Ajay Mistry ACMA currently works as the Partnerships Director at Brokerbility (an exclusive network of circa 25 regional Independent Insurance Brokers) and his role has been to grow and develop a new sales & marketing division focusing on new ways to sell insurance to different SME groups.
He has previously worked at both Aviva and Aon and further to this, Ajay co-founded and is Co-Chair of iCAN (the Insurance Cultural Awareness Network) which is the first network to represent BAME and International colleagues in the insurance industry. iCAN is 2 years old and currently has 700 members. Ajay was also voted as a Top 50 EMpower Ethnic Minority Future Leader in the 2019 List presented by Yahoo Finance and named in the Insurance Young Guns list 2018 by Insurance Business Mag.
Senior PR, Communications & Corporate Affairs Professional
Alex is a senior PR and communications professional with almost 20 years’ experience mostly within Financial Services, most recently as UK Head of Media & Public Relations for Zurich. He has helped shape and progress the work to drive fairness and equality for employees and customers and worked on pan-sector initiatives such as the Gender Inclusion Network within the insurance industry.
Head of Syndicate Management & European Distribution
Erik’s background is in strategy, M&A, and corporate development having worked in Lloyd’s strategy team and as an Assistant Director with Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Insurance Practice. However, he started his professional life as a ballet dancer, training and dancing with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He currently works for Pioneer where he focuses on the strategy and management of Syndicate 1980.
Erik is an avid volunteer and is passionate about D&I. He was a founding Co-Chair of Link (LGBT Insurance Network), the Insurance Institute of London’s first Diversity Champion, and a founding Steering Committee member of iCAN (Insurance Cultural Awareness Network). He currently sits on the [email protected]’s committee where leads its Partner Network Initiative, is a Council and ExCo member of the Insurance Institute of London, and steering committee member of iDAWN (Insurance Disability, Ability, and Wellness Network). In 2019 Erik won the Chartered Insurance Institute’s ‘Unsung Hero of the Year’ award for the impact that his D&I and volunteer work has had on the insurance profession.
Human Capital Financial Services Partner
Head of Internal Communication & Experience DLG
Board Trustee Working Families
Jennifer Thomas has risen quickly to the top as a corporate communicator, having beentalent-spotted for rapid promotion at every company she has worked for. Currently, Jennifer is transforming the profile and reputation of Direct Line Group (DLG), now as Head of Internal Communications, Experience & Sustainability and previously as its Head of Financial
Jennifer is part of the Group’s Strategic Leadership Team, responsible fordeveloping the Group’s internal communications strategy, including employee engagement,
the incorporation of the employee value proposition and corporate brand as welldeveloping and executing a new corporate social responsibility strategy. Jennifer was
involved in the IPO of RBS orchestrated by DLG and the biggest stock market listing of 2012.Jennifer had a former career as a UK Championships 400m runner and hurdler for England.
DWP Disability Champion for Insurance and Access to Insurance Working Group Chair
Scottish Widows Financial Protection
Johnny Timpson is Scottish Widows’ financial resilience and protection specialist, he has over 40 years’ experience across a variety of individual and group protection technical roles and distribution models.
He is currently the DWP Disability Champion for the Insurance Industry and Profession, Chairs the Access to Insurance Working Group and is a member of the Money & Pension Service FinTech and Mental Health Advisory Group. He is also a member of the CII’s Insuring Women’s Futures Programme Expert Advisor Panel and London Insurance Institute Inclusion and Diversity Committee. In addition, Johnny is a member of the Resilience Task Force chaired by Baroness Drake and also the Income Protection Task Force where he sits on both it’s Welfare and Building Resilient Households Working Groups.
Johnny is a former chair of TISA’s Consumer Protection Policy Council and member of the ABI Protection Committee plus until its close, he was a member of the Seven Families Project team where he lead its corporate relationship work stream.
