Alison Martin didn’t expect to end up working in insurance. Following her studies in law during university, she started working at Price Waterhouse Coopers, where she ended up in the insurance division. This is where, Martin says, her “love of the insurance world grew from” as she worked in insurance audit and insurance consulting. From there she moved to Swiss Re, where the talented executive dipped a toe in almost every pool of the business, quickly learning about everything: underwriting, pricing, costing, reserving, RND, claims. Martin became CFO, but, funnily enough, until she was appointed Zurich’s group chief risk officer in September 2017, she hadn’t directly worked within the risk group of a business.