Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG, OBE

Sir Richard served as Chief (known as ‘C’) of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also known as MI6, from August 1999 until his retirement in July 2004. He was a spy master for thirty-eight years and served in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington as well as in a number of key London-based posts.

Sir Richard was elected the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 2004. Pembroke College, founded in 1347 is the University’s third oldest College. During Sir Richard’s eleven-year tenure the College was notably successful.
He is now Chair of Trustees of the University of London, a trustee of Kent School, Connecticut, Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, adviser to several international companies, Chairman of Ascot Underwriting and a Director of Kosmos Energy.

He is married to Rosalind, Lady Dearlove. They have two sons and a daughter.

Cally Beaton

Cally Beaton is a media executive, entrepreneur and performer. At the start of her career she headed an independent television production company that was bought by ITV. She joined the board of the UK’s main commercial broadcaster as the youngest and only woman member (and for a while sat alongside David Cameron). She left ITV to start a creative consultancy and production company as well as joining Viacom as Senior Vice President of International Sales.

At Viacom, Cally oversaw a £500million budget for channels including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount and including programmes from South Park to Friends, Russell Howard’s Good News to SpongeBob SquarePants. Responsible for selling programmes and formats around the world she combined working with on-screen and production talent with business planning and strategy, bridging the divide between creative and financial priorities.

It was working on Comedy Central that saw Cally develop her other life as a standup comedian. Despite joining the circuit after already establishing an impressive corporate career, the move has seen her perform at clubs around the country, front her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe, and appear as a guest on QI and on Radio 4’s The Museum of Curiosity.

Bringing humour and energy to her business insight, Cally considers the nature of the workplace and leadership culture. She looks at how to engender change, inspire teams and develop a positive, agile and inclusive environment. She also tackles the working priorities and expectations of the so-called millennial generation, and reveals how to be creative whilst keeping on eye on the bottom line. Her personality, love of performance and business knowledge has also seen her coach and train senior figures from a range of industries.

David Cooper

Group Executive Director – Cooper Bros

David Cooper began his professional career as a loss adjuster at Cooper Bros in 1979. The firm’s focus is on South America, with headquarters in Argentina and offices in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru and Uruguay.

David is a licensed adjuster in Argentina, and is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

He started his career handling Marine and Aviation claims, but for many years has been primarily focused on large complex Property and Onshore Energy losses, both Construction and Operational.

He has experience in adjusting and supervising multi-million-dollar losses in a wide variety of industries, including: petrochemical, power generation, mining, steel, ports, railway, cement, telecom, foodstuffs, pharmaceutical and retail.

He is often instructed by international reinsurers to troubleshoot “problem” losses and, in this capacity, travels extensively throughout Latin America where he has handled some of the largest high-profile losses in the region.

Marcelo Fazio

Managing Director of Latin American Operations – MDD

Marcelo joined MDD Forensic Accountants’ London, England office in 2000. He is the firm’s Managing Director of Latin American Operations, based out of Miami.

An economic damage quantification specialist – and fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and German – Marcelo has worked on assignments across Europe, North America, Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean.

He has experience in virtually every aspect of forensic accounting. Most notably, he has a wealth of experience with catastrophe services area, including assignments quantifying business interruption losses resulting from hurricanes Isidore, Kenna, Fabian, Ivan, Katrina, Emily, Wilma, Harvey, Maria and Irma, as well as the Chilean earthquake and various floods and landslides across Latin America.

Marcelo has worked on a number of litigation and specialty-line cases in Latin America, including surety, fraud, breach of contract and shareholders disputes. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in handling contingent business interruption, delay in startup and advanced loss of profits assignments.

Marcelo has had extensive exposure to numerous industries including, but not limited to: steel and basic metals, mining, construction, energy and utilities, oil refining and petrochemical, agribusiness, electronic manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, hotel and entertainment, retail and wholesale, professional services, transportation and warehousing, and food processing.

He has given numerous industry presentations, seminars and workshops in the U.S., UK, Germany, Switzerland, Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil.

Marcelo graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in Economics. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Lindsay Nickle

Partner, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith

Lindsay Nickle is a partner in the Dallas office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice. She helps clients by overseeing the process of investigating data security events and interpreting the myriad state and federal laws governing data breach response. Lindsay also guides clients through regulatory investigations arising from data security incidents. In her role as a breach coach, Lindsay assists her clients with navigating the complex process of responding to the loss, theft or compromise of protected information. Past clients include educational institutions, insurance companies, health care providers, accountants, retail merchants, hotels, restaurants, utilities, and governmental entities. Lindsay has acquired focused, specific, and relevant experience with the standards and issues unique to the payment card industry and routinely provides guidance and advice regarding regulatory compliance within the financial industry.

In addition, Lindsay assists clients with developing and implementing risk management processes and data security measures related to the receipt and use of confidential, private, and highly sensitive data. She helps clients develop data security programs and draft or refine incident response plans and information governance policies and procedures. She also assists clients by facilitating data security training and tabletop exercises.

Walid Al Saqqaf


Walid started off in the corporate world at Barclays Corporate Banking in 1998 before eventually moving on and creating 5 startups of which one had a successful acquisition. He has spent the last 2 and a half years as a consultant in the Fintech industry. Since September 2016, he has been working at Beazley as their contract in-house entrepreneur and blockchain evangelist.

He is also a proud father of 2 amazing daughters!

Louise van der Valk

Claims Manager, Thompson Heath Bond

Louise joined THB in 2007 and as Claims Manager is responsible for overseeing the Direct and Facultative losses emanating from the Worldwide Property division. Louise has handled many large complex Open Market, Binding Authority and Reinsurance losses in various territories including North America, Latin America, Caribbean, United Arab Emirates as well as Mining losses in Poland. Louise is a previous Chair of the LMA LIIBA U35 Claims Committee

Alfie Conetta

Chief Product Office, McKenzie Intelligence Services

Michael Cook


Charles Glaisher

Head of Claims, Faraday

Charles joined Faraday (then known as D.P.Mann) in 1994 as Property Claims Manager. He became Head of Claims for the Syndicate and Faraday Reinsurance Co, Ltd in 2004. He is a former chair of the LMA Property Insurance Claims Group. Prior to Faraday, Charles was an Associated Director of Sturge Syndicate 210.

Mike Gillett

Chief Claims Officer, Liberty Specialty Markets

Ken Erickson