The CEO of risk management association Airmic has said the organisation has reluctantly cancelled its annual conference having looked at every possible scenario in the face of the growing pandemic.
Airmic joins Biba in cancelling their flagship event in June with CEO John Ludlow (pic) saying that while the conference has been scrapped the association was still operating albeit remotely.
“I think we can all agree that it has been a surreal start to the year considering developments associated with the rapid spread of the Covid-19 illness,” he said. “Airmic is open for business as the virtual association for risk and insurance professionals. We will continue to offer support to our members and partners during these uncertain times, ensuring that what we do is appropriate and relevant.”
Looking to the months ahead he added: “As we worked through our risk management process and considered different scenarios, it became clear that we need to stop the planning for our June annual conference in Edinburgh because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have taken this decision reluctantly. Our focus has to remain on the well-being of the risk community and an awareness of our wider responsibility to support the fight against the virus – health and safety remains our priority.
“We know that the conference is a highlight of the risk management calendar and appreciate how much time and effort has already been invested by our members, partners, exhibitors, the Airmic team and the many other people involved in the conference planning. We would like to thank everyone for their support and hard work.”
He pledged that the organisation would continue to support its members in the weeks and months to come.
“These exceptional circumstances have highlighted the value of intelligent risk management, and Airmic has transformed itself into a virtual association in order that we can continue to support members and stakeholders through our education, training and technical output,” he added. “If there are opportunities to hold networking events including the ERM Forum and the Annual Dinner later in the year, then we will. However, a large conference which takes months to organise is highly unlikely to occur this year.”