2019 Agenda





Registration and Coffee in the Pre-Function Area


P&I Club Breakfast Briefing: Trends, Threats & Opportunities


This panel will discuss the key changes in the P&I club world and which of these developments may be viewed not as isolated events, but rather as part of broader emerging trends in today’s Offshore Oil and Gas insurance sector. The panel will also discuss how these identified trends present challenges, opportunities or both to the market from the perspective of the club and the member. The panel will look at the strategies to use to either confront or take advantage of these trends. Also being discussed are how renewables will impact the oil and gas sector. 

Moderator: Adrian Ladbury, Editorial Director, Commercial Risk Europe

Christofer Kobro, Senior Vice President, Head of Offshore, Skuld

Ben Abrahams, Global Head of Marine, Willis Tower Watson

Magne Nilssen, Chief Underwriting Officer – Specialty, Gard AS


Welcome Address: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events


Opening Keynote: Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director, U.K Oil & Gas

Mike Tholen, Upstream Policy Director OGUK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry, will give insight into how industry is supporting the UK’s move to a net-zero future and the challenges and opportunities presented by Carbon Capture Usage and Storage for industry’s supply chain.


Keynote Address: Christopher Guith, Acting President, U.S Chamber of Commerce, Global Energy Institute

Global Energy Overview: How are quickly shifting policies and operations affecting global energy markets? Innovation and technology have transformed where and how energy is produced, as well as how it is used. Concurrently, concerns about climate change are also shaping the policies in which the energy industry operates. This keynote will discuss what these dynamic variables mean and how will they impact the energy industry.


Panel Discussion: Broking, Underwriting and Claims for the Future

In an ever-changing environment, how can the market meet the needs of clients and shareholders alike? This panel of seasoned experts will give their assessment of how the sector will meet these requirements.

Moderator: Angela Flaherty, Partner, Clyde & Co

James Straker-Nesbit, Senior Technical Executive, Lloyd’s Market Association

James Mcdonald, Global Head of Marine and Energy, Talbot Underwriting

Nick Jay, Deputy Head of Global Marine & Energy, Guy Carpenter

Paul Braddock, Head of Upstream, Willis Towers Watson


Coffee Break and Networking


Panel Discussion: What Does the Future Hold for the Next Generation of Experts?

Hear members of the Under 35’s Energy Club discuss how they are finding current market conditions, how they have adapted to improve in their roles and where they see the future of the market.

Moderator: James Livett, Associate Director, Liiba

Jake Hannath, Adjuster, Matthews Daniel

Alex Otoka, Deputy Class Underwriter, Chaucer

Gary Walkling, Senior Associate, RPC

Joshua Cantwell, Energy Class Underwriter, Talbot


Keynote Address: Alan Gelder, VP Refining, Chemicals & Oil Markets, Wood Mackenzie, a Verisk Business

Energy market transition – key aspects and implications. 
With energy demand ever rising, fossil fuels continue to have a significant role despite renewables being the fastest growing source of supply. This keynote will discuss the key aspects and implications of electrification in transport and power sectors and the difficulty in decarbonisation.


Lunch and Networking


Panel Discussion: How the Rapid Development of New Technologies in the Oil and Gas Sector is Creating a New Risk Environment for Insurers

With the plunge in oil and gas prices, companies have invested heavily in their research and development departments in order to ensure their survival. With the adoption of new technologies come new risks. This panel will discuss how the market is dealing with these unknowns.

Moderator: James Livett, Associate Director, Liiba

Thomas Upton, Energy Claims Manager, Markel International

John Swann, Underwriter, Upstream, CNA/Hardy

Joe Brennan, Senior Consultant, INDECS


Keynote Address: Alistair de Villiers, CEO, Noria Digital

How to succeed in digital transformation ?

Over the next five years digitalisation will fundamentally disrupt Energy insurance. This key note on digital transformation will look at success cases, best practice on design, digital strategy and agile delivery to improve the customer experience, bottom line, time to market and competitive advantage.


Coffee Break and Networking


Panel Discussion: Placing Business in the London Market

What do current risk experts think of the current state of play when it comes to doing business with the London market? Are there any pain points? An invaluable chance to hear clear, honest actionable feedback straight from energy insurance buyers.

Moderator: Adrian Ladbury, Editorial Director, Commercial Risk Europe

Rosalia Charitos, Risk and Insurance Manager, INEOS Oil & Gas

John Prowting, Risk Manager, Chevron

Nick Coffey, Director, INDECS Insurance Consultants


Panel Discussion: Dismantling Offshore Structures – Allocation of Contractual Risks and Liabilities

A steady decline in crude oil prices and an increasing number of maturing oil & gas fields is projected to drive significant growth of the global offshore decommissioning market. In the North Sea alone 2,379 wells are expected to be decommissioned in the next 10 years at an estimated cost in excess of £15 billion. Plugging and abandonment work will account for the largest share of this cost, but in many jurisdictions topsides, substructures and pipelines will also need to be dismantled and removed by specialist marine contractors. The highly technical task of safely dismantling offshore structures requires a clear and fair allocation of contractual risks and responsibilities. BIMCO has developed a new standard knock for knock contract for decommissioning projects, called DISMANTLECON, which can be adapted for use in different jurisdictions. This session will provide a brief overview of the offshore decommissioning market and introduce the key features of DISMANTLECON from a marine insurance and P&I perspective.

Moderator: Tim Hassinger, Director, Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith

Jim Clark, Marine Manager, Matthews Daniel

Max Oppenheim, Senior Vice President, Marsh JLT Specialty

Grant Hunter, Head of Contracts and Clauses, BIMCO

Ursula O’Donnell, Divisional Director Claims, The Standard Club


Closing Remarks: Daniel Creasey, Managing Director, Cannon Events




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