As it looks to champion equal rights and opportunities for both men and women, Wales-based independent insurance broker BPW Insurance has promoted two female leaders.
The broker has promoted Alison Philips and Alisha Edwards to its board of directors, in recognition of their skill, industry knowledge, and fundamental beliefs that “align with the company values of prestige customer service and continual development of staff,” a release said.
Both Philips and Edwards are currently working on their Advanced Diploma with the Chartered Institute of Insurance, aiming to secure Chartered Insurance broker certification by the end of 2023.
“Alisha and Alison have worked very hard and deserve this promotion, while at the same time undertaking their CII qualifications to gain the Diploma in Insurance,” said BPW managing director Paul Wiggins.
A release noted that since a management buy-out in 2008, Wiggins had worked hard to “challenge the traditional stereotypes that the financial service sector faces and instil a core culture centred around people first, and increasing female leadership.”
“When I first joined BPW, it was nice to work somewhere that has the same values as me. As a driven individual, they supported me in achieving my long-term career goal of becoming a director and fully funded all my insurance qualifications along the way and continue to do so. This is a prime example of being invested in our team and their career plans,” said Edwards.
“We have a very high engagement rate with our employees, which leads to a high retention rate,” added Philips. “I truly believe this is because we nurture our workforce and put their wellbeing and development first.”
“It’s important to change the traditional stereotype of the middle-aged man in a suit and reinvent the image of the financial service sector to represent today’s society, and the talented workforce at BPW, properly,” additionally commented Wiggins.
The promotions of Philips and Edwards come after BPW was recognised last year by gender equality charity Chwarae Teg as a “Fair Play Employer.”