5th February 2016

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has announced that two keynote debates will open and close this year’s conference programme, on 11 and 12 May 2016.

At the beginning of the conference, debating whether the UK’s businesses will be better off inside or outside the EU will be entrepreneur, Baroness Michelle Mone; Chairman of Business for New Europe, Roland Rudd; Economist, Roger Bootle and the Chief Executive of Vote Leave, Matthew Elliott.

The closing discussion will consider how the UK faces up to new threats from terrorism and what type of attack we need to prepare for. Discussing this difficult subject will be the ex-Home Secretary, Alan Johnson; the ex-Head of MI5, Lord Jonathan Evans; Broadcaster, Jeremy Bowen and technology expert, Dr Simon Moores.

Two further keynotes complete the main sessions: the leading futurologist, Magnus Lindkvist from Sweden will open on Thursday morning and on Wednesday afternoon, BIBA has booked a leading international statesman. The identity of this speaker will not be announced until nearer the conference.

As in previous years the conference will also provide a full seminar programme with all six sessions dedicated to topical insurance issues. One of these sessions will look specifically at the challenges facing the London market. Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyd’s; Dominic Christian, Executive Chairman, Aon Benfield; David Howden, CEO, Hyperion and Andrew McMellin, Chief Executive, Insurance, XL Catlin, will make up the panel.

BIBA’s 2016 conference has the theme ‘The Go To place…’ and will be held in Manchester. Senior Newsnight presenter, Kirsty Wark, will be hosting the event.



Notes to editors

  1. For further information please contact:BIBA press office:
    Pam Quinn, Communications Manager
    020 7397 0223
  2. About the British Insurance Brokers’ Association

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms having merged with the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) in November 2011.

General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy and BIBA brokers employ more than 100,000 staff.

54% of all general insurance is sold by an insurance broker and they arrange 78% of all commercial insurance business.

Insurance brokers put the client’s interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

BIBA helps more than 250,000 people a year to access insurance protection through its Find a Broker service, both online and via the telephone.