Our insight and data development editor prepares for Airmic and some dancing


Bit of a ghost town in the office and around the City today. People have obviously taken time off after the Jubilee bank holiday. I’m partied out and, frankly, glad of the peace and quiet. Preparing for the Airmic risk managers conference in Liverpool this week (June 11-13) is a good use of the time. I have a hit list of risk managers. I have an invite to JLT’s party - so my dancing shoes won’t get much rest.


The peace and quiet is short-lived. The news desk is buzzing as AXA personal lines boss Steve Hardy quits, then Aviva and Broker Network part ways, all in the space of an hour. I’m pleased that AXA commercial chief Amanda Blanc has taken temporary charge of personal lines. You don’t see that many women in top City jobs, so I take my hat off to her.


I’m working on the next instalment of The Knowledge, on personal lines motor. The motor market is in a sticky situation with PI costs through the roof and referral fees flowing left, right and centre. I’m digging around to find out how the big insurers are trying to protect their bottom line. It’s part of the job, but it’s personal too: I’m in the market for a cute little run-around.


I barely show my face at work and then I’m off to Euston for the train to Liverpool and the Airmic conference. I can’t decide if a 5k “fun run” along the Mersey tomorrow morning will be a fantastic start to the day or a world of pain. Wonder if anyone from my hit-list will be there?


A busy day ahead of meetings, interviews and videos at Airmic. Roll on drinks at the Museum of Liverpool.