What happened at the Biba Conference 2024? Find out what delegates and the Insurance Times team got up to – you heard it here first…

Staying Alive

A coalition of climate protest groups, called Don’t Insure the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (Stop Eacop), made an appearance outside the Biba Conference on day one this year, staging a musical performance of the Bee Gees hit song Staying Alive.

As a result, the broker trade body tightened its security measures with an increased police presence and more stringent entry checks.

The climate group was targeting insurers, campaigning against the provision of insurance for fossil fuel projects.

Stop Eacop includes protest groups Insure our Future, Extinction Rebellion, Stop West Cumbria Coal Mine, Greenpeace Manchester, Manchester Friends of the Earth, Just Stop Oil, Global Justice Now and Tipping Point. 

Biba 2024 protest

Trudgill’s first Biba keynote 

Graeme Trudgill delivered his first opening keynote as chief executive of Biba at this year’s conference. Former chief executive Steve White announced his retirement at 2023’s Biba Conference, with Trudgill’s promotion effective from July 2023. 

During his opening address, Trudgill outlined his vision of cooperation and allyship to drive positive change across the industry. 

He also called on the FCA, which had a stand in the exhibition hall, to offer a period of stability following the introduction of “demanding regulation”. 

Graeme Biba

 Graffiti art

The Insurance Times logo had a makeover thanks to Gallagher-owned Pen Underwriting. The MGA presented Insurance Times editor Katie Scott with a framed revamped logo in orange, pink and black graffiti.

The artwork will be proudly displayed in Insurance Times’ headquarters in London.

Graffiti IT Katie

Run Biba Run

Not even rainy Manchester weather could dampen the Insurtech Biba Run Club in Manchester.

Led by Elliott Green, sales director at Genasys, a group of insurtech delegates started their Biba Conference 2024 with a run, which was sponsored by Genasys and Percayso Inform.

Runners included Green and Richard Tomlinson, managing director of Percayso Inform. The runners sported a blue branded ’Run Biba Run’ t-shirt. 

Biba run club 2024

Tapoly hits the Velodrome

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, chief executive and founder of insurtech MGA Tapoly, kicked off her Biba Conference this year by speeding around an Olympic standard cycle track at the Velodrome in Manchester.

The event was organised by insurance firm Fortegra – some staff from the specialty insurer joined Kaenprakhamroy for the group cycle activity.

Janthana Kenprakhamroy_velodrome biba 24

Olympic friends

Insurance Times editor Katie Scott met Olympic track cyclist and jockey Victoria Pendleton at Ageas UK’s dinner event on 15 May 2024. Pendleton, who is now retired from professional cycling, has two Olympic gold medals and one silver. She also has World, European and Commonwealth accolades to her name.

Pendleton is not a complete stranger to the characters of the insurance industry – she told dinner attendees that she had previously bought a horse from Ardonagh Retail’s chief executive Ian Donaldson.

Katie and Victoria

Paw-sing for breath

Biba brought back its wellness zone for 2024’s conference, which included the opportunity to play with black labrador puppies, get a massage or have reflexology.


Terrific totes 

This year, Insurance Times rolled out some stylish tote bags branded with the publication’s iconic red and black logo. 

The must-have bags, which included the publication’s May 2024 edition, were available from the brand’s stand – A50. They were modelled by members of the commercial, subscriptions and editorial teams.

IT totes

Young Broker of the Year

Aon UK’s cyber and technology errors and omissions broker Ethan Godlieb was named as the Oliver Rose Biba Young Broker of the Year 2024 at Biba’s 2024 conference.

This award recognises the performance, contribution and future potential of younger brokers aged 35 or younger, as well as encourages commitment to the future professionalism of insurance broking.

Ethan Godlieb

Last year, the award was renamed in memory of Oliver Rose, who passed away in March 2023. He won the award in 2016 for his contributions to the sector.

The Speculator 


F1 driver David Coulthard gave Biba Conference 2024 delegates his top tips about teamwork and data during the two-day event’s closing panel session.

The ex-driver competed in 15 seasons of Formula 1 – between 1994 and 2008 – and drove for a range of teams, such as Williams, McLaren and Red Bull.

When asked by panel chair Gabby Logan about what the team environment was like behind the scenes, Coulthard first said that while he was the voice of the car, staff were collectively looking at data to determine the best route for success.

“You’ve got to trust in that data – the data doesn’t have opinion, it just gives you facts,” he added.

Coulthard also stressed that making mistakes “is not something we should deny and we should not be scared of”.


News editor James Cowen met Coulthard at the Biba Conference

“In Formula 1 – and I assume this in your team – we don’t have a blame culture, we have a responsibility culture,” Coulthard said.

Does Coulthard’s view of teamwork resonate with insurance industry firms? Is this stance seen in broking teams?