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



Tristique pharetra sapien est blandit lacus a nisi eleifend ad lectus lacus parturient a ullamcorper semper vestibulum vulputate at a tortor luctus. Suspendisse vulputate tempor parturient mus id pharetra cubilia leo ut a vestibulum ullamcorper sit dui hac ullamcorper facilisis iaculis a a adipiscing a elementum donec parturient malesuada a. Nam mi dolor cras consectetur suspendisse condimentum nunc integer mi elementum habitasse scelerisque ullamcorper donec scelerisque egestas erat nunc nullam fermentum penatibus adipiscing lectus molestie taciti a ligula vestibulum.

08:00 – 08:50

Registration & Breakfast


08:50 – 09:00

welcoming remarks


09:00 – 09:20


  • Anna Sweeney, Director of Insurance Supervision, PRA


09:20 – 10:05


In this pecha kucha, elevator-pitch style format, executives from all corners of the London insurance market will each present one D&I initiative which has made a real impact in their companies.


The session will move onto a moderated panel discussion, where panellists will discuss why those initiatives have worked, and outline those which perhaps haven’t worked so well. With high levels of audience input, this panel aims to stress test existing D&I initiatives and generate fresh ideas as what actions could be put in place next


10:05 – 10:35



10:35 – 10:55


  • Dr Ian Drever, Foundation 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. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem this year. 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.


We consider new aspects of competition that puts human health and wellbeing centre-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

  • 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

  • Vivian Leinster, Chief People Officer, MS Amlin

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



More to be confirmed

Anna Sweeney

Insurance Supervision

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.


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.

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.

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. 





DLA Piper
160 Aldersgate Street,


The closest train stations to Etc are:

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


For any further questions or to discuss sponsorship opportunities please feel free to contact us below.


Sponsorship Opportunities
Ben Bracken

General Enquiries
Ami Bowyer