Insider Progress 

The Insider Progress network aims to act as a meeting place for engaging and active discussion on building the workplace of the future. It allows you to keep your finger on the pulse of ever evolving conversations around diversity in (re)insurance, so companies will be on the front foot when it comes to future-proofing their business.

Next event - 19 June - Making Impactful Change

So much has been done in the insurance industry to raise awareness of the importance of a more inclusive workforce. The challenge now lies to convert that awareness into positive, tangible impact.

But this challenge does not solely sit with the C-suite. Employees at all levels can help drive that change – but where to start?

Join us on Wednesday 19 June for the third event in the Insider Progress series to discuss the actions that can make a real difference in creating a diverse workforce – from company-wide initiatives to those everyday conversations.

At the event, you will hear from industry executives on the practical changes they are making in their organisations, and participate in audience-wide discussions on what is working and what’s not.

Hear from experts to gain clarity on what language is appropriate when addressing diversity in the workplace, and learn how to be an ally for others when they find themselves in those difficult situations.

Learn how human health and well-being is re-defining organisational value, the new aspects of competition putting human health and well-being at centre stage and why the organisations investing in workforce resilience will win.


This event is free to attend and is for all levels of seniority. We encourage you to BYOB – Bring Your Own Boss – and become part of the driving force in creating a more diverse London insurance market.




If you have any questions about the event, contact



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08:00 – 08:50

Registration & Breakfast


08:50 – 09:00

welcoming remarks

  • Catrin Shi, Co-Founder, Insider Progress & Acting Managing Editor, The Insurance Insider


09:00 – 09:20


  • Anna Sweeney, Director, Insurance Supervision, PRA, Bank of England


09:20 – 10:05

Panel session | PechaKucha style format

  • Katherine Conway, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Aon
  • Melanie James, Co-Chair, Global Insurance, DLA Piper
  • Miriam Reid, Executive Manager and Chair of the Gender Equality Matters Employee Resource Group, AIG

In the pecha kucha panel, each panellist will have five minutes and a maximum of 10 slides to present one D&I initiative they have introduced in their company and explain why it has been successful.


There are four panellists planned for this session. After all speakers have presented, we will discuss the initiatives with audience participation and have a frank conversation about any initial hyrdles in setting up the initiative and where it can go next. We will also encourage the audience to share their own ideas with the panel.


10:05 – 10:35



10:35 – 10:55


  • Dr Ian Drever, Founder Director, The Academy of Mental Fitness
  • Catherine de la Poer, Founder, Halcyon Coaching

Mental and cognitive health differences are now firmly part of the D+I conversation. 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem this year. Burnout, stress, loneliness are at epidemic levels. The combined economic impact of ill-health related absence and presenteeism in the UK, currently sits at a £77.5 billion a year, in lost productivity. Humans are not machines. Today's CEO playbook is outdated, we consider new aspects of competition that puts human health and wellbeing center-stage; introduce a 3x3 framework through which to understand human performance and why organisations investing in workforce resilience will win.

10:55 – 11:35

pANEL DISCUSSION: acceptable language

  • Catrin Shi, Co-Founder, Insider Progress & Acting Managing Editor, The Insurance Insider
  • Pauline Miller, Head of Talent Development and Inclusion, Human Resources, Lloyd's

  • Alasdair James Scott, Inclusion & Diversity Consultant/Trainer, PDT Global

  • Rose St Louis, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Zurich

The use of inclusive language is key to ensuring staff feel accepted and safe in a workplace – and likewise, the use of offensive or insensitive language can leave staff feeling alienated, whether intentional or not.


In this interactive session, delegates will gain an insight into the power of language and its impact – both positive and negative - in the workplace.


They will also learn how frank and respectful conversations about language can help them to navigate an ever-changing lexicon.


11:35 – 12:15

pANEL DISCUSSION: bystander apathy

  • Catrin Shi, Co-Founder, Insider Progress & Acting Managing Editor, The Insurance Insider
  • Katherine Bryant, Founder, Insurance Breakfast Club & The Progress Partnership
  • Vivian Leinster, Chief People Officer, MS Amlin
  • Godwin Sosi, Co-Founder, ACIA

Everyone has a part to play in calling out inappropriate behaviour – but in the workplace, speaking out to challenge this behaviour can sometimes be difficult.


In this session, we hope that delegates will come away with the tools on how to be an ally in a professional environment, and help create a more inclusive workplace culture.


12:15 – 12:20




Event close


More to be confirmed

Katherine Bryant

Director of The Progress Partnership Limited

Founder of The Insurance Breakfast Club

Katherine works exclusively with risk and insurance organisations to improve business results through leadership & talent development, team performance, inclusion & culture change.


With 25 years’ experience of the London insurance market background as a broker, underwriter & most latterly COO of the Global Power Specialty at Aon Katherine brings a unique perspective to her programmes.  A passionate advocate for diversity of thought & increased inclusion, she speaks regularly at industry events & is a trustee of Dress for Success, a charity helping women return to the workplace.

Katherine Conway

Head of Diversity & Inclusion


Dr Ian Drever

Founder Director
The Academy of Mental Fitness


Ian and his team are dedicated to developing programmes using clinical techniques to improve psychological functioning in the workplace. Ian was a practising psychiatrist in the NHS for thirteen years, and more latterly at the Priory Hospital Woking for ten years, where he specialised in the treatment of stress, anxiety and depression, working with a range of high-functioning individuals from the corporate world.

