The fanfare that greets female leaders coming into top posts – such as Hayley Spink being tapped to serve as head of global operations for Lloyd’s of London – might be positive, but it’s also a sign for one leader in the insurance industry that’s there more work to be done on diversity and inclusion.
“When I’m sitting here reading that and cheering because they’re women, I think that’s an indication that we’ve got much more work to do because if that was the norm and we didn’t think that it was so unusual, we would know that we had really advanced within the insurance sector,” said Dame Inga Beale (pictured), the first and so far only woman to serve as chief executive at Lloyd’s, and a recent addition to the board of London First. “The progress is great, and to me there feels so much momentum and so much eagerness to make a difference and to make it a better place – a more inclusive industry – but we’re not yet seeing enough different types of people get to the top of organisations.”
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