Young Broker Day Sessions

  • Alexander Margolin Alexander Margolin
    Founder, Sioma Ltd
  • Nick Houghton Nick Houghton
    CEO, JMG Group

Welcome to Young Broker Day


Alex started his career at Allianz on their Underwriting Graduate Programme and spent 6 years at the company with his final role as a Senior New Business Property & Casualty Underwriter in London. During this time, Alexander was recognised by the industry and awarded Young Underwriter of the Year at the Insurance Post Underwriting Services Awards in 2015 and completed his ACII. Alexander went on to start his own boutique commercial and high net worth insurance brokerage, Sioma, in 2018 and personally holds Chartered Insurance Broker status. In 2021, Alexander won the coveted BIBA Young Broker of the Year (under 35) award.

Nick Houghton is the CEO of JMG Group – which owns a collection of insurance brokers across the UK. Since leading an MBO of JM Glendinning Insurance Brokers in November 2020, the group has grown into a Top 50 UK Broker. Nick’s career began at Zurich insurance in the 1990’s after which he turned his hand to broking where he spent time at Alexander Forbes and Marsh. Before JM Glendinning, Nick worked at Towergate in a variety of roles, ending up as CEO of Broker Network.

  • Richard Tuplin Richard Tuplin
    Chief Executive Officer, Towergate Insurance Brokers

An audience with Richard Tuplin


Richard has worked in independent brokering for 18 years and has recently taken on the Role of CEO of Towergate Insurance, part of one of the world’s leading independent brokers The Ardonagh Group. He is passionate about helping others to fulfil their potential. Join Richard as he shares his experiences, to help you better understand the opportunities a career in the insurance industry can offer you.

  • Claire Russell Claire Russell
    Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Mental Health in Business

Mental Health Masterclass: Developing Emotional Intelligence for Greater Wellbeing


There is so much talk about mental health and wellbeing right now, with the Covid-19 pandemic thankfully moving it up the agenda for many organisations and employers.

Emotional intelligence is one of the keys to wellbeing. By prioritising, and developing the skills associated with emotional intelligence we can protect and promote good mental health and wellbeing and help to create the right environment for others to do so too.

This session explores the connection between emotional intelligence and wellbeing and the key skills for building emotional intelligence.

By attending this session delegates should be able to:

  • Explain the relationship between emotional intelligence and wellbeing
  • Describe the skills associated with emotional intelligence
  • Outline how to develop the skills associated with emotional intelligence
  • Summarise how to future proof their mental health by building the key skills for emotional intelligence
  • Samantha Ridgewell Samantha Ridgewell
    Managing Director, Empower Development

Know and be Known


We all know those people in the market who seem to know everyone, and everyone knows them. In this session we will explore what we can learn from others and implement for ourselves to build our own exposure. This workshop will share practical tips to help you identify who to approach at networking events and initiate conversations with confidence as well as how to shift new connections from introductions into meaningful relationships. We will also uncover ways to utilise LinkedIn. Despite it being the go to social media platform for business, over 90% of insurance professionals observe on LinkedIn without engaging. We will explore what you can do to overcome the barriers that hold us back from engaging and how to make the algorithm work for you.

By attending this session delegates should be able to:

  • Explain how to establish and develop trust with your connections
  • Describe how to read the body language at networking events to identify who to approach for conversation
  • Outline how to overcome the barriers holding you back from LinkedIn to create content and engage with your network
YBD Exhibition visit

Exhibition Visits


The BIBA exhibition is the largest insurance exhibition in the UK and is a unique marketplace where brokers have access to over 200 insurers and other industry related businesses in one place. We will be holding structured tours around the exhibition so you can make sure you visit a variety of stands and also some of the dedicated BIBA Scheme and Facility providers. Staff from YBD sponsor The Ardonagh Group will be on hand to help and answer any questions. Young Brokers may also, of course, make their own independent visits around the show during this time.

  • Andrew Marr Andrew Marr

An audience with Andrew Marr


Young Brokers have the opportunity to hear the main conference closing keynote speaker in the Auditorium.

Andrew Marr is a well-known broadcaster and journalist who hosted his eponymous agenda-setting Sunday breakfast show on the BBC for over fifteen years. He has since taken on new ventures as Chief Political Commentator at the New Statesman, an LBC presenter and a columnist for the New York Times. He can also be heard on Start the Week on Radio 4.

He began his career as a political commentator, serving five years as the BBC Political Editor. He became best known for his unpretentious and friendly style, characterised by his highly distinctive arm-waving delivery. He has since fronted landmark series on Modern Britain and the Scottish Enlightenment as well as many others on history, politics and society.

Andrew has published many books, including The Diamond Queen: Elizabeth II and Her People and A History of the World. A former editor of The Independent, he has also written for the Express, Observer and Economist. He has won numerous awards for writing and broadcasting.