Thursday Conference Sessions

Keynote Speakers

  • Freddie Flintoff MBE Freddie Flintoff MBE
  • Professor Green Professor Green
  • Katie Piper Katie Piper
    @ Dan Kennedy
  • Professor Tanya Byron Professor Tanya Byron

Opening up about Mental Health


Three speakers from very different fields are helping to bring the subject of mental health into the public eye, showing that mental health issues can affect anyone.

Freddie Flintoff MBE is one of the best known, and most successful cricketers of his generation. Since retiring he has pursued a media career including presenting BBC1’s The Hidden Side of Sport where he took a personal look at depression in sport.

Professor Green is a superstar of British music with two Top 3 albums and a career tally of over 2.5 million combined sales in the UK alone. He has presented five critically acclaimed BBC documentaries including Suicide and Meand is Patron of anti-suicide charity CALM.

Katie Piper rebuilt her life after an acid attack in 2008 and is a best-selling international author and charity campaigner helping people with burns and scars reconnect with their lives and communities.

The panel will be chaired by Professor Tanya Byron, a consultant clinical psychologist and broadcaster who has worked in the NHS and private practice for over twenty years.

With an estimated 1 in 4 people in the UK affected by a mental health problem each year, come and take inspiration from speakers who have the courage to speak openly about their experiences and overcoming personal challenges.

  • The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

What’s Next?


Boris Johnson was elected Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015 and appointed UK Foreign Secretary in 2016, standing down two years later. Prior to this Boris was Mayor of London for eight years, elected with the largest personal mandate in British political history. He was also a key figure in the EU referendum, leading the Vote Leave campaign. He previously served as Editor of The Spectator, MP for Henley-on-Thames, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Shadow Minister for Higher Education.

Boris is the author of numerous books including The Churchill Factor, Johnson’s Life of London and Have I Got Views for You. He has won numerous awards, both as editor and columnist, and currently writes for The Telegraph.

We are expecting very high numbers for this session. Please note that seats in the auditorium will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis on the day. The presentation will be live streamed to the overflow room, Charter 4.

Seminar Sessions


These sessions run concurrently. Delegates can choose one of the following sessions to attend.

Hackathon Final Three – You Choose the Winner!

This session is open to EVERYONE at BIBA 2019.

The inaugural BIBA Hackathon in 2018 created an innovation buzz like no other. This year we are stretching the hackathon over both days of the event so in this session you have the chance to influence who wins!

Eight teams will have battled it out the previous day to win the coveted first prize and the judges will have whittled them down to three finalists. The final teams will present in this session and it’s your opportunity to cast your vote for your favourite idea!

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Learning objectives:

  • Hear the ideas that members of the industry have produced from the broker-specific challenges set by BIBA
  • Start creatively thinking about how you can utilise technology and innovation in your own brokerage
  • Nick Davenport Nick Davenport
    CEO, EIS Partners
  • Romaney O'Malley Romaney O'Malley
    Chief Financial Officer UK, AIG
  • Matt Francis Matt Francis
    Director, UK Insurance Regulatory Team, KPMG
  • Laura High Laura High
    Director, Yutree Insurance


Negotiations on the UK Withdrawal Bill and the future trading relationship continue to dominate the news bulletins and are on the front page of every UK newspaper. This session allows delegates the chance to look beyond the headlines, to consider the practical preparations brokers need to be making to prepare their businesses for when the negotiations have finally ended.

Our panel of experts will assess the current situation, potential next steps and solutions, giving the audience the chance to engage and debate.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about constructing a Brexit ‘To Do’ list
  • Discuss the implications of claims on existing policies, including tax implications
  • Learn about the possible need to ‘re-paper’ your TOBAs
  • Find out about what and when to communicate with clients about the possible impacts of Brexit
  • Discuss the impact on continued service levels if you employ EU workers
  • Chris Rolland Chris Rolland
    CEO, AllClear Insurance
  • James Daley James Daley
    Managing Director, Fairer Finance
  • Johnny Timpson Johnny Timpson
    Financial Protection Specialist, Scottish Widows and DWP Disability Champion, Insurance Industry
  • James Taylor James Taylor
    Head of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs, Scope
  • Graeme Trudgill Graeme Trudgill
    Executive Director, BIBA

Access to Insurance

Despite the best efforts of BIBA member brokers to help consumers and businesses access suitable insurance protection, vulnerable customers continue to experience difficulties in getting cover for holidays, motor and their homes.

This is a topic which is at the forefront of minds at the FCA, the Treasury Select Committee and the DWP. We have a panel of experts who will consider all the challenges and look to identify the pathways forward.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand some of the difficulties vulnerable customers can experience
  • Appreciate some of the new services being developed
  • Discover whether technology can provide help and access to difficult-to-place cover solutions