“I enjoy considering things from
many different angles and
Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
analysing them from a qualitative and
Company: Asta Managing Agency
Job title: Chief risk officer
2016: Chief risk officer, Asta
2014: Deputy chief risk officer, Asta
2009: Actuarial consultant, LCP
2005: Actuarial consultant, Mercer
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I started work in the pensions industry which underwent
substantial change in 2006 following government reform.
After I qualified as an actuary I wanted to use my skills in a
more business-focused way and moved into insurance which
was also experiencing substantial change in the form of
Solvency II. There were a lot of opportunities for actuaries,
particularly ones with backgrounds in more heavily regulated
industries, and I’m very glad I made the decision to move.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Moving from an actuarial consultancy within the insurance
industry to risk management at a Lloyd’s managing agency
has been incredibly rewarding and given me the opportunity
to expand my knowledge and skillset.
I enjoy considering things from many different angles and
analysing them from a qualitative and quantitative perspective.
Being promoted to chief risk officer and becoming a director
of Asta has been a huge highlight of my career, providing me
with new challenges and the chance to work with a group of
talented and dynamic individuals.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
Keeping up to date with the changing world we live in,
gaining enough understanding on a broad range of topics to
work out which require further analysis and assessment of
the implications for Asta and our clients. Although I find this
a very stimulating part of my job, there aren’t always enough
hours in a day to read every article I would like to.
If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
I wanted to be an author when I was at school which is lucky
given the number of reports I now write.
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