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  • The Market Association for Insurance & Reinsurance Service Providers

    AirSP represents professional Service Providers from across the world who deliver high quality work to the Insurance and Reinsurance Industry in both the Live and Run-Off markets. We offer...

    • A range of networking events throughout the year to which guests can be invited
    • Valuable marketing opportunities
    • The opportunity to take part in panel discussions at key market events
    • Member discounts
    • Low annual subscriptions

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Avoiding Embarrassing Data Loss Presentation - 15 February 2017

A group of around 15 members and guests listened attentively to Andrew Beckett and Will Scott-Gall from Kroll talking about data theft and data loss. Everyone attending probably became more and more reflective during the talk.

  • How often have I logged into a wifi network without a password or one where I still had the password from my last connection? Not good!
  • Did I check the credentials of the network I used?
  • How often did I leave my laptop in a hotel room?

Practical examples of our daily life when using phones and laptops made it clear that data stored on these gadgets can easily be accessed by people who are a bit more technically skilled than the average user.

Companies' Risk Management has improved and a quick check with the audience showed that all companies represented that evening have guidelines in place in case of an emergency (e.g fire). We have been drilled what to do and what steps will be taken following an incident, including who will communicate what to customers, authorities and the media. None of the companies represented had had any such incident in the recent past.

Most hands went up when asked whether there were recent threats regarding data security or actual attacks such as phishing, smishing, unsolicited emails etc. Would any of the companies have a plan in place to react to such real and potentially fatal incidents? Today, a company's Risk Management and Communication Programme should include IT and Cyber risks as well. Management needs to be prepared to react promptly and effectively to protect stakeholder values.

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International Women's Day Event - Wednesday 8 March 2017

We are delighted to invite you to our International Women’s Day event. Karen Graves, COO of SCOR SE London, will be giving a presentation on ‘Equipping Women for Leadership’. Karen began her career at SCOR SE in 2010 and has worked in the Lloyd’s and London market for over 25 years. She started her career in the compliance arena, moving on to a COO and then a CEO role within the Lloyd’s market for an established Lloyd’s Managing Agency. Karen is a Member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers (WCI), a member of the European Council for the Advancement of Women in Leadership and sits on the Independent Women in Insurance Committee (iWIN) for the WCI.

The talk will take place at 5.30pm on Wednesday 8 March 2017 at The Broker's Wine Bar, Leadenhall Market, and be followed by an opportunity to network with the benefit of a cash bar.

The talk is free for members and their guests (£10.00 for non-members), but we ask you to register your intention to attend (PLEASE CLICK ON FORTHCOMING EVENTS) so we can control numbers.

We look forward to seeing you and chatting over drinks. Please let your colleagues and friends know that they will be most welcome to attend.

Bill Perry

Chairman

See below our 2017 Events Calendar

Blockchain presentation - 25 January 2017

While most people have heard about Bitcoin, many do not appreciate that the 'block-chain' technology which underlies it has much wider applications. Its combination of security, decentralisation, reliability and adaptability make it suited to many‎ business uses. 'Smart contracts' where the technology automatically moves money (e.g. pays insurance claims) when externally ascertainable events occur are just one.

Berry Holding-Parsons is a solicitor who specialises in this field and works in the insurance sector. He explained to a full meeting room the underlying idea of block-chain a‎nd how it may be (and is already tentatively being) put to work in the insurance market, amongst others.

Helped by the presence of Gary Nuttall, a technical expert in this field, he provoked a vigorous discussion of the possibilities, snags, the current technology and how it and its applications may develop, especially in our market.‎ This continued well past the close of the meeting and into the bar afterwards!

Another first class and well attended meeting‎ showing the great value AirSP provides for members.

Events during 2017

25 Jan Blockchain Berry Holding-Parsons
15 Feb Avoiding Embarrassing Data Loss Andrew Beckett & Will Scott-Gall - Kroll
8 Mar International Women's Day - Equipping Women for Leadership Karen Graves - COO, Scor
Apr AGM/Dinner
May Opportunities in Africa/MENA
Jun Wine Tasting Evening
Jul
9 Aug Members' Drinks
11 Sep Monte Carlo Dinner
Oct Opportunities/challenges of surveying, loss adjusting and risk management in Western Africa

Simon Clark, Sun Logistics & Marine (UK) Ltd

Nov Charity Quiz Night
14 Dec Christmas Drinks Party

Christmas Roundup

Once again, to the sound of carols and Hogmanay, we come to the end of a successful year for AirSP. Without mentioning every one of our meetings (that’s for my report at the AGM!) let us just remember for example our very popular International Women’s Day meeting, addressed by Elena Bredikhina, of Challenge Group, when we were visited by Inga Beale; our presentation by the FCA in June and Richard King’s excellent ‘Models Without Tears’ which packed out the Broker with members and guests in October.

On the ‘social side’, besides our perennial favourite dinner at the Quai Des Artistes on the Monday of the Rendezvous, again with lots of guests as well as members, our very popular charity Quiz Night in November raised a large sum for our chosen charity as well as being great fun; and our finale (Christmas AirSPitality at the Lloyds Club, free to members) was as usual full - and full of fun.

We look forward to an even better new year we are programming for you. Starting off with a talk on ‘Blockchain’, the coming security technology, on 25 January, moving on to a presentation by Andrew Beckett and Will Scott-Gall of Kroll on ‘Avoiding Embarrassing Data Losses’, a combination of ‘war stories’ and vital hints on how to keep your client’s (and your own) important data secure – from outsider thieves and insider leakers in February and so one, we are well planned and geared up to go. Many old favourite hospitality events will be back!

We need you all to come along to our events. As I have explained, these offer great interest, quality and variety. We have something good for everyone in our market. Please do make the effort to come. You will find it well worthwhile. And please bring guests (only £10 per head per talk) – and try to recruit new members for us. More members equals more income with which we can do more and better things! But most importantly it means more vibrant events.

We have gone a number of years without a subscription increase. We have made considerable economies, for example in our secretarial costs, to achieve that. As part of our programme to improve and move AirSP forward, we would now like, for example, to invest in updating our website, improving generally our issue of information to our members and so on.

The Board has therefore resolved upon an increase in the annual subscription, effective from 1 January 2017, to £175 for small businesses and £350 for large ones. This is still a very small amount, from which AirSP provides numerous ‘freebies’ such as the Christmas party, all our talks and so on. With it, we can move the group significantly onwards and upwards.

So we look forward to seeing you all for another, we hope even greater, year in 2017. In the meantime, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, or Happy Holidays!

Bill Perry

Chairman

AirSP raises £669 for Charity

Crohn’s and Colitis UK is a national charity leading the battle against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. We are fighting to achieve a better quality of life for the 300,000 people in the UK suffering physically and emotionally from these and other forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Ultimately, we want to find a cure.

For more than 35 years, we’ve been working with and for patients and their families, the nurses, doctors, and all those that work in healthcare that treat them, and the policymakers who can bring about change. We provide high quality information and support to enable people to manage their conditions. We believe people living with Crohn’s and Colitis should be able to live their lives to the fullest. We won’t stop fighting until we’ve won.

Without the fantastic generosity from organisations like AirSP we wouldn’t be able to provide these services to those that need them. Your enthusiastic support will ensure that our work continues. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

Joanna Pearce, Corporate Partnerships Manager

www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk

AirSP Charity Quiz Night - 8 November 2016

In another packed Quiz Night, AirSP has again this year raised a large sum for its designated charity, Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

People from all across the market came together in the Habit, as last year, for fun and friendship while pitting their wits against each other and the quiz-master. Besides a raffle – first prize a paint-balling trip for ten, with many other prizes – participants answered questions ranging from Game of Thrones, through mortality in the Great Fire of London, to the Beatles, and almost everything in between!

Congratulations to the Allsorts, our winning team this year. We hope they enjoyed the prizes – a bottle of champagne and one of wine for each team member!

Cyber Risks Talk - 29 September 2015

It was a pleasure to have Anna Bender, Fitch Ratings, present to our members giving an insight into cyber risks and how these are viewed in the market. For a full report from a Member's perspective, CLICK HERE to see Mark Wood's article.

Insurance Act 2015 Talk - 12 May 2015

One of AirSP’s objectives is to keep its members up-to-date with developments in the law and the market as they happen. We were therefore delighted to have Charlotte Waters, of Fisher Scoggins Waters, talk to AirSP on 12 May about the Insurance Act 2015.

Members can access the Insurance Act summary, featured in the News Articles, by logging into the site.