Melanie James

Co-Chair, Global Insurance
DLA Piper

Melanie James is a Corporate Partner at DLA Piper and Global Sector Co-Chair of the firm's Insurance practice. A former executive within the insurance industry, her industry knowledge and leadership skills have proved instrumental in building the firm's global insurance practice. Melanie's expertise across transactional, regulatory and commercial matters makes her a rare individual in the UK legal market and a sought-after expert for complex transactions and advisory mandates, including cross border M&A and strategic reorganisations. Alongside her insurance sector leadership role, Melanie is DLA Piper's Graduate Recruitment Partner. She is committed to identifying and developing the best legal talent and nurturing the next generation of female legal professionals, developing their legal skills, confidence and resilience. Melanie is a mentor and a role model to many lawyers within the wider firm and the UK insurance practice where, although unusual for the wider industry, the majority of lawyers are women.

Vivian Leinster

Chief People Officer
MS Amlin

Vivian joined MS Amlin in April 2018 bringing over two decades of experience in Human Resources. Previously at Bupa UK, Vivian led Human Resources as People Director since 2014, was a key partner to the Bupa UK CEO and a member of the executive team. She was responsible for the people, cultural and change agenda across the business, including significant acquisition and divestment activity. From 2004 to 2014, Vivian held a number of senior HR roles at BT leading the transformation of the employee experience and developing areas of leadership, employee engagement and change management.












Pauline Miller

Head of Talent Development and Inclusion, Human Resources

Catherine is a business coach and digital anthropologist with a 20 year career in senior commercial roles, within media and recruitment. She coaches leaders and their teams, supporting the development of emotional intelligence/ emotional fitness capability; she also delivers culture-by-design programmes where psychological safety, purpose and vulnerability are the building blocks for delivering long term sustainable growth. 

Catherine de la Poer

Halcyon Coaching

Catherine is a business coach and digital anthropologist with a 20 year career in senior commercial roles, within media and recruitment. She coaches leaders and their teams, supporting the development of emotional intelligence/ emotional fitness capability; she also delivers culture-by-design programmes where psychological safety, purpose and vulnerability are the building blocks for delivering long term sustainable growth. 

Miriam Reid

Executive Manager and Chair of the Gender Equality Matters Employee Resource Group

Miriam has been named as a Chair of the AIG's UK Women & Allies Employee Resource group in 2015 and since then she was successfully growing, leading and transforming the group into a true business resource, including its rebrand into Gender Equality Matters UK.


Miriam’s D&I work revolves around leading a variety of internal diversity initiatives, increasing the female talent pipeline, boosting the number of women in senior leadership roles, and organizing and leading events and career development workshops. She also focuses on promoting flexible work arrangements and collaboration with external gender equality networks and charities. Miriam serves as a mentor to teenage girls in Career Ready programme to enhance career-development skills, such as networking and resume writing. She also coaches young women who join the organisation and is an established mentor and sponsor across AIG.


Alasdair James Scott

Inclusion & Diversity Consultant/Trainer
PDT Global

Godwin Sosi


Godwin Sosi Cert CII is a management liability assistant underwriter at Sompo International. After completing his 1- year placement programme at Mercedes-Benz, he went on to finish his undergraduate degree in Economics & Finance (BA) hons. After his degree, Godwin spent  2 years as an underwriting assistant in Chubb’s Financial Lines team. His experience at Chubb, gave him the fundamentals to deal with underwriters as well as interact and service brokers. Now as an Assistant Underwriter, Godwin focuses on underwriting mid-Market & Large corporate international D&O business and forming relationships with World renowned brokers.
Godwin is a firm believer in giving back, and has been heavily involved in mentoring and giving talks to kids at local schools, including his own secondary school.

Rose St Louis

Head of Strategic Partnerships


Rose has over 20 years’ experience working in financial services. Rose joined Zurich in June 2015 from Legal and General and in 2018 she became Head of Strategic Partnerships as part of the Distribution Leadership team. She leads a team responsible for cultivating and maintaining large intermediary relationships. Rose is Zurich’s lead consumer spokesperson, Co-Chair of Zurich UK’s Women’s Innovation Network, a Trust Executive for Zurich Community Trust, board member of trade body the Investment and Life Assurance Group (ILAG) and voted Woman of the Year - Protection in the 2018 Women In Financial Advice Awards. 

Anna Sweeney

Director, Insurance Supervision
PRA, Bank of England

Anna is responsible for the supervision of approximately 450 life insurers, retail and commercial general insurers. Anna is an experienced regulator, having previously led the supervision of Society of Lloyd’s and a number of the major UK banking groups during the financial crisis.







The Insurance Families Network is a network for people who have parent and caring responsibilities working the UK insurance sector. We are a new network formed in 2018 and are comprised of over 100 professionals working across  brokers, insurers, reinsurers and MGAs, and associated professional services firms.

The IFN is proud to be an Inclusion@Lloyd’s Partner Network

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160 Aldersgate Street,


The closest train stations to the venue are:

  • Barbican - 2 minute walk
  • St Pauls - 8 minute walk
  • Farringdon - 9 minute walk


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