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Compass Conference 2018 ploughs on!

It takes a lot to stop Compass members and our partners in their tracks!

Despite the worst, the Beast from the East could throw at us, once again the Compass Conference proved to be a huge draw. Members from across the UK battled the elements to attend one of the industry’s leading events. Over 300 hardy souls made huge efforts to get to Whittlebury to join the Compass team and many of our key partners.

Our theme for 2018 was Believe | Achieve | Succeed and saw leaders from our industry and beyond present on the current state of the industry but, perhaps more importantly, each looked forward highlighting innovation and the need to prepare for future trends.

The conference kicked off with an engaging presentation from “futurist”, Charlie Curzon. Charlie looked forward to 2025. His insight, gathered from over 120 workshops and projects carried out around the world, previewed the demographic, technological and political drivers that will affect our futures. Continuing the theme of “future-gazing” it is always interesting to hear how insurers are facing up to the challenges ahead and Simon McGinn, General Manager, Allianz Insurance plc, talked about our changing world and the need to run towards our digital future.

The message from Simon McGinn was  “Don’t be caught swimming without your trunks when the tide goes out!!!”

Member Survey

Early in 2018, we launched our first insurer survey. The response from members was fantastic and Mark Fisher, MD of Compass London Markets presented the results during the afternoon session. Understandably, our insurer partners are keen to understand the results and we will be discussing their performance with them over the coming months to help improve the service they give to you, our members.

Compass London Markets

In his usual inimitable style, Matthew Clatworthy provided an update on life in London and outlined some of the successes the CLM team have helped facilitate for members If you don’t already do so, we recommend that you follow Matt’s Quote of the Week on social media. It provides an excellent insight in to the capability of the Compass London Markets team and shows how they “make the difficult easy” every day.

Adding Value

Scott Bennett rounded off the Compass presentations by sharing details of the work that we have been involved in to understand more about our member's books of business and how we can help create more value with our insurer partners.

By understanding your placement strategies and the size of the opportunity that sits outside of the current panel, Scott can talk to partners about creating products and solutions that will help drive growth in your businesses. We already have 3 insurers offering new and exclusive products for members. Watch this space for more details!

Keynote speaker

Our keynote speaker this year was Rory Mackenzie, a truly remarkable man. Born in South Africa, Rory served in the British Army as a Combat Medical Technician for nine years. However, in 2007 Rory was victim to a roadside bomb; the device killed a fellow soldier and forced the amputation of Rory’s right leg. Despite initially falling into a cycle of decline, with weeks of operations and a loss of hope, Rory, with the support of his family, started to show signs of recovery. After a further 7 months at Headley Court, including many hours in the prosthetics department, Rory made a complete physical recovery.

His tale is one of courage and determination that left everyone in the audience uplifted and inspired. Rory’s humility is a lesson to us all and shows what can be achieved if we adopt the right mental approach and positive outlook on life.


The conference ended with our usual awards ceremony. Congratulations go to all our winners.


Business Partner of the year 2017

Sponsored by Compass

Winner- Allianz

Compliance Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by RWA

Winner- d2 Corporate

Solutions Ltd


Personal Lines Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by Aviva

Winner- Middleton Insurance 

Services Ltd 


Commercial Lines Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by Allianz

Winner- Vista Insurance 

Brokers Ltd


London Market  Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by Beazley

Winner- Bollington Insurance

Brokers Ltd 


Networks Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by LV Broker

Winner - C&C Insurance 

Brokers Ltd 

Marketing Broker of the year 2017

Sponsored by Compass Marketing Services

Winner- Ashby Wray & Partners Ltd 


Finally, after a long and successful day of networking it was time to relax and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment.

Over 220 delegates attended the gala dinner and were treated to some fabulous entertainment provided by Asteria, an electric string quartet comprised of four elegant, glamorous girls who really got things off to a lively start. The feature act for the evening was British comedian, ventriloquist and Americas Got Talent winner, Paul Zerdin.

With a mix of puppets and improvisation, Paul provided us with a performance which left the audience laughing uncontrollably, particularly when he picked his main victim for the night! Step forward Matt Clatworthy (or as he is now known, “Tracy”)! The routine will live long in the memory and provided the perfect round off to another successful Compass conference.

We’ll be back to Whittlebury next year from 6th– 8th March 2019. Get the dates in your diary and come and be part of one of the leading events in the insurance calendar.



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