About the conference

Enhance your understanding of the global and national insurance industries at our insightful full-day conference packed with informative and thought-provoking sessions.

  • Understanding Industry Dynamics: Explore the factors reshaping the market structure and dynamics, from corporate transformations to emerging trends in commercial risks.
  • Australian Industry in Focus: Gain valuable insights into the role of the Australian insurance industry within the broader national economic and social context.
  • Navigating the Future of Insurance: Expert-led discussions on the world of insurance, future trends, challenges, opportunities, changing distribution models, and the impact of technology on customer perspectives.

As an insurance professional, participating in this event is an invaluable opportunity to enhance your expertise, stay abreast of industry trends, and network with your peers in the industry.

  • Industry Issues & Insights: Gain unparalleled insights into the global and national insurance landscapes from industry experts.
  • Exclusive Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow insurance professionals, industry leaders, and experts.
  • Earn Professional Development Points: Attendees are eligible for 6.42 ANZIIF CIP points and 5 NIBA CPD points.
  • Navigate Industry Challenges: Equip yourself with the knowledge to navigate industry changes effectively.

The event will be held in Sydney, at Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour’s Pyrmont.

Participation is eligible for 5 NIBA CPD points and 6.42 ANZIIF CIP points

Industry Speakers

Simon Agar

Director - Zap Central

Susie Amos

Principal - Finity Consulting

Jenny Bax


Catherine Carlyon

Country Manager, Australia - AXA XL

Frank Costigan

Former Managing Director, SafetyCulture Care

Mike Emmett


Nigel Fitzgerald

COO - Steadfast

Paul George

Managing Director - MGA

Scott Guse

Partner - KPMG

David Hosking

CEO Australia, NZ & Asia - PSC

Lisa Harrison

CEO, Insurance Product and Portfolio - Suncorp

Jarrod Hill


Jason Howard

Marsh - FINPRO Risk Management Leader and FINPRO Chief Client Officer - Pacific

Noel MacCarthy

Former Global Head of Casualty - Liberty Mutual

Chris Mackinnon

Regional Director, Asia Pacific Middle East & Africa - Lloyd's Australia

Terry McMullan

Chairman - Insurance News

Greg Mullins

CEO - Envest

Gary Seymour

Chairman - CBN & Edgewise

Shaun Standfield

Managing Director - Insurance Advisernet Australia & New Zealand

Jamie Smith

Non Executive Director - Insurtech Australia and Former CIO - Hollard

Event agenda


Registrations open


Welcome and introduction


SESSION 1 ⇀ How insurance got to where it is – insights
Susie Amos, Principal – Finity Actuarial


SESSION 2 ⇀ The wide world of Insurance and where it’s going
Chris Mackinnon, Director – Lloyd’s Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa


Coffee break


SESSION 3 ⇀ The Australian insurance industry – Pressures and possibilities
Panel discussion led by John Deex, Managing Editor – Insurance News
Panel members:
* Shaun Standfield, MD – Insurance Advisernet Aust & NZ
* Lisa Harrison, CEO – Consumer Insurance, Suncorp
* Noel MacCarthy, Global Product Leader, Casualty – Liberty Mutual Global Risk Solutions
* Jason Howard, Marsh – FINPRO Risk Management Leader and FINPRO Chief Client Officer – Pacific


SESSION 4 ⇀ The way ahead in a rapidly changing environment
Nigel Fitzgerald, COO – Steadfast


Morning sessions wrap-up




SESSION 5 ⇀ Affordability, availability, viability, reliability – The customer and the industry in 2024
Scott Guse, Partner – KPMG


SESSION 6 ⇀ Technology – New tech v old tech, what the industry wants and what to expect
Panel session led by Wendy Pugh, Deputy Editor – Insurance News
Panel members:
* Paul George, MD – MGA
* Frank Costigan, Former MD – Safety Culture Care
* Simon Agar, Director – ZapCentral
* Jamie Smith, Former CIO – Hollard


SESSION 7 ⇀ A vision for the future of Australian insurance
Greg Mullins, CEO – Envest


Coffee break


SESSION 8 ⇀ The year ahead: where are we going?
Panel discussion led by Terry McMullan, Chairman – Insurance News
Panel members:
* Catherine Carlyon, CEO – Axa XL
* Jenny Bax, CEO – UAC
* Mike Emmett, CEO – AUB
* Jarrod Hill, CEO – CGU & WFI
* David Hosking, CEO Australia, NZ & Asia – PSC Insurance Group
* Gary Seymour, Chairman – CBN & Edgewise


Closing notes


Networking drinks


Conference close

Gold partners

AXA XL, the P&C and specialty risk division of AXA, is known for solving complex risks. For mid-sized companies, multinationals and even some inspirational individuals we don’t just provide re/insurance, we reinvent it. How? By combining a strong and efficient capital platform, data-driven insights, leading technology, and the best talent in an agile and inclusive workspace, empowered to deliver top client service across all our lines of business − property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty. With an innovative and flexible approach to risk solutions, we partner with those who move the world forward.

Liberty Specialty Markets is a global insurer and reinsurer. We partner with insurance brokers to bring value and solutions to Asia Pacific’s most significant business and government organisations – helping them protect what they earn, build and own. Our partners put their trust in us every day. When a claim occurs, we’re right there with them, offering flexible approaches to get the best claims outcome for every client. This drives the genuine and long-standing relationships we’ve established over the years, and allows us to look beyond today, help you plan for tomorrow, and protect what matters most.

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