Advisory board

Leading voices in the insurance D&I arena


Insider Progress is proud of the work it has been carrying out for diversity and inclusion over the past year. Our campaign, which has focused around the practical and the positive in D&I, has gained great traction in the market and we are keen to ensure this momentum continues.


As such, we have reached out to respected leading voices in the D&I arena in insurance to help guide our discussion topics and ensure we are keeping our finger on the pulse of the D&I agenda.


With this, we are thrilled to introduce the following senior executives as members of the Insider Progress Advisory Board.



Catrin Shi
Acting Managing Editor
The Insurance Insider

Catrin Shi is Insurance Insider’s Managing Editor and Co-Founder of the publication’s diversity and inclusion campaign, Insider Progress.


A graduate in German, Catrin has been working as a journalist for eight years, five of which have been focused on the (re)insurance industry.


She trained to become a journalist as a postgraduate at the Cardiff University School of Journalism.


Catrin cut her teeth at various regional newspapers before starting out as a financial journalist at SNL Financial (now S&P Global Market Intelligence) in 2012, where she developed and launched the firm’s European insurance news product.


Since joining Insurance Insider four years ago she has picked up a number of trade journalism awards for her work, including Breaking News Journalist of the Year at the 2019 Willis Towers Watson Media Awards.


Catrin’s news coverage has a London market focus, and includes Lloyd’s, cyber, property D&F, casualty, financial institutions, MGAs, binders and legacy. She is also The Insurance Insider’s diversity and inclusion champion.



Richard Beaven

Chief Operating Officer

Brightside Group

Richard Beaven is COO of the Brightside Group. He joined the company in April 2019.


Richard is a highly experienced executive with a successful track record in a number of blue chip companies. He was most recently the Distribution Director of Swinton Group and prior to that he has had an extensive career in Financial Services including senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Reuters, Bank of New York and Barclays.


Richard is a leading advocate for Diversity and Inclusion, was a trustee of Stonewall and speaks regularly on the topic.


Away from work Richard is a keen traveller, foodie and is passionate about cars and music.



Katherine Conway

Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community


Katherine’s background is in Communications and Investor Relations, having worked as Head of Investor Relations and subsequently Head of Communications at Bradford & Bingley plc from 1996, moving to Aon in 2010 to head up Communications and Community Affairs.  Katherine has always had a keen interest and involvement in social responsibility and equality and has looked after charity and community affairs at Aon since her arrival, as well as being a member of the Diversity Council.


In 2015, Katherine was able to devote time to her passion full-time, becoming Head of Diversity & Inclusion and Community Affairs at Aon, responsible for driving the inclusion strategy across the UK and EMEA.  Katherine chairs the Diversity Council and the Community Affairs Committee and is a proactive and visible LGBT ally and a mental health first aider.


Katherine lives in Yorkshire, but works in London, so weekends are spent running and walking in the Yorkshire countryside.



Vishal Desai

Senior Manager of Insurance Directorate

Bank of England

Vishal is Senior Manager of the Insurance Directorate at the Bank of England. He leads Risk and Actuarial oversight for Lloyd's of London and London Market firms. He is also the Bank’s General Insurance lead on climate change, including international engagement and support to the Governor on positioning climate change as a financial risk. A passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Vishal