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Katherine’s background is in Communications and Investor Relations, having worked as Head of Investor Relations and subsequently Head of Communications at Bradford & Bingley plc from 1996, moving to Aon in 2010 to head up Communications and Community Affairs. Katherine has always had a keen interest and involvement in social responsibility and equality and has looked after charity and community affairs at Aon since her arrival, as well as being a member of the Diversity Council.
In 2015, Katherine was able to devote time to her passion full-time, becoming Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Affairs at Aon, responsible for driving the inclusion strategy across the UK and EMEA. Katherine chairs the Diversity Council and the Community Affairs Committee and is a proactive and visible LGBT ally and a mental health first aider.
Katherine lives in Yorkshire, but works in London, so weekends are spent running and walking in the Yorkshire countryside.
Associate DWF, Co-Founder
ICAN (Insurance Cultural Awareness Network)
Financial Policy Head
Insurance Risk and Regulatory Manager / Co-Chair
PwC / Link
Maurice Rose is an experienced Insurance Practitioner and currently a Manager at PwC. In his role, he supports clients address complex Risk and Regulatory issues across the London Insurance Market. Prior to PwC, Maurice worked for the Bank of England, supervising a Portfolio of London Market Insurers and has worked at the Corporation of Lloyd’s, a Lloyd’s Managing Agent and a Large P&C Insurer.
Maurice is Co-Chair of Link, the LGBT+ Insurance Network. Link's mission is to create and maintain workplaces that attract and retain the best LGBT+ talent to the insurance industry. The network has a membership base of over 1200 members and has recently won the Queens Award for Volunteering, the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups, recognising the contribution made by the network to D&I within the Insurance sector.
Away from work, Maurice enjoys travel, history and is a keen foodie.
Chief Operating Officer at Brightside and Trustee at Stonewall
Richard Beaven is COO of the Brightside Group. He joined the company in April 2019.
Richard is a highly experienced executive with a successful track record in a number of blue chip companies. He was most recently the Distribution Director of Swinton Group and prior to that he has had an extensive career in Financial Services including senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Reuters, Bank of New York and Barclays.
Richard is a leading advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, was a trustee of Stonewall and speaks regularly on the topic.
Away from work Richard is a keen traveller, foodie and is passionate about cars and music.
Bright Blue Hare
Head of Claims at Aspen Risk Management and Chair of the Board at the Society of Claims Professionals
Sue is the Head of Claims for Aspen Risk Management, She set up the technical and operational standards and management of the claims function in 2011. This now sits across 2 platforms, handling Commercial Claims to include GL, Property, D&O, PI, Cyber and Marine Transit. She has helped shape the products offered, identifying client needs with market research and relationship management. Earlier roles include that of founding Director of Hawes McCall and Associates, Head of Group Claims for Novae (now Axis) and Head of London Market Claims for Independent Insurance.
Sue has over 35 years’ experience in change management, operational management and technical claims handling and investigation, spanning most classes. She has an advanced diploma in insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute; is a Chartered Insurer; sits on the Post Claims Network Board; is a past President of the North Downs Insurance Institute and the current Chair of the Society of Claims Professionals. Sue is a great supporter of Diversity and Inclusion, holding a role as the D&I Officer for North Downs Insurance Institute from 2017-2019. She helped with the CIIs Dive In Campaign at Lloyds, is also a member of the Link Insurance Network; regularly attends the Interlaw Diversity Forum Events and has a special interest in mental health strategies in the workplace.
People Engagement Director
Tali Shlomo FCIPD – is the People Engagement Director at the Chartered Insurance institute an inspirational and dynamic diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and HR practitioner working in insurance and financial services for nearly 18 years. Tali is a dynamic thought leader passionate about unlocking talent by leveraging on people strategies underpinned with wellbeing, diversity and inclusion principles. Tali is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and is an advocate for diversity, inclusion and wellbeing programmes in the workplace .
Tosin has worked at QBE since 2016. She is currently a claims adjuster in the London Markets team, handling a range of professional indemnity matters. She has been increasingly involved in QBE’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, most recently joining the European Operations Diversity and Inclusion Forum to challenge thinking and raise awareness throughout the business.