Wednesday Conference Sessions

Keynote Speakers

  • Andy Burnham Andy Burnham
    Mayor of Greater Manchester

Keynote Address


First elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017, Andy was re-elected for a second term in May 2021. Formerly MP for Leigh from 2001, he also held ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and HM Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.

As Mayor, Andy’s desire to put Greater Manchester firmly on the map for UK business and technology has made him a prominent and influential figure. As well as sharing his ambitions for the city-region including building a London-style integrated transport system and transforming Greater Manchester into one of the greenest cities in Europe, he will explain his desire to end rough sleeping in the city-region.  The session will also see Andy discussing the challenges faced and opportunities to come for Manchester and the UK, how the insurance industry impacts business and innovation, and a reflection on his time in office so far.

  • Sheldon Mills Sheldon Mills
    Executive Director, Consumers and Competition, FCA

In discussion with Sheldon Mills


Sheldon Mills was appointed Executive Director, Consumers and Competition in December 2020. He is responsible for the delivery of the FCA’s statutory consumer and competition objectives in the combined Supervision, Policy and Competition (SPC) division. He was previously the interim Executive Director, Strategy and Competition at the FCA. Prior to joining the FCA, Sheldon was Senior Director at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) with overall leadership responsibility for the delivery of UK merger control across the entire economy and for the strategic design and implementation of the new UK State Aid regime.

Seminar Sessions sponsored by Markel UK

  • Carl Evans Carl Evans
    Partner, Group Chief Executive - Professional Risks, Griffiths & Armour
  • John Batty John Batty
    Director of Technical Services, Bridge Insurance Brokers Limited
  • Marc Lewis Marc Lewis
    Chief Underwriting Officer, Commercial Lines Business, Aviva
  • Sarah Mallaby Sarah Mallaby
    Commercial Distribution and Trading Director, AXA Commercial
  • Nic Brown Nic Brown
    Divisional Director - Broker, Markel UK

Hard Market


The commercial lines insurance market has experienced a period of prolonged rate hardening and cover restrictions, causing shortages in the supply of adequate and affordable insurance in some areas. Brokers have had to work harder than ever in challenging sectors including professional indemnity, liability and property insurance.

By attending this session delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the changing dynamics in the hard market
  • Appreciate how best to work well with market participants in a hard market
  • Learn top tips in navigating a hard market
  • Graeme Trudgill Graeme Trudgill
    Executive Director, BIBA
  • Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Nicky Morgan Baroness Morgan of Cotes, Nicky Morgan
    Former Minister and Chair of the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee
  • Rt Hon Jim Murphy Rt Hon Jim Murphy
    Managing Director, Arden Strategies
  • Jonathan Evans Jonathan Evans
    Chairman, BIBA
  • Elisha Walia Elisha Walia
    Chief of Staff UK and Director of UK Public Affairs, Aon

Insurance & Politics


BIBA’s 2022 Manifesto – Managing Risk, is packed with an array of insurance broker issues related to many Government departments, from Housing to Transport, Revenue & Customs to the Foreign & Development Office and Cabinet Office to Treasury; our Manifesto provides a means of transparent lobbying. During the last year, numerous insurance issues have featured in politics – whether it is COVID cover, floods, events or travel insurance, there appears to be more ongoing issues than ever before. But, what lies ahead for brokers and how can we ensure that Government’s aims are aligned with those of our sector.

By attending this session delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the main political issues that brokers will be facing
  • Learn the latest on Government interventions in the insurance market
  • Hear from experts working in our sector in a ‘question time’ environment
  • Ken Norgrove Ken Norgrove
    Chief Executive Officer, UK & International, RSA
  • Laura Hancock Laura Hancock
    Director, Yutree
  • Gareth Hemming Gareth Hemming
    Chief Distribution Officer, Aviva GI
  • Phil Bayles Phil Bayles
    Chief Commercial Officer, Ardonagh Advisory
  • Jane Kielty Jane Kielty
    Chief Commercial Officer, Aon

Our Insurance Community


The theme of this year’s conference neatly sums up the positives of bringing people together and the insurance sector’s people based way of operating and of acting in unity for the good of its employees and its customers. We have all faced immense challenges during the pandemic which has resulted in a sea-change in the way we work together. Collaboration enabled us to continue to meet the needs of people and businesses and technology saw our community moving from face to face to on-line. What lessons have we learnt? What should and what will brokers and insurers need to do to ensure we have a successful insurance community for the future?

By attending this session delegates should be able to:

  • Understand the current dynamics between brokers and insurers
  • Hear from experts working in our sector speaking on the latest trading issues
  • Appreciate the key things insurers and brokers want from each other to ensure a thriving insurance community