LLOYD’S OF LONDON
Highly accomplished and genuinely inspiring, Inga Beale is Lloyd’s first female CEO in its 328-year history. She began her career 34 years ago as a junior underwriter, and has spent most of that time seizing every opportunity that has come her way, even those she says have scared her. Today, Beale spends considerable time speaking to the benefits of diversity – gender and otherwise. She’s determined to ensure Lloyd’s fosters an inclusive working environment where people feel comfortable, in her words, bringing “their whole selves to work”. Last year, Lloyd’s held the inaugural Dive In Festival, a four-day celebration of the benefits of diversity for the insurance industry. Its success has meant dates have already been locked in for a second festival in 2016. Beale’s passion and determination to change the face of the London insurance market, from white male-dominated to one that’s rich in diversity, will hopefully command the attention of insurance businesses worldwide, which will then follow suit with their own diversity initiatives.