Influential women in re/insurance: re/insurers and brokers
OF OF 2017
Company: Markel International
Job title: Claims director
2013: Claims director, Markel International
2009: Head of PCG claims, Beazley
2007: Claims, UK E&O, Beazley
2000: Solicitor, insurance and reinsurance, Mayer Brown
1999: Solicitor, insurance dispute, Freeth Cartwright
1997: Trainee solicitor, Freeth Cartwright If you had chosen a different profession/career path, what
would it have been?
If I could have stomached doing more sciences at A-level
then I would say medicine. I like the human interaction and
trying to find solutions to problems and learning from past
Why did you choose to work in this industry?
I chose to work in the insurance industry after doing
a six-month seat as a trainee solicitor in a law firm’s insurance
services team. It was not my preferred choice of placement but
thank goodness I was given it, as I found the work to be very
current, topical, challenging and interesting. I also loved the
interaction with insurer and insured clients.
After several years working as a lawyer in private practice for
a city law firm, I went on secondment to an insurer and loved
it so much that I never returned.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
My recent appointment, as the first female executive board
member, to Markel. I know I’ll not be the last. I’ve also really
enjoyed my work as a member of the LMA claims committee,
where we’re pushing forward in trying to make a single
agreement party for London, across Lloyd’s and the company
market. This should greatly improve the attractiveness of
London as an insurance hub.
What has been the biggest challenge you have encountered?
It’s been to balance my career work with my family and social
life. I have three children who I want to have quality time
with, and combining this with an industry that increasing
seems to be 24/7 is a challenge. That said, technology has
helped in enabling working away from the office at times
and employers have generally been increasingly tolerant/
encouraging of flexible working. Also, I’ve found that being
clear with my team when I’m off work about not relying on
me to check my emails, but that they can always phone me
at any time has helped keep the balance.
“Employers have generally been
increasingly tolerant/encouraging of
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