Sabrina Pyneeandy (Co-Chair) - Aon
I am a Project Manager in the UK Change function at Aon. I believe that D&I and Equality go hand in hand. Aiming for gender equality in an industry that was once notorious for being known as an ‘old boys club’ will not be easy. The correlation between gender diversity and improved financial performance, market share, innovation and group performance generally hold true, the Insurance industry has made significant improvement over the last few years but there’s a way to go before gender parity reaches a happy equilibrium. I am honoured to be part of a network that represents men and women and is a driving force for progression, development and change. I also have an active role in the Gender IQ network and the Multicultural Network at Aon.
Jane Harley (Co-Chair) - Lloyd’s
I work for Lloyd’s within the Delegated Authority world managing compliance oversight of Lloyd’s coverholders. Outside of work, I love spending time with my family and friends, often travelling back to Glasgow. I am also a keen gym enthusiast! Growing up in Scotland, I am really keen to ensure all of our good work on diversity is shared across the UK and globally. GIN is a great way to bringing together like minded individuals in the industry to influence a change and work together to embed this change.
Francesca Campbell - RSA Group
I work as a corporate responsibility manager at RSA, which is a really varied role looking at how we act as a responsible business in many ways, including our approach to diversity and inclusion. I’m really passionate about D&I, particularly gender equality, and so pleased to be able to get involved with GIN.
I believe that by promoting the value that women can bring to organisations we can work towards a more inclusive working culture which is better for society and businesses alike. I think that the events promoted by GIN give people a chance to learn more about gender equality and get to know other people in the industry.
Isobel Graham – Association of British Insurers
I’m the Advocacy Assistant at the Association of British Insurers, working in the Communications Team. My work at the ABI fits in nicely with GIN’s goals as I’m part of our D&I workstream, looking at how we can facilitate change to create a modern and diverse industry. I believe diversity is something we should all be passionate about, and I’ve joined GIN because it’s important that we all work to create an industry we’re proud to be a part of. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my friends and seeing what London has to offer!
Becky Young - Haggie Partners
I am a director at Haggie Partners, a PR firm that specialises in the insurance industry and I work with a number of insurers and brokers on a range of communication issues. Fun fact - I am the youngest board member of the London Handel Festival and run the society’s social media!
Sharon Glynn - Travelers
I work at Travelers as a Senior Development Underwriter in our Bond and Specialty Insurance Team. I am also co-chair of our European Diversity and Inclusion Network. Inclusion is very important to me, I believe we should seek out ways to ensure that differences are acknowledged and celebrated and everyone should have equal opportunity. Outside work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, seeking out new experiences and visiting new places.
Alina Jipa - RSA
I work at RSA as a Change Manager for the Global Risk Solutions business. As part of the GIN committee I work in partnership with Sharon to organise our Events for the year. GIN Events are important for the insurance industry; through these, we raise awareness about gender balance topics and they represents an opportunity for our members to learn, develop and expand their insurance network. Outside of work I enjoy travelling, exploring new places and cuisines, running and exercising.
Saroj Mistry -Allianz
I work for AGCS (Allianz) as a Maintenance Analyst in the IT Dept. This means I oversee all the run incidents for the Global Genius system in AGCS - Global Genius holds policy and claims info for our clients. I’m a bit of a Maths geek. I love travelling and have been to many countries, best holiday was safari in Kenya. I really want to make the gender imbalance in IT a thing of the past.
Alison Tasker - HFW
I am an associate solicitor in HFW’s insurance litigation department originally from Ireland but now living in London. In my spare time I enjoy running (I am training for the Paris marathon at the moment) and eating – I am currently (unsuccessfully) trying to work my way around all of London's restaurants!
Selina Mi – AIG
Our industry is totally committed to Diversity and Inclusion. I am proud of being actively involved in Gender and Inclusion Network (GIN) as one of the committee members to represent the support from AIG. We will also learn from and engage with others about their own journeys. Let’s make the change!
Juliet Drake – Beazley
I work for Beazley as the Controls Accountant in the Finance team. I am part of the Diversity and Inclusion events team and I support increasing communication and sharing knowledge around gender inclusion. Outside of work I play and watch a lot of sport and love travelling to new places and experiences new cultures.
Adina Coman - AIG
I work as a Multinational Account Coordinator at AIG. Part of GIN committee as a secretary I ensure meetings are effectively organized and minuted; it is equally an opportunity on working together as a group to inspire and redefine the concept of gender balance across the industry. As passions I enjoy meditating & practicing yoga.
New members leads
Pelumi Ojo - Aon
I currently work as Project Manager within the Insurance sector. I joined the Gender Inclusion Network because I am passionate about diversity and inclusion. We live in an increasingly global world which has become deeply connected and it is not good enough to have a Leadership Board that does not reflect the diverse societies that we live in.
I hope that as part of GIN I am able to be part of a structure that challenges the norm that helps to break down barriers in order to create platforms everyone can engage in regardless of their background thus; enabling them to fulfil their potential.
Armand Van Hien - Chubb
Relatively new to the world of insurance, I have enjoyed working with Environmental and Surety teams but my big interest in globalisation has allowed me to keep an eye on goods drive, fly and float across the world with the Marine Cargo team. I grew up in my mother’s country of Indonesia but Rutland is another special place as I used to talk, but not walk, a big game on the school sports fields. Inclusion and equality is so important to me and GIN is a terrific platform for understanding the benefits.
Emily Dawkins - Euler Hermes
I work at Euler Hermes as a Business Analyst which has somewhat accidentally turned out to be pretty much my absolute dream job. For GIN I am the New Members lead welcoming new members to the network and answering incoming queries. I also have big ambitions for expanding the membership base – watch this space! I joined GIN because I am passionate about equal opportunities, for women and men, at the end of the day we’re all just people, why shouldn’t we all have the same opportunities? In my spare time I love ballet (doing as well as watching), travelling/exploring and generally just trying to fill my time with family, friends and fun activities.
Aakriti Jha - RSA Group
I currently work as a Senior Internal Auditor at RSA which involves working with stakeholders to understand the risk and control environment and provide recommendations to senior management. I got involved with the GIN network as I am incredibly passionate about diversity and inclusion and the network is a great way to make lasting changes within the Insurance Industry. I am originally from India but grew up in Tanzania and outside of work, I enjoy travelling and cooking.
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.
Having recently stepped away as Co-Chair for GIN, I am an advocate of the GIN committee and all the amazing work they continue to do. In my spare time I enjoy travelling and keeping fit with running.
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. So 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.