Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE, DL

6 June, 15.00 - 15.45


Britain’s best known Paralympian, Tanni amassed 11 gold medals in five consecutive Games. She also won six London Marathons and achieved a total of 34 world records. Since retiring from competitive sport Tanni has taken an active role in the Lords, particularly on campaigns and legislation around disability. She believes that disabled people still face barriers that need to be removed, and calls for more genuine engagement rather than political rhetoric: “Public perceptions are changing.

In 2005 she became ‘Dame’ Tanni Grey-Thompson for her services to sport. In March 2010, Tanni was created a life peer and was conferred as Baroness Grey-Thompson, of Eaglescliffe in the County of Durham. 

Fireside Chat with Ugo Monye and Nathan Hines (former rugby stars) interviewed by Jill Douglas, Sponsored by Gallagher

7 June, 09.30 - 10.15


As our economies and societies have become larger and more complex, so have the risks they face. Correspondingly, this makes the approach to risk reduction and mitigation, and the overall effort toward creating more resilient societies a greater challenge. Whereas the effort should be towards cooperation and collaboration in the face of risk, however, often the corporate response is independence and resistance; especially in terms of the sharing of information, data and strategic insights which could be used for mutual benefit.

As we face down potentially systemic risks, such as climate change, digital transformation and geopolitical drift, should organisations begin taking a page out of the sporting world, where the success of the team or of the league itself, is put ahead of the individual? In a team, no one person it is said can be bigger than the club or country they represent. Likewise, in a team some players recognise their vital role as squad rather than a star player, when working toward a common goal. How organisations embed this within their culture and ethos, while still maintaining comparative and competitive advantage within a free market, will be a major influence on the future.

Join this fireside chat with Rugby legends Ugo Monye and Nathan Hines, interviewed by Jill Douglas, all who are Gallagher Ambassadors.

The world is heading for a perfect storm. An audience with Sir Richard Shirreff, supported by QBE

8 June, 14.15 - 14.45


The world has changed.

Sir Richard Shirreff, is the former Deputy Supreme Commander Europe for NATO, and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of the risk and strategic consulting firm Strategia Worldwide.

Taking a high level overview, Sir Richard will trace the roots of the current crisis from Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008, through the seizure of Crimea in 2014, and to February 24 this year when the most recent tragedy in Ukraine began.

It is his view that we haven’t begun to think about preparing for the worst as NATO countries face the implications of Russia’s actions. Whilst none of us know what Ukraine might look like, nor what Russia’s intentions will be, in 5 years’ time, our political leaders have yet to grapple with the full implications of ensuring that a hot war in Ukraine does not become a hot war engulfing NATO.

He will consider how organisations, like governments, must link risk and strategy, and why risk professionals need to be properly informed about geopolitical risks and their implications if they truly wish to build resiliency. Sir Richard will draw on his military and business strategy experience to explain how risk professionals can help their C-Suite and Board to address where their organisation stands, whether they are in danger, and what interventions they might take.

Sir Richard Shirreff was born in Kenya where he spent his early years. After graduating from Oxford, he served in the British Army for 37 years commanding soldiers on operations or in combat at every level from platoon to division and rising to the highest rank before retiring from the Army as NATO’s Deputy Supreme Commander Europe. He has extensive experience of building unity of effort with different nations, governments, the humanitarian and developmental community together with a wide variety of other stakeholders in order to resolve complex problems.

First hand understanding of the challenges of decision making under extreme political and media pressure, and a proven record of leading dynamic change management make him well placed to support corporate leaders in the design and execution of strategy to manage complex risks.

Richard is co-Founder and Managing Partner of Strategia Worldwide.

In 2016 his novel ‘2017: War with Russia’ was published in the UK, USA and Poland. It became a best seller and has been translated into eight languages.

He is an honorary Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.