Roger Bickmore

On the market trends, news events and technology shifts shaping the underwriting & distribution of insurance. Opinions expressed here are all my own.


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    Let’s be honest here…

    October 18, 2018 by

    I’m rarely flabbergasted reading the industry trade press these days. After so many years in the business, insurance news doesn’t quite float my boat in the same way as it used to. However, Mark Geoghegan’s post this week in Insurance Insider, “Unspeakable Truths” stirred me right out of a post summer stupor. As most will be aware Mark is a seasoned commentator on the London …

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    Deeds Not Words

    July 23, 2018 by

    I recently hosted an industry table at a charity dinner. As always choosing the guests was one of those chores underlining just how few senior women there are in the market. It is utter misery to be surrounded by all or mostly blokes at these events, never mind the lousy message it sends about insurance to the other diners from more progressive parts of the …

  • On Digital Transformation

    March 12, 2015 by

    Prompted by an invitation from the organizers of the Multaqa insurance conference to join a business leaders’ roundtable earlier this week in Qatar, a couple of frantic hours reading up on the subject of our discussion, the digital transformation of the insurance industry, turned out to be time very well spent. Of little surprise was […]

  • On Victims of Love

    February 3, 2015 by

    Love is seemingly in the air in 2015 with the engagement of Axis to Partner Re recently announced hot on the heels of the betrothal of Catlin to XL. Guessing who will be next up the aisle is the favourite game in the coffee shops and wine bars of the London Market. Few doubt that […]

  • On Diversity and Inclusion in the Insurance Industry

    December 9, 2014 by

    Over the course of this year, a number of organisations in the London insurance market have publically committed to Lloyd’s Diversity and Inclusion Charter.

  • On Wholesalers Endangered

    November 11, 2014 by

    The increasing dominance of the global brokers and the economic leverage that this provides is a strategic challenge for all insurers dependent upon them for significant premiums flows.

  • On Insurance Fat Cats

    August 7, 2014 by

    Eye-watering as ever the recent annual survey of executive remuneration revealed, in the words of its publisher Insurance Insider, that our leaders “are some of the best rewarded captains of industry, beating averages within commercial banking and almost on par with the petroleum industry”. Indeed the top fifty highest paid insurance bosses in 2013 pulled […]

  • On thanking the Regulator…really

    July 14, 2014 by

    Since the financial crisis in 2008, the insurance industry has seemed transfixed, even paralysed at times by regulation-anxiety. The dash to introduce Solvency II; an expensive sprint to a finish-line, ultimately stretched by the EU rule makers, led to some rancorous exchanges between insurance leaders and those setting the policy as the full implications of […]

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    On Innovation in the Workplace

    May 12, 2014 by

    With a little help from Brad Pitt on the way, arguably it was Michael Lewis who first introduced ‘big data’ into the public consciousness with the publication of his book Moneyball more than a decade ago. His account of how a baseball club assembled a competitive and ultimately successful team despite its weak financial situation revealed to a global audience the power of analytical, evidence-based metric approaches in developing winning strategies.

  • On Hostile Takeovers

    April 28, 2014 by

    Hostile takeover bids are comparatively rare and according to the Financial Times the number has fallen to a decade-low, representing under 5% of all M&A activity. The majority of them also fail.