Five Minutes With… Teresa Aherne, DAC Beachcroft

by IBO 25 Feb 2015

Five Minutes With… Teresa Aherne, DAC Beachcroft

Why insurance law?
This industry is a pillar of economy and the people in it are passionate, diligent and a pleasure to work with. We get to deal with so many different topics and legal issues. Having done some interesting criminal and family matters in my early career, I am still very happy to bed into insurance. 

How would you change the industry?
Better opportunities for women, which will hopefully lead to improvements in the industry ... but we're working on that. 

Best advice you’ve ever been given?
My first boss taught me that a person's reputation is their greatest asset and needs to be nurtured. 

If you were prime minister for one day, what would you do?
I'd enhance the animal protection by legislation.

What’s the biggest challenge facing the industry today?
The perception of the industry by those outside it. 

What’s been the highlight of your career?
A Eureka moment I had during a mediation which converted disaster to victory.  

What’s your favourite style of coffee?
A long black with cold milk (in a take away cup, so that it has enough water in it). 

Union, league or soccer or other?
I love Union and I come from a rugby loving family. Though in New Zealand, I miss the crowd singing at the games (and being glorious in defeat. Us Irish are very good at losing).  

If you could invite three people to dinner, dead or alive, and excluding family or friends, who would they be and why?
Bill Bailey
 
Stephen Fry
 
Eddie Izzard
 
The same reason for all three. They're incredibly intelligent and funny.

Complete this sentence: if I wasn’t in insurance law I would be…
Wishing I was in insurance law.