The Association of Insurance and Risk Managers' (AIRMIC's) annual conference 2000 will be held at the International Convention Centre at Birmingham June 5-7th (pictured).

This year's conference will focus on the role of risk management in a rapidly changing world.

The theme of the conference is "Adding Value" and is designed to cover fresh topics, re-examine core principles, encourage discussion and stretch the boundaries of thinking about risk.

Mark Butterworth chairman of AIRMIC believes in the 21st century risk managers must be well prepared to meet the challenges ahead.

The aim of the annual conference is to stimulate ideas and motivate risk managers to enable them to take the issue of risk management forward.

It is also aiming to provide a networking environment with risk professionals and to gain knowledge, information and awareness of services by means of a risk management exhibition.

Butterworth said: "Our conference will provide many opportunities to discover and learn new ways of thinking and working."

Keynote speakers at the conference will be Mary Francis director general of the Association of British Insurers, Anthony Hilton city editor of The London Evening Standard, Perry Golkin member of Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts, Robert Hodgkinson chairman of Financial Reporting Committee ICAEW and journalist John Humphrys.

  • AIRMIC is the UK's sole organisation dedicated to the wide-ranging interests of all professional practising or responsible for insurance and risk management.

    AIRMIC was founded in 1963 as the Association of Insurance Managers in Industry and Commerce.

    The subsequent incorporation of "Risk" into the name marked the growing importance of risk management as a key business discipline to raising the awareness and standards of risk management, with the aim of expanding perceived horizons and opening up new worlds of opportunity.

    Insurance Times has a stand at this year's AIRMIC conference and exhibition (on Stand 25) where members of the editorial, advertising and marketing team will be available for you to talk to.

    We are sharing the stand with our sister publication Global Reinsurance and all risk managers attending the event will also receive a copy of the newest magazine published by our parent company, Southern Magazines – Strategic Risk.

    This publication is for professionals who have to deal with risk at strategic level, and main board directors who now have non-delegable responsibilities for corporate governance.

    This new quarterly title is officially endorsed by AIRMIC and contains the official programme for the conference.

    Mary Francis – who will deliver the first major speech, has been director general of the Association of British Insurers since June 1999. Educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she held an exhibition in history, she worked as a research assistant to professor Max (now Lord) Beloff at All Souls College, Oxford, before joining the Civil Service. She spent most of her career in the Treasury, and was most recently Financial Counsellor at the British Embassy in Washington, Private Secretary to the Prime Minister with responsibility for domestic and economic affairs, and Deputy Private Secretary to the Queen.

    Anthony Hilton – has an MA (Hons) degree in Economics from Aberdeen University and began his career in 1968 as a trainee journalist on The Guardian. He has been city editor of The Times and the Evening Standard, and managing director of the Evening Standard. He has worked for the Observer, Daily Mail and Sunday Express, and was editor of Accountancy Age. He is a regular commentator on both radio and television, and has written two acclaimed books "How to communicate financial information to employees" and "City within a state," a study of how the City of London really works.

    Perry Golkin - a member of Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts – began his professional career at Price Waterhouse, became a certified public accountant and taught accounting for three years at the University of Pennyslvania's Wharton School. Before joining KKR in 1986, he was with the law firm of Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett in New York, where he was involved in a broad range of corporate financings, including mergers, acquisitions and management buy-outs. He currently serves on numerous boards of directors, including Bristol West Insurance Group, Willis, Rhine Reinsurance and Biomedical Research Alliance of New York.

    Robert Hodgkinson– who will lead Wednesday's plenary session on the case for better risk reporting, is Chairman of the Financial Reporting "Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). He is a partner in Arthur Andersen's UK Professional Standards Group, and specialises in developing and supporting the firm's risk management products, including the Business Audit. He is a Fellow of the ICAEW and a member of its 21st Century Corporate Reporting Task Force. He chaired the steering group responsible for ICAEW's 1997 paper "Financial Reporting of Risk" and its 1999 follow-up "No Surprises: The Case or Better Risk Reporting."

    John Humphrys – was the first of the BBC's journalists to present frontline news programmes on the television and radio: 'Today' on Radio Four and Television News on BBC1. He also presents 'On the Record' on BBC1. 'On the Ropes' and 'The John Humphrys Interview' on Radio Four. For ten years he was a foreign correspondent with the BBC and has reported on events, ranging from the resignation of Richard Nixon to the first free elections in South Africa. He was based in Washington for six years and Southern Africa for three. He began in newspapers and spent two years in Independent Television as a scriptwriter and reporter.

    The conference will also be host to more than 50 exhibitors (see table below). The programme is:

    Monday June 5
    Delegates' registration at the international convention centre
    Drinks reception and formal opening of the exhibition by the chairman

    Tuesday June 6
    Opening of the Conference by Mark Butterworth Chairman of AIRMIC
    Mary Francis, Director General, Association of British Insurers: 'The Insurance Industry in the New Millennium - Image, Standards and Innovation in British Insurance.'
    Anthony Hilton, city editor, The Evening Standard: 'Shareholder value is short-term thinking by another name.'
    Tea/Coffee sponsored by Royal & SunAlliance, exhibition
    Perry Golkin, member, Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts: 'Creating Value.'
    Panel questions.
    Tea/coffee sponsored by RSA, exhibition

    Lunch, guest speaker: Catherine Destivelle, sponsored by Aon.

    Lectures and/or workshops: John Trotter & Peter Smith: 'Woolf - One Year On' or David Ovenden: 'Reminiscences of an Ageing Risk Manager' or workshops
    Tea/coffee, sponsored by RSA, exhibition
    Lecturer and/or workshops: Professor Brian Toft: 'Hidden Dangers - The Human Condition' or Stephen Fulwell: 'Health and Safety and Risk Management' or workshops
    Annual General Meeting – AIRMIC members only.
    Close of the day's sessions.

    Pre-Dinner reception at the International Convention Centre.

    Dinner at the International Convention Centre. The entertainment during dinner will be sponsored by Winterthur.

    11.00pm - 1.30am
    Sponsored theme bars at the International Convention Centre

    Wednesday June 7
    Robert Hodgkinson, chairman, Financial Reporting Committee, ECAEW: 'No Surprises – the Case for Better Risk Reporting.'
    Lecturers and/or workshops: Paul Hopkin & Murray Steele: 'Corporate Governance' or Paul McCunn & Bob Brown: 'What is all this 'Adding Value'?, What does it mean for the finance function and how can it be harnessed to drive Risk Management?' or Workshops
    Tea/coffee sponsored by RSA, exhibition.
    Lectures and/or workshops: Stephen Ward: Intergrating Risk Management - Lessons from Strategic Management' or Angus Tucker, Eric Goulding & Derek Brighton: 'Contingency Planning - Adding Value through Partnership' or workshops
    Buffet lunch/ exhibition.
    Presentation of exhibition prizes.
    Plenary Session – AIRMIC review by chairman and handover to new chairman – open to all delegates and exhibitors.
    John Humphrys
    Chairman of AIRMIC closes the conference – presentation of prize for best exhibition stand.

    ACE Europe
    AIG Europe (UK) Ltd
    Alexander Forbes Risk Services Ltd
    Allianz Cornhill International
    Aon Risk Services Ltd
    Axa Global Risks UK Ltd
    Beachcroft Wansbroughs
    Business Insurance
    CGU Global Risks
    CNA Insurance Company (Europe) Ltd
    Chubb Insurance Company of Europe
    Claims Plus
    Crawford & Company
    Cunningham Ellis & Buckle
    DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Co Ltd
    Eastgate Group
    FM Global
    GAB Robins UK Ltd
    Gallagher Bassett
    Garwyn Ltd
    Generali Global
    Guernsey Financial Services Commission
    HSBC Insurance Management
    Heath Risk Services
    Hiscox Syndicate
    I.N.I. – The Global Integrated Network
    Insurance & Pensions Authority
    Iron Trades Insurance Co Ltd
    Jersey Financial Services Commission
    Liberty International Underwriters
    Loss Prevention Council
    McLarens Toplis
    Miller Fisher Group
    Munich-American Risk Partners
    Personal Group Benefits Ltd
    Perspective Publishing
    Peter Rickson & Partners
    R.E.M. International
    Relectronic-Remech Ltd
    Resolve International Ltd
    Royal & SunAlliance
    Rushton International
    Southern Magazines
    St Paul International Insurance Co
    Standard & Poor's Insurance Ratings
    The Centre for Crisis Psychology
    Timothy Benn Publishing
    Town & Country Assistance PLC
    Whittington Group Ltd
    Willcox Lane Clutterbuck
    Willis Corroon Group
    Winterthur International
    XL Europe Insurance
    Zurich International UK Ltd

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