Conference

Schedule

All conference sessions will be held in the Telford Theatre and the exhibition and catering will be held in the Great Hall.
All delegates and exhibitors are welcome to attend any or all of these presentations.

09.45 Registration and refreshments
10.20 Chairman’s address
Stuart Scullion, Executive Chairman, AMII
10.30 A session with Simon Jack
Simon Jack, BBC Business Editor

Amidst the uncertainty of Brexit and the ongoing challenges facing the UK, Business Editor Simon Jack will share his insight on the current situation, looking at the effects on the economy and the impact it may have on the business landscape.
11.20 Refreshments and networking in the exhibition
11.50 Cancer Care: Present and Future?
Professor Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics

In this session, Willie will discuss the latest developments in the cancer diagnostics field including his work identifying precise symptoms of cancer in the early stages to help limit incorrect testing. Learn about the rates of cancer incidence and the impact of this important diagnostic work on the financial sustainability in both the NHS and private sector.
12.40 Lunch and networking in the exhibition
13.45 2020 Vision – Planning for the new decade
Fergus Craig, Commercial Director, AXA PPP Healthcare
James Dalton, Director of General Insurance, Association of British Insurers
Iain McMillan, Director of Intermediary Distribution, Bupa
Nick Reynolds, Sales Director, Aviva Healthcare
Athos Rushovich, Director, Specialist Health Sales, Vitality

Following a decade defined by austerity, what can we expect in the 20’s? Executive Chairman, Stuart Scullion will question a panel of health insurance experts on what they think will be the big ticket developments across a number of topics, including artificial intelligence, mental health in the workplace and financial sustainability in the private sector and NHS.
14.45 Mental health and insurance, making the market work for the 1 in 4
Helen Undy, CEO, Money & Mental Health Policy Institute

Helen will share research from the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute about the experiences of people with mental health problems when accessing insurance. From difficult disclosures to exclusions and high premiums, the presentation will explore the challenges people currently experience, as well as practical solutions and the current policy landscape that’s influencing this debate.
15.20 Closing remarks
Stuart Scullion, Executive Chairman, AMII
15.30 Drinks reception in the exhibition
16.00 AMII Summit closes

Speakers

Simon Jack, BBC Business Editor

After time spent as a corporate and investment banker in London, New York and Bermuda, Simon joined the BBC’s Business and Economics unit. He reported for the Today programme and 5 Live’s Wake up to Money. He also presented business and financial podcasts for the Daily Telegraph. Simon became familiar to TV viewers when he covered the 2008 financial crisis for BBC News, the BBC News Channel and Working Lunch. He then replaced Declan Curry as the regular BBC Breakfast business news reporter, and has co-hosted the show as a stand in for Bill Turnbull.


Willie Hamilton, Professor of Primary Care Diagnostics

Willie Hamilton, CBE, MD, FRCP, FRCGP, is professor of primary care diagnostics at University of Exeter. The major part of his work is in cancer diagnostics in the symptomatic patient – the one sitting in the GP’s consulting room. He leads the DISCOVERY team, with staffing varying from 6-10, plus 8 PhD students, all supported by his grant awards. These grants total over £35m, including CRUK’s first Catalyst award.

He has over 250 publications, including the 2010 and 2015 overall Research Paper of the Year for studies on ovarian cancer and on the public appetite for cancer testing. He also was the cancer category winner in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. His recent paper, on the risk of cancer with thrombocytosis, was the most downloaded and read paper in 2017 in the BJGP.

He was clinical lead on the NICE guidance on suspected cancer, NG12, published in 2015. This governs around £1bn of annual NHS spending. One of his textbooks, ‘Cancer Diagnosis in Primary Care’ won a rather minor BMA award. He gets 50p royalties a copy, so encourages everyone to buy it.

He was awarded a CBE in the 2019 New Years’ Honours List for services to improving early cancer diagnosis.


Fergus Craig, Commercial Director, AXA PPP Healthcare

Fergus read economics and law at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He joined Royal Life Insurance in 1986 as a graduate trainee and joined AXA PPP healthcare’s strategic planning department in 1991. He became Commercial Director in 1996 and is responsible for ensuring the commercial viability of the products through pricing functions, provider management, medical services procurement and medical policy.


James Dalton, Director of General Insurance Policy, ABI

James Dalton is Director of General Insurance Policy at the ABI. James has responsibility for leading the ABI’s work on property, liability, health and motor insurance issues, including flooding policy, civil justice reform, tackling insurance fraud and the issues associated with legacy claims. James was previously the ABI’s Assistant Director, Head of Motor and Liability. Prior to joining the ABI in 2007, James was a Senior Adviser at the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development and acted as Private Secretary to the New Zealand Minister of Commerce.


Athos Rushovich, Director, Specialist Health Sales, Vitality

Athos joined Discovery in Johannesburg at the start of the Life Company in 2001. He was involved in building both the broker and agency business in South Africa before working in the UK business.

His initial role in the UK was establishing the Franchise distribution model for Vitality Life from 2008 – 2010. Athos returned to the UK business in 2015, and is currently the Director responsible for Specialist Health distribution as well as for Vitality Adviser.


Iain McMillan, Director of Intermediary Distribution, Bupa

Iain has worked in the PMI industry for the last 25 years and is a well-known figure in the market. He has been Director of Intermediary Distribution at Bupa Insurance UK for the last two years and is responsible for the consumer, SME & small corporate intermediated business segments.

Prior to joining Bupa, Iain carried out a number of senior roles in AXA PPP healthcare, where as well as managing and owning P&Ls for wholly owned subsidiary businesses such as The Health Insurance Group & AXA Health Services, he also carried out the roles of Intermediary Development Director and Director of SME. As a result, he is able to see things from both an insurer and broker perspective when required.


Nick Reynolds, Health and Wellbeing Sales Director, Aviva Healthcare

Nick joined Aviva in March 1991, previously he had been at Sun Alliance & Commercial Union since 1979, covering both personal lines & commercial insurance. Nick has a broad & deep understanding of the Health Risk & Wellbeing market, and also has a great deal of expertise in strategic partnerships, marketing, distribution strategy & relationship management.

Nick’s key responsibilities as Health & Wellbeing Sales Director are the delivery of sales & retention plans across Consumer, SME, & Corporate with a key focus on relationship management with IFA’s, GI intermediaries, health specialists and EBC’s. Nick has an in depth understanding and awareness of our markets, which supports his work driving the wider strategy of the Aviva Group & being the face of Aviva health in the market.

Nick is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute.


Helen Undy, Chief Executive, Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

Helen is Chief Executive of the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute, the research charity set up by Martin Lewis to better understand and tackle the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. Since its inception in 2016 the charity has become a leading voice on issues from debt to impulsive spending, mental health services, consumer protection and the potential for big data and open banking for vulnerable customers. Before becoming CEO, Helen led the charity’s communications and influencing work, leading to changes in the financial services industry, in policy and in the health system.

Helen previously led Mind’s policy and campaigns work on public mental health and social care as well as working for a number of different voluntary sector organisations and in Parliament.