General representative in Australia
LLOYD’S OF LONDON
His ﬁ rst 12 months as Lloyd’s Australian chief have been hectic. But 2016 is likely to be even bigger for Chris Mackinnon and the local offi ce of the world’s oldest specialty insurance market. In late-March, Lloyd’s will be co-locating with Talbot Underwriting, Argenta and Ironshore Australia in new premises, which will feature a trading ﬂ oor environment designed for face-to-face meetings between brokers and Lloyd’s syndicate underwriters. Mackinnon says the move to new premises will also facilitate more thought lead-ership presentations and seminars around work that Lloyd’s is undertaking, those events to be housed in Lloyd’s very own town hall space. Following the opening of the premises and observ-ing how well the Lloyd’s community in Australia embraces the new environment will be inter-esting. It’s a concept that’s worked well in London for over 300 years and, more recently, has been well-received by the Lloyd’s community in Singapore. Will Lloyd’s soon ﬁ nd its new Aus-tralian premises similarly well-utilised?