Events during 2017

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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

20 Jun Wine Tasting Evening
18 Jul Insurance Fraud Forensics Guillermo Lopez - Rimkus
9 Aug Members' Drinks
11 Sep Monte Carlo Dinner
17 Oct Opportunities/challenges of surveying, loss adjusting and risk management in Western Africa Simon Clark, Sun Logistics & Marine (UK) Ltd
14 Nov Charity Quiz Night

14 Dec Christmas Drinks Party

Christmas Roundup

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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


AirSP raises £669 for Charity

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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

AirSP Charity Quiz Night - 8 November 2016

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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!


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The room at the Broker's Wine Bar looked almost packed when AirSp Member Richard King gave us an introduction to his modelling work. The intricacies of statistics came to life when he briefly explained the basic terms of bell curves, normal distributions, poisson curves, "fat tails" etc. It quickly became clear that Richard's insights into collecting data and how to analyse it were not merely theoretical. Practitioners should be careful when selecting data and presenting results for e.g. Lloyd's Realistic Disaster Scenarios or Solvency II calculations. From "garbage in to garbage out" and applying it with a pinch of salt, Richard made us again a bit more comfortable about discussing statistics and the impact of data modelling on our daily insurance business. Yes, the model might tell you that it happens once every 250 years but (a) this can happen today, and again tomorrow, and the model is still right and (b) your gut feeling might tell you something different. Listen to it.

Andreas Bachofner

Shires Partnership


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As the sun set and the air cooled after another gloriously sunny (although rather hot and humid) day at this year’s Rendezvous – at which some serious business discussions mixed with the lighter undertones of social networking had been concluded for the day - the evening began.

In traditional style, the annual AirSP Dinner followed the Principality Cocktail Party. The Quai des Artistes Restaurant, as always, not only lived up to, but surpassed expectations. Members and their guests were treated to fine cuisine, impeccable service and, of course, a glass or two!

The Dinner was again well attended, the company excellent and the atmosphere convivial. A very good time was had by all.

Tracy Bailey



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On a warm summer’s evening at The Broker in Leadenhall Market, members and their guests were instructed in the mysteries of the sommelier. "Smell the fragrance of the wine and ask yourself what type of minerals it reminds you of", he said. The wine reminded him of the first drops of rain on hot, dusty earth. Hmmm, possibly.

"Then", he said, "smell again. Ask yourself what type of vegetable it reminds you of". Easy, grilled mushrooms. "Then", he said, "ask yourself what event it reminds you of". He was relaxing now.  He gave the example of his granny’s slippers.  I took a whiff and had it straight away: servicing the lawnmower.

Best of all, though, was the test for acidity. Take a mouthful of the stuff and, without swallowing, breathe in through the mouth. This was best not attempted in a white shirt. On this basis, all the wines tasted pretty acidic.

But, of course our convivial host, Luis Lucas of the Portuguese Wine Society, could afford to be frivolous. The wines he produced were structured, full of flavour and beautifully made, produced by the best vineyards in Portugal. The wines would grace, and be a point of interest on, any dinner table. Assisted by the Broker’s marvellous selection of canapés and then superb Paella, we became enthusiastic supporters of the Portuguese wine industry.

The wines were tasted in order of latitude, starting in the north of the country and working south, as follows.

Alvarinho (Vino verde)

Caladessa Decalada (white)

Muralhas de Monçao (rose)

St Joao (sparking rose)

St Joao (sparking red)

Caladessa (powerful red 14.5%)

Luis’s contact details appear below. Ask for the Association’s usual 10% discount on a case.

Luis Lucas, Portuguese Wine Evangelist, The Portuguese Wine Club

+44 (0) 7778118321 - - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Personal Marketing Presentation - 17 May 2016

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Patrick Palmer, the Head of Marketing & Communications at Barbican Insurance, spoke to Members on 17 May about personal marketing. Patrick was one of the inaugural members of Barbican in November 2007, having spent the previous six years working in the insurance media. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations. He also holds a Diploma in Professional Marketing.

Speaking from his personal knowledge of how to sell, both generally and specifically, in the insurance market, Patrick gave Members a fascinating and intensely practical talk on how to raise one’s profile and actually get people’s attention, coupled with what is in many ways the more difficult job of persuading them to move from interest to giving business. That fundamental step change in the relationship takes patience, persistence, personability and a USP. The insurance market is full of experienced buyers of services, who have their own networks. One needs not just to have a good story, but tell it well and make clear its relevance and advantages to the prospective purchaser.

All Members went away with what they hope is just that little bit of an extra "edge" which will help them close that next deal.

AGM and Dinner - 7 April 2016

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AirSP held its AGM and Dinner in the congenial surroundings of the Rocket City Restaurant. The meeting was a reflection of a successful year in which the Association has grown to 30 Members, with others having indicated their interest in joining. We are particularly pleased to announce that Bill Perry was unanimously re-elected as Chairman and the Members of the Association are extremely pleased with the work that Bill and the Board Members have done over the last year. Members of the Board that were re-elected were Tracy Bailey (Secretary), Ashley Prager (Treasurer), Charles Catt, Elaine Mason, Andres Bachofner, Gerard Dupré, John O’Neil and David Brackenbury. The Board are looking forward to future growth in the Association and are delighted that AirSP has gone from strength to strength over the last year and is attracting interest from prospective Members, as well as senior figures within the Insurance and Reinsurance industry.

The AGM was followed by an excellent and very well attended dinner. About 20 Members and their guests attended, and our guest of honour, Nicola Burdett, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer at Houlder Insurance Services Ltd put the cap on a very successful evening with an exposition of her views on the Reinsurance industry in London, as well as overseas, and its relationship to the services that are required in risk management, placing business and negotiating claims.

Members and their guests seemed to be having an excellent time. In some of the darker and quieter corners of the room, it also seemed that items of business were being transacted!

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Elena Bredikhina (CEO, Challenge Group) was our star turn to celebrate our meeting on International Women’s Day on 8 March. Tracing the origin of this special day back to 1909, she talked about the landmarks of the empowerment of women since then, of course with particular reference to the insurance market, and London in particular. Inevitably, therefore, she mentioned Inga Beale, the first woman CEO of Lloyd’s – and it was therefore a particular pleasure that Inga was actually at the event. Amongst a large (very much standing room only) audience, we also counted Karen Graves (the COO of SCOR) and Judith Pleasance (the Common Councilman for Langbourn Ward in the City).

This was a vibrant, packed and interesting meeting. All credit to Elena for delivering a talk in her second language, especially on such a relevant subject on that day!

This is a great launching pad for our AGM, which will be at 5.00pm on Thursday 7 April 2016 in The Pink Room at the Rocket City Restaurant, 6 Adams Court, London, EC2N 1DX.

 I look forward to seeing all members, both at the AGM and at the Dinner afterwards.