Laura High - Yutree
I am one of the founding directors of Yutree Insurance Ltd, a broking and underwriting business in Newmarket, Suffolk. I am a board member of the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) and I am a qualified member of the Institute of Leadership and Management. I believe passionately in building strong, ethical and diverse businesses to secure the future of the insurance sector as a vibrant and attractive sector for people to work within, and one for us all to be proud of. I believe in the business case for inclusion and want to work hard to promote that business case to companies, large and small, within the insurance sector. The subject of diversity & inclusion is often seen as the bastion of the large corporates and I want to work hard to make the business case to all firms within the insurance sector for focusing on inclusion to the benefit of their people, their customers and their businesses. I am delighted to be asked to work with GIN who have created a powerful network with a huge opportunity to drive change in insurance.
Joe Kessler - Lloyd’s of London
I am Head of Business Transformation for Lloyd’s of London. Helping people and organizations transform and make a difference. Equality is paramount. Nobody wants to be excluded.
Prior to Lloyd’s, Joe had an independent consulting business, and held several senior executive roles for Zurich Insurance, based in both the US and Europe. Roles included Global Chief of Staff General Insurance and Head of Organizational Transformation, Global Head of Agents and Direct Business for Global Life, and CMO Global Life. Prior to Zurich, Joe held roles of CMO, Head of Distribution, and Customer Experience Director for Openwork, Farmers Insurance and Ohio StateLife. Joe has an MBA from California State University, a BA in Marketing from the Ohio State University, and executive education from Rutgers.
Maren Burrowes - RSA Group
I work for RSA as the UK Diversity & Inclusion lead; a role I’m really passionate about because there so much opportunity to make a difference; both within RSA and across the insurance industry via collaborative networks such as GIN. I am interested in driving the gender inclusion agenda, as we continue to make slow progress as an industry in this area which I believe needs to be tackled as a collective. I am an advocate of the GIN committee and all the amazing work they continue to do. I believe that ‘with vision and action you change the world.
Emily Fraser - RSA Group
I am truly passionate about inclusion and diversity and the powerful effect it has on team performance and business results. In addition to my day job as the Underwriting Effectiveness Director, I sit on RSA’s D&I Council, co-chair RSA Balance, a Gender Parity Employee Resource Group, and am an Ambassador for the Gender Inclusion Network. Having grown up with ADHD and dyslexia, I know only too well what accidental exclusion feels like but how, with only a few adjustments, it can be turned into active inclusion, which is why I believe initiatives such as GIN are so important for promoting a more positive and inclusive culture in the workplace and society at large.
Louisa Lombardo - Chubb
Being involved with GIN is a perfect complement to my day-job as Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Chubb. It’s fantastic to see the increased engagement around D&I over the past few years and I believe that collaboration across the insurance industry, through networks such as GIN, will play a vital role in driving change in gender balance and representation at a senior level. I have a background in recruitment and enjoy travelling and learning new languages.