Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: JLT Reinsurance Brokers
Job title: Partner, marine, energy and political risk
2013: Partner, marine, energy and political risk, JLT Re
2001: Executive director, Willis Re Specialty, global marine
and energy, Willis Re
1997: Director, marine and energy treaty, Aon (formerly
1983: Assistant director, EW Payne (International)
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
In the reinsurance broking world there are constant challenges
but they also make one see opportunities. The challenge is
to see those opportunities as they develop and convert them
into useful products that address the specific requirements of
each country where they are designed to operate. Because the
world moves so fast, the biggest challenge will always be the
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
Having done a great many London School of Ballet exams
once we had settled in the UK, I was knocked back from that
career path when I got too tall. My second love—drama—
fizzled out when my drama teacher insisted that I apply to
the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the application
form listed past alumni. I felt that I could never join the
ranks of such famous and talented people so opted instead on
going to university to study linguistics and working part-time
as a motorcycle courier—take your pick.
Susan Elizabeth Lucas started her career three decades ago at
EW Payne, becoming the first female broker in its marine
treaty department. Since then she has worked at Aon and
Willis Re before joining JLT Re.
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
My father was a property reinsurance underwriter whose job
entailed a great many overseas postings and, in those days,
there were far more meetings between families of clients and
reinsurers. Thus from an early age I was somewhat familiar
with the business.
As a summer job while at university, I worked in the
shipbroking department of Harris & Dixon and found it very
interesting. Although this was not akin to marine reinsurance
broking, when EW Payne visited my university to say that
they would be looking at suitable graduate applications I
applied for a position in the marine reinsurance department
and the rest is history.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
There are too many to summarise but two that stand out are
being a close witness to the changes in Central and Eastern
Europe when the Soviet Union came to an end. It gives one
much respect for the people from all those countries that they
could re-assume their distinct and unique country identities
though persistent hard work and optimism.
The second highlight is being able to see so many enthusiastic
younger people coming into the industry, both within JLT
Re and within the insurance companies, and being able to
mentor and share the knowledge I have gained with such an
wealth of new talent.
“Because the world moves so fast,
the biggest challenge will always be
the next challenge.”
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