The Airmic conference takes place in Manchester from 16-18 June. Insurance Times profiles the key speakers and provides the official programme of events

The conference speakers

Kate Adie
Kate Adie is chief news correspondent of BBC Newsgathering.

She started work as a studio technician with BBC local radio after graduating in Scandinavian Studies at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

She moved from local radio in Durham to Bristol, as a producer specialising in farming and arts programmes.

At BBC Plymouth, Adie went into news as a regional TV reporter, later working in Southampton and Brighton.

She came to BBC TV national news in 1979. She has reported from most of the world's trouble spots and won awards for her coverage of Northern Ireland and the American bombing in Tripoli.

In 1989 she was promoted to chief news correspondent.

In the past ten years she has covered the Gulf War, the war in former Yugoslavia and events in the Gulf, Armenia, Albania, Rwanda and China.

Patricia Fripp
Patricia Fripp is an award-winning speaker and speech coach.

Meetings and Conventions Magazine calls her "one of the US's ten most electrifying speakers". She is the author of Make It! So You Don't Have to Fake It and Get What You Want, and contributing author to Speaking Secrets of the Masters and Insights Into Excellence.

Fripp was the first woman president of the over 4,000-member National Speakers Association of the US and is a Hall of Fame recipient.

David Veness
David Veness is assistant commissioner specialist operations with the Metropolitan Police - a role that puts him in charge of intelligence, protection, anti-terrorism and security as well as in operations against serious and specialised crime.

He joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Corps in 1964, the Metropolitan Police in 1966 and the CID in 1969. His postings as a detective chief superintendent include SO6 (Fraud Squad) and SO10 (crime operations group).

He was promoted to deputy assistant commissioner, specialist operations, crime, in November 1991 and took command of the specialist crime squads at Scotland Yard.

Appointed assistant commissioner in 1994 he assumed charge of all specialist operations including protection, terrorism, security and organised crime. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal and is a CBE.

Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge
Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge led British Airways for 20 years, initially as chief executive, then as chairman and chief executive. Since 1996, he has been non-executive chairman.

After his appointment as chief executive in 1983, Marshall conceived and directed the business transformation of the state-owned airline, in preparation for its successful privatisation four years later.

He began his business career with the Hertz Corporation. In 1964, he was recruited by Avis and rose to become president and chief executive.

In 1981 he was appointed deputy chief executive and a board member of Sears Holdings. He is currently chairman of Invensys and a board member of HSBC Holdings.

Lord Marshall is a former president of the CBI and is currently chairman of the CBI international advisory board.

Joseph Huggard
Joseph Huggard is practice director, science and policy at the Weinberg Group.

Huggard is a chemical engineer with more than 25 years' experience and has carried out a wide variety of projects in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agro-chemical, healthcare, environmental, food and other related industries.

He has designed numerous product defence strategies for international industries. He is also a member of the editorial board and a regular contributor to industry magazine European Chemical News, where he writes on industrial policy issues.

What's on offer at Airmic, and when?

Monday 16 June
2pm Training session for Airmic members only

4pm Delegates' registration begins at the Manchester International Convention Centre

4.30pm Patricia Fripp addresses the exhibitors

5pm Exhibition opens

6pm Official welcome to the exhibition by David Ireland and drinks reception

7.30pm Exhibition closes

7.30pm Informal buffet supper, for delegates who have pre-booked, will be held at the convention centre

Tuesday 17 June
8am Registration continues

8.30am Exhibition opens

9.30am Opening of the conference by David Ireland, chairman of Airmic

9.40am Patricia Fripp, award-winning speaker and speech coach: In pursuit of excellence: strategies for career success

10.20am David Veness, assistant commissioner, specialist operations, Metropolitan Police: The consequences of new threshold terrorism

11am Tea/coffee - exhibition

11.30am Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, chairman of British Airways: Daring to excel - the inexact science of business success

12.30pm Lunch in the exhibition hall

2pm Lectures and/or workshops (A session)

3.15pm Tea/coffee - exhibition

3.45pm Lectures and/or workshops (B session)

5pm Exhibition

5.15pm Airmic AGM - Airmic members only

6pm Close of exhibition and the day's sessions

7.30pm Pre-dinner reception at Le Meridien Palace

8pm Dinner at Le Meridien Palace with sponsored entertainment

11pm Theme bars at Le Meridien Palace will be open until 1am

Wednesday 18 June
8.30am Exhibition opens - coffee will be served in the exhibition hall

9.20am Joseph Huggard, practice director science and policy at the Weinberg Group: Asbestos to tobacco to pharmaceuticals... we're all next!

Scare science, the end of presumptive innocence; where will the liability end?

10am Lectures and/or workshops

(C session)

11.15am Tea/coffee - exhibition

11.45am Lectures and/or workshops

(D session):

1pm Lunch in the exhibition hall

1.45pm Announcement of winners of exhibitors' prize draws and competition prizes by Nick Chown in the exhibition hall

The following session in the auditorium is open to all delegates and exhibitors

2.30pm Kate Adie, chief news correspondent, BBC Newsgathering: From our correspondent

3.10pm Airmic review by chairman David Ireland. Hand-over to new chairman and presentation of prizes for best exhibition stands

3.15pm Close of conference and departure

Airmic secretariat
6 Lloyd's Avenue
London EC3N 3AX
Tel: 020 7480 7610 Fax: 020 7702 3752

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Manchester International Convention Centre

The G-Mex Centre, Manchester M2 3GX

Tel: 0161 834 2700 Fax: 0800 028 7027