Speakers

Speakers

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Jonathan Swift

Director of Content

Insurance Post

Post and Insurance Age content director Jonathan Swift has written and commented about the insurance industry since 1998. He has appeared on television speaking about topics as diverse as the insurance implications of Michael Jackson's death to the consequences of consolidation on motor premiums; and is a past winner of the British Insurance Brokers' Association journalist of the year and Association of British Insurers general insurance trade journalist prizes.
Jonathan has chaired/ hosted over 100 insurance events from roundtables involving a small specially invited audience, to addressing over 2000 people at the British Insurance Awards at the Royal Albert Hall. He is listed as a top 50 insurtech influencer by Insurtech News and presently coordinates the All Party Parliamentary Group for Insurance and Financial Services.

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Bea Montoya

Marketing Channels Director

Simply Business

Bea Montoya, Digital Marketing Director at Simply Business, is focused on spreading the word of Simply Business to the UK’s small business and landlord community through customer-focused and data-driven marketing. Bea is responsible for innovation across our marketing strategies, with data, technology and personalisation at the core.

Since joining in 2015, Bea’s successfully integrated key technologies and introduced agile methodologies to the marketing team. As a member of the Exec team, Bea is also a key driver of Simply Business’ award-winning culture, ensuring we're always working in an open, collaborative environment and championing diversity

Before Simply Business, Bea spent time at Euromoney, in their London, New York and Paris offices, and more recently, she was Time Inc.’s Consumer Marketing Director.

You can learn more about Simply Business by visiting their website, or getting in touch on Twitter @simplybusiness. Connect with Bea on Twitter @beatrizmontoya, and on Linkedin at www.linkedin.com/in/beatrizmontoya.

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Russell Merrett

Founding Investor

Kinsu

Shortly after graduating from St Andrews University with an MA (Hons) in Management Studies and International Relations in 1989 I entered the reinsurance market with the niche firm, Greig Fester, renowned for its training and technical excellence. There I gained my ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute) in 1994, and was fortunate to specialise in the relatively glamorous world of Treaty Reinsurance.

In May 1997 I joined Hiscox, and through a mix of good luck and good timing was instrumental in growing the non-marine treaty portfolio from less than £20m to more than £250m.  This growth was under-pinned by meaningful investment in risk and portfolio modelling tools, and some smart people who knew how to use them. In 2001 I became manager of Hiscox’s Global Markets Reinsurance Division, and was instrumental in the creation of Hiscox Re in Bermuda in 2005.  I was fortunate to preside over a longer period of continued growth and profitability for the reinsurance account, and gradually became more involved with broader Syndicate strategy. In 2009 I was made Managing Director of the newly formed Hiscox London Market Division, responsible for all of the Syndicate’s London Market insurance and reinsurance underwriting, and named as Active Underwriter of Syndicate 33.  Specialty insurance lines included Property, Terrorism, Marine Hull/War/Liability/Energy, Personal Accident, Kidnap and Ransom, Political Risk, D&O, E&O, Fine Art, Aviation and Space. Whilst I also remained head of Hiscox’s London Market Reinsurance Division much more of my time was spent on planning and day-to-day management of the almost £1bn insurance portfolio and its 200 staff, of whom around 65 were underwriters.

After more than 20 years working in the Lloyd’s market I took an extended sabbatical from the (re-)insurance world in 2013. I enjoyed some wonderful time pursuing personal interests, and getting stuck into family life, as well as acquiring a Graduate Diploma in Law.  In late 2016 I was delighted to be a Founding Investor in Kinsu, sharing with Founder and CEO Chris Sharpe a conviction that there was room for a more human kind of insurance, people-powered and with community at its heart.

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Bretton Putter

Founder

CultureGene

Bretton Putter is the founder & CEO of CultureGene, a company culture consultancy helping early stage and high-growth technology companies to prepare for and execute at rapid scale. Prior to founding CultureGene, Bretton spent 16 years as the Managing Partner of a leading executive search firm where he successfully helped over 400 startup and high-growth companies expand their senior management teams in the UK, across the EU and US. Bretton is publishing two book in 2018, Culture Decks Decoded and The Culture Gene: Leadership and Culture Development Lessons from High-growth Companies. Bretton is a member of the board of co-working space provider Runway East and is an investor in Seedcamp funds I,II, II & IV. 

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Charmian Love

Chair and Co-Founder

B Lab UK

Charmian co-founded Volans, a change agency, in 2008 with John Elkington and Pamela Hartigan. Volans was the second UK company to certify as a B Corp – and in 2015 she went on to start B Lab UK with fellow entrepreneur, James Perry, where she continues to support the growth of the global B Corp movement. In addition to her role as Chair of B Lab UK, Charmian also sits the board of B Team UK, is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Council at the ICAEW (because she also believes that accountants will save the world) and recently joined LWARB’s Investment Committee.

In her new role as Entrepreneur in Residence and Special Advisor to the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Charmian is focused on creating spaces for students interested in using new tools and business models to solve the world’s most complex challenges. She is also guiding the development of the newly launched Circular Economy Lab and will be teaching an MBA class on this subject this spring. 

Over her career, Charmian has been a Special Advisor for many leading organisations including Grant Thornton and Bridges Ventures and has had the pleasure of working with leadership teams from corporations including Nike, Allianz and HP as they’ve developed new social innovation, partnership and investment strategies.

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John Rowlands

Insurance Lead

Flock Cover

Having started his career as a Chartered Accountant, John spent the last decade in insurance-focused corporate, initially at Aon Benfield and latterly at Guy Carpenter, with a focus on M&A, capital-raising, insurtech and innovation. At Flock, John is utilising this industry expertise as Flock’s Insurance Lead, with responsibility for geographic expansion and taking the Flock platform into new business verticals.

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James York

Founder

Worry+Peace

Insurance geek, maker of Worry+Peace - the 21st-century insurance broker. 

A Jack Of All Trades and Master of Ideas, if there's a mistake to make then i've probably dabbled with it and survived. Could that help you?

My core business is fun, varied and balanced. It's also involved lots of hard work, patience and an eye for iteration. 

From insurance + e-commerce to content, I have a wide and varied set of interests. My true passion lies in public speaking, blogging, networking, ideation and innovation. 

As for my skill set, that includes: Concept Genesis, Business Development, Intermediate Graphic Design, Content Brokering + Copywriting, Presenting + Networking, Product Management (Insurance + Digital). 

I would love to hear your stories, connect and let's see where we can work together.

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Paul Anderson

Consultant

Azimuth Insights and Co-Founder, Guevara

Australian interloper and reformed banker, Paul was Co-Founder of peer-to-peer car insurance platform Guevara - fulfilling a lifelong dream of becoming an insurance salesman.  Having won Wired Money's startup competition, and building the business for nearly five years, Guevara’s journey ended in 2017. Paul then began consulting to insurance startups and stalwarts, continuing to help build insurance products for the digital age.