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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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AGM Dinner - 9 May 2017

Following the AGM on 12 May, we held AirSP’s annual dinner. We were fortunate to have with us as our guest Adam Kembrooke, Group Chief Legal Officer and Group Chief Risk Officer of Nexus Underwriting. Adam spoke to us about the philosophy behind his group's understanding of managing agencies, with particular reference to the operation of the claims function as part of a profit-making enterprise.

Adam has a broad and interesting background, being a lawyer qualified in both New York and England, who has worked in-house as both a legal officer and a risk officer for some years. He had many useful insights into what companies like his want from their service providers and how those who provide services to such companies can provide best value to their clients and adapt to new paradigms as the market develops.

Willingness to think outside the box, partner with clients, cooperate in marketing, develop new services and operations together are just as important in the new world as the old-fashioned requirements of high quality service, flexibility, responsiveness and value for money. None of which is to say that any of them have been downgraded!

Adam’s talk gave rise to a vigorous discussion around the table with many comments, queries and suggestions. It was exactly the invigorating and interesting event we had all hoped for and we are most grateful to Adam coming along and giving us the benefit of his experience and forward-looking approach.

Bill Perry

Chairman

International Women's Day - 8 March 2017

SCOR’s premium income is nearly €14billion pa; its balance sheet stands at €43 billion; it has 2,700 or so staff and a staff ratio of 48% female/52% male. Karen Graves has been its COO in London since 2010. She has also been to AirSP before. So it was very apt, and we were very pleased, that she accepted our invitation to be our speaker at our meeting in March which, this year like last, celebrated International Women’s Day.

Karen talked with quiet fervour about how women can develop their careers in the London market, the problems to be overcome and strategies for leadership and management. She is convinced that the market is open to advancing women to the most senior positions. While no-one denies some difficulties, the market has changed out of recognition from its profile and attitudes of thirty years ago.

She believes that it is important to get away from stereotypes. The market wants talent, pure and simple, and by demonstrating their skills, hard work and commitment a level playing field can be found and used by women who want to reach the top. So her message to women is simple: onwards and upwards! And to men and women that this is inclusive: it is about good people, the market (and the world) has ample room for all people of talent and that diversity helps arrive at the best solutions to problems.

The important message to take away is that the London market is about people. People are different from each other, and the difference between male and female is just one of all sorts of differences; and we are better together. The important thing is that we work together, whoever and whatever we are, to build the organisations we work for and the market, for the best future for all. We need to build attitudes and structures that make the best use of all talent. Ever increasingly, we are doing. We must just never let up!

See below our 2017 Events Calendar

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
9 May AGM/Dinner

After-dinner speaker: Adam Kembrooke, Nexus

Jun Wine Tasting Evening
Jul Insurance Fraud Forensics Guillermo Lopez - Rimkus
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

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.