Mary Francis, director general of the Association of British Insurers, will be among the guest speakers at the Association of Insurance and Risk Managers (AIRMIC) conference in June of this year.

The theme of the conference is "Adding Value" and Francis will focus on the insurance industry in the new millennium in particular its image standards and innovation.

Other topics for discussion are Woolf one year on, corporate governance, health and safety and adding value to risk management through partnership.

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on June 5-7, the conference aims to allow risk managers and insurers to discuss the changing insurance environment and look at their differing requirements.

Mark Butterworth, chairman of AIRMIC commented: "The role of risk management has been evolving to meet the demands of a rapidly-changing world. The pace of change will continue, I believe, into the 21st century and risk managers must be well prepared to meet the challenges that such change will bring.

"The programme of the conference has been developed to cover fresh topics, re-examine core principles, encourage discussion and stretch the boundaries of thinking about risk."