ALLIES

Julian James

JULIAN JAMES

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, SOMPO INTERNATIONAL

Julian James, Chief Executive Officer, International Insurance at Sompo International has an extensive amount of global insurance experience that spans almost four decades. Julian stated that “The value of a diverse workforce is beyond argument but, as an industry, we need to not just talk about it but actually take the steps that shift the make up of the market. I am proud to be an Ally of the ACIN because they are helping us to make the real changes that make real change happen.”

BRAD IRICK

Chief Executive Officer, Tokio Marine Kiln

TMK became a founding partner of the ACIN in early 2019 as part of a drive to become a more inclusive business. Our strategic partnership with the ACIN has given us insights and access to perspectives on key issues affecting not only our business and our people, but our industry overall – and we are stronger for it.

Brad Irick
John Neal

JOHN NEAL

Chief Executive Officer , Lloyds

Lloyd’s wholeheartedly supports the work of the African-Caribbean Insurance Network which aims to increase the representation of African-Caribbean professionals in the London insurance market. Now, more than ever, we all share an urgent responsibility to not only understand what we can do to improve the experience and representation of black talent in the London Market, and most importantly take measurable action to drive lasting change. The following recommendations developed by the ACIN, in consultation with many of their members, provide insurance firms with tangible and meaningful actions they can take to ensure that we create an inclusive environment, where everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential. Our collective commitment to taking these steps is critical to the future of our industry.

DAVID FLINT

Head of Broking & Capacity Distribution, New Point Breaker

As an Ally I would see myself as someone who offers support, which can come in many forms, such as advice, shared experiences, moral backing, an ear to listen, a sounding board, a protective barrier, a leader and confidant, but most importantly a champion providing comfort and strength to support peoples ambitions, emotions and feelings. I feel my experience would enable me to offer guidance and solidarity, by sharing my experience of coming up through the various levels within the marketplace, and my views and knowledge from the many contracts and relationship I’ve made at the highest level.

I’ve been involved in African/Caribbean organisations in the Lloyd’s and London market previously, and these were established more as a social support network, including recruitment, one of the biggest issues. ACIN has expanded on this with an increased focus on raising cultural awareness, campaigning for constructive change, highlighting black excellence, and providing a credible platform to inform the insurance community on important issues affecting black people’s working experience.

David Flint
Kate Markham

KATE MARKHAM

CEO London Market and D&I Executive Sponsor, Hiscox

“I’d always believed in the saying ‘where there’s a will, there’s a way’ and that if anyone tried hard enough, they could find success.  However, it’s clear that this isn’t true for everyone and that sadly, if you are black, Asian or minority ethnic, determination and talent alone will not always see you through.  We simply cannot stand by when this is the reality faced by so many, and as an ally I’m firmly committed to doing anything I can to help level the playing field.”