The Underwriting Agencies Council is hosting an Auckland Seminar and Expo on Thursday 11 May 2017.

Brokers are invited to attend both. There is no cost and CPD points are available from ANZIIF and IBANZ.

The event, at the Crowne Plaza, 128 Albert Street, Auckland, starts at 2pm with a seminar presented by Paul Ash, Director, National Cyber Policy Office, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He will speak on why cyber security matters to New Zealand, the NZ Government’s approach, and how the insurance industry can assist.

The Expo, at which UAC members will highlight their specialist products and services to NZ brokers, follows the seminar from 3.30pm to 6.30pm (drinks and canapés will be served during the Expo).

UAC General Manager William Legge said Mr Ash was asked to repeat a presentation he gave at UAC’s inaugural Christchurch Seminar & Expo last August because it was very popular with brokers and UAC members alike.

NZ’s National Cyber Policy Office (NCPO) leads and coordinates development and implementation of the nation’s cyber security policy. Mr Ash has led NCPO since it was established in July 2012.

Before that, he was a career diplomat, most recently serving as Deputy Head of Mission in Brussels from 2008 to 2012. He was previously Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (MFAT) International Security and Disarmament Division. Mr Ash has worked overseas in Honiara, Beijing and Taipei and for MFAT’s Pacific; United Nations & Human Rights; and Development divisions in Wellington, NZ.

Mr Legge said the combined seminar and expo was a perfect opportunity for UAC member agencies to showcase their products and services to NZ brokers and concurrently provide an opportunity for professional development for brokers and agency staff.

“This is a great chance for our NZ-based members to interact directly with brokers, and several Australian-based members will also exhibit,” he said.

“We expect to see a large turnout of brokers to this combined seminar and expo.”