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2022 Unimutual Conference

Disruption – The Creator of Opportunities

Unimutual’s Annual Conference 2022 was held virtually on Thursday and Friday the 17th and 18th of March.

Due to the current Covid-19 case numbers, we’ve had to make some changes to this year’s Annual Conference. In the interests of everyone’s health and safety, we’ve decided to convert the conference to a virtual event and the dates have been updated to the 17th and 18th of March from 12:30pm – 4:30pm each day (AEDT). There will also be a networking opportunity for you to join at the end of each day.

This year’s theme ‘Disruption – Creator of Opportunities’, is very fitting as we overcome new challenges related to the pandemic. While we didn’t welcome its arrival, it has fast-tracked our evolution, which in hindsight we can be thankful for.

A big thank you to each of our guest speakers and moderators (listed below) who presented incredibly interesting and engaging sessions. The two days were packed with innovative concepts and strategies for how we can best use ‘#disruption‘ to build a better future for the higher education sector and society.

Unimutual is grateful to have been joined by so many of our Members and industry professionals for yet another year. We look forward to seeing you all again next year.


One of Australia’s most respected media personalities and radio hosts, James O’Loghlin, was conference MC. James is best known for hosting The New Inventors on ABC TV, and he is also the author of seven books including ‘Innovation is a State of Mind – Simple Strategies to be more Innovative in what you do’.

James’ experience in change and innovation sees him well placed to take our attendees through a program focusing on how we can use disruption to build a better future – for the higher education sector and for society.

You can view the Conference program below and follow the link to re-watch each of the presentations:

Thursday 17 March 2022

12:30pm Welcome Andrew Kearnan, Chairman, Unimutual Limited
12:40pm Keynote Address Professor Alex Zelinsky, Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle
1:20pm CEO Report and Strategy 2022 Terry Ibbotson, Managing Director & Acting CEO Unimutual Ltd
2:00pm Break
2:10pm Retail Broker Panel Discussion

Participating Retail Broker Delegates from:
Aon – Robert Lamont
Gallagher – Angela Vella
Marsh – Barry Bernasconi
Unimutual – Peter Klemt (moderator)

2:55pm Interview with Harry Rosenthal: What I Got Wrong in  Pandemic Planning Harry Rosenthal and Simon Iliffe (Unimutual Risk Manager)
3:35pm Break
3:45pm The Modern Slavery Act: Leading beyond Compliance Sarah Morse, Founder and Director of social impact organisation, Unchained
4:30pm Networking & Opportunity to meet the speakers

Friday 18 March 2022

12:30pm Technologies to Change the World Dr Bruce McCabe, Futurist
1:20pm Future of Higher Education Associate Professor Jonathan Boymal, Program Director, Head of Teaching and Learning, College of Business and Law, RMIT University
2:00pm Break
2:10pm The University of Queensland’s ‘Gensumer’ initiative – the future of energy? Andrew Wilson, Director Infrastructure & Projects Group, KPMG
2:50pm Cyber Discussion Panel

“Getting Insurance-Ready”

Richard Head, Headsure (Moderator)
Raymond Loh, AXA
Paul Byrne, Crowdstrike
Chris McLaughlin, Clyde & Co

3:40pm Break
3:50pm Overcoming Crisis Through Innovation James O’Loghlin, Television and radio host, author and innovation expert

Networking & Opportunity to meet the speakers



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