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2022 Annual Conference
The 2022 conference will take place September 25 - 27 at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport in 
Boston, Massachusetts.  Check back as further details become available.

Additional Conference Details
Speaker presentations are given on subjects of current interest, including insurance, law, governmental activity, and aviation and aerospace technology. In the past, speakers have included the CEO of Lloyd's, Administrators of the FAA, NASA Astronauts, United States District Court Judges, United States Legislators, as well as experts in the aerospace industry.  An important feature of this conference includes the participation of the program's lead underwriters, who are available for private consultations with insureds and potential insureds, together with their brokers.

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ABC 2022 Annual Conference Speakers

We are delighted to welcome the following speakers to the ABC conference. This year's presenters range from industry leaders and respected aviation safety authorities to high profile risk analysts and engineering experts.

J. Patrick Gallagher, Jr., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Mr. Gallagher joined Gallagher in 1974 as a Production Account Executive. In 1985, he became Vice President-Operations, and he was appointed to the company’s Board of Directors the following year. In 1990, Mr. Gallagher became President and Chief Operating Officer. In 1995, the Board appointed him Chief Executive Officer and in 2006 he was named Chairman of the Board.

In addition to his leadership roles within the company, Mr. Gallagher is active in numerous industry and charitable organizations. He joined the Board of Trustees of the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters in 2003, and is a member of the Board of Founding Directors of the International Insurance Foundation. Mr. Gallagher also serves as Laureate for the 2018 Katie School Hall of Fame, an event held to raise industry awareness and provide financial support for the Katie School of Insurance at Illinois State University. In January 2021 he became a board member for the Northwestern Memorial Foundation in Chicago.  In addition, he is a member of the Advisory Council of Boys Hope/Girls Hope and of the Board of Advisors for Catholic Charities. Mr. Gallagher additionally is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, the Executives Club of Chicago and the Commercial Club of Chicago.

Anthony Lawrenson, Director of Business Development, 3UG Autonomous
Having completed a career in the Royal Air Force as a pilot and flying instructor, Anthony Lawrenson is currently a Boeing 777 Captain with a major European operator. Over the last two decades he has designed and delivered courses in human factors, organisational culture, legal command and leadership training. He completed his PhD at Cranfield University where he regularly lectures to the MSC courses in human factors and airline transport management. He is a founder and a director of 3UG Autonomous Systems, a tech-startup specialising in risk analytics for manned and unmanned aviation.

Anthony’s research field covers risk and culture management, human performance with particular focus on decision making. He has lectured and given presentations on issues of human performance, legal liability and organisational culture within the aerospace industry, the aviation insurance industry, the shipping industry, the military and the NHS. Since 2015, he has been developing and conducting specialised training programmes with UK Sport for elite sports coaches in preparation for international and Olympic competition. His clients include head coaches and performance directors in the FA, the RFU, English & Welsh Cricket, the LTA and British Swimming.

Mark Searle, Global Director, Safety, International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Mark Searle joined IATA, Montreal in 2019 where he leads IATA’s effort, on behalf of the global airline community, to continuously reduce aviation incidents and accidents.

Prior to joining IATA, Mark led the UK CAA Safety Strategy Department, with a specific focus on risk management, at both State and service provider level, for the safe integration of new and innovative technologies. Both roles followed a successful commercial flying career where Mark accumulated 12,000 flying hours.

During his long career in aviation, Mark has been Chair of BALPA, representing the interests of 10,000 pilots operating from the UK, and Chair of Flightcrew Risk Solutions PCC providing Loss of Licence insurance for the global pilot community.