presence in the Island of Ireland, through a small but vibrant community of engaged and active members in Northern Ireland and the Republic, eager to share their perspectives on everything from emerging risks, to difficulties in the on-going hard insurance market, to captive formation and management. The increasingly digital future gives us an opportunity to work with these communities more than ever before, and in October 2022 we will seize the moment to gather in person with our first ever Island of Ireland Forum. Supported by Brokers Ireland and Insurance Ireland, over the course of this one day event, join us as we continue to strive for transformation in risk management and insurance.

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08.15 - 09.00

Registration with hot breakfast rolls

This breakfast is sponsored by Lloyd’s.

09.00 - 09.15

Welcome by Julia Graham, Airmic CEO

09.15 - 09.45

Keynote - Dara Calleary, Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation

Dara Calleary was appointed in September 2022 as Minister of State for trade promotion, digital and company regulation at the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment. Embracing digital transformation and the potential offered by emerging technologies is vital. The adoption of new technologies will also help to maintain an innovative and resilient enterprise base. This is essential as we work to ensure the delivery of high-quality jobs and employment opportunities for people across the country. Digital technologies can also help businesses as they navigate unforeseen disruption – building resilience in the face of disruption can help provide a degree of security for both businesses and citizens in uncertain times. Minister Calleary will speak about his plans for the Irish business environment and as part of this, the future of the Irish insurance market. This will include Ireland’s strength as a global insurtech and fintech hub and the Government’s commitment to an educated and diverse workforce.

09.45 - 10.30

Navigating the perfect storm - keynote panel

Stephanie Ogden
Managing Director, UK and Ireland
HDI Global
Paul Doyle
Managing Director
Marsh Ireland Ltd
Kate Browne
Chief Operating Officer
McGill and Partners
Adam Reed
Managing Director leading the Large & Complex Risk team
Kathryn Benjamin
Intetrnational Marketing Manager

The Perfect Storm is a true story written by Sebastian Jurgen about the 1991 “storm of the century” created by three weather systems colliding. The expression perfect storm was coined by Jurgen as the title for his best-selling book. Since then, the concept of the perfect storm has been used to describe scenarios where factors converge to create seismic events at the frontier of change.

Humanity has always been faced with naturally occurring risks and man-made risks arising from business decisions and behaviors. The difference now is that the intensity, velocity, and connectivity of risks is becoming the norm – leading to transformational change and a more turbulent world. The pandemic, climate change, events in Ukraine and the economic double hit of rising interest rates and concurrent inflation have forced organisations to rethink how they keep up with the speed of new risks emerging, the profile of known risks changing, and how risk management and insurance practices need to adapt.

10.30 - 11.00

Networking Break

This networking break is sponsored by Generali.

11.00 - 11.45

Breakout Sessions A1 - A3

A1. Catherine Cyphus
Head of Resilience UK&I, Marsh Advisory
Marsh Advisory
A1. Benoît Waltregny
General Counsel
Lloyd's Insurance Company (Lloyd’s Europe)
A2. Judith Wylie
Senior Lecturer, Department of Acc, Finance & Economics
Ulster University
A2. Jane Galvin
Senior Consultant, Risk Advisory & Analytics
Barnett Waddingham
A2. Keith Smith
Senior Consultant, Risk Advisory & Analytics
Barnett Waddingham
A3. Mark Cook
GB Leader for Integrated Services and Solutions
A3. Trevor Madden
Managing Director
WTW Management (Dublin) Limited
A3. Patrick Loftus
Captive & Insurance Manager
Sofinsod Insurance DAC

A1. Insurance workshop – The impact of geopolitical instability on insurance

A2. Risk workshop – Moving beyond enterprise risk management in a volatile and connected world

A3. Captive workshop  – The Captive formation experience. This session will discuss the process for recent captives established for property & casualty and employee benefits purposes.

12.00 - 12.45

Breakout Sessions B1 - B3

B1. Jano Bermudes
Managing Director, Head of Cyber Risk Consulting
Marsh Risk Consulting
B2. George Ong
Head of Corporate Governance and Chief Risk Officer
Northern Ireland Water
B2. Neil Healy
Major & Complex Loss Operations Director (UK & EIRE) and Head of International Operations
B2. Tony Hetherton
Branch Manager
B2. Brian Reilly
Senior Risk Control Consultant
B3. Jelto Borgmann
Head of Captive Services
HDI Global SE
B3. Derek Bridgeman
Risk Consulting Practice Leader
SRS Europe
B3. Darren Maher
Partner, Head of Financial Institutions Group

B1. Insurance workshop – The growth of, and challenges for, cyber insurance

B2. Risk workshop – The importance of achieving operational resilience

B3. Captive workshop – Solvency II reform and regulatory opportunities. This session will debate Solvency II reform and regulatory opportunities in the jurisdiction as discussions continue at EU level regarding potential relief for captives.


12.45 - 13.45

Networking Lunch

13.45 - 14.30

Breakout sessions C1 - C3

C1. Jacquelin Thornton
Director of Regulation & Policy Development
Insurance Ireland
C1. Michael Corrigan
Corrigan & Corrigan Solictors
C2. Julia Graham
C2. Niall Smyth
Senior Underwriter, Accident & Health
C2. Leigh Hall
Senior Originator, Munich Re Markets
Munich Re
C2. Steve Bradley
Partnerships Director, Northern Europe
International SOS
C3. Emma Sansom
Head of Captive Services UK,
Zurich Commercial UK
C3. Lorraine Stack
Managing Director
Marsh Captive Solutions, International
C3. Tom Laidler
Global Partner & Distribution Manager
Zurich Insurance Company
C3. Tanguy Gaidoni
General Manager
Wagram Insurance Company DAC

C1. Insurance workshop – The power of insurance reform

C2. Risk workshop – Risk workshop – Risk managing disease and duty of care

C3. Captive workshop – ESG: Can captives add value to group strategy? 

14.45 - 15.30

Breakout sessions D1 - D3

D1. John Moroney
Project Glenomra Advisor
University of Limerick
D1. Michelle O’Neill
Partner - Financial Lines
McGill and Partners
D1. Harry Fehily
Managing Partner
Holmes Law
D2. Dexter Tang
Global Equity Manager
D2. Ciara Regan
Partner, Actuarial, Reward & Analytics
D2. Glenn Elis
Board Member
D3. Martin Scullion
General Manager
Probus Insurance Company Europe DAC
D3. Steve Norman
Senior IPT compliance manager
TMF Group
D3. Andrew Ewen
Partner Head of Specialty Business Development – Ireland
McGill and Partners
D3. David Power
D3. Richard Cutcher
Captives Ambassador

D1. Insurance workshop – Ireland’s challenge to remain at the centre of the aviation industry

D2. Risk workshop – Considering the gender gap

D3. Captive workshop – The Future – talent, tax and tech

15.30 - 16.00

Networking Break

16.00 - 16.30

Keynote panel - Combatting greenwashing – the responsibilities and response of the insurance industry to climate change

Cathie Shannon
Director of Insurance
Brokers Ireland
Owen McQuade
Managing Director
bmf Business Service
Moyagh Murdock
Insurance Ireland
John Deane-O'Keeffe
Criminologist & Lecturer in Forensic Psychology
University of St Mark & St John

16.30 - 17.15

Keynote panel - The Future of The Profession

Julia Graham
Áine Burns
Insurance Placement Manger
Irish Water
Karen Ward
Senior Insurance Manager
Judith Wylie
Senior Lecturer, Department of Acc, Finance & Economics
Ulster University
Glenn Elis
Board Member

17.15 - 18.30

Networking Reception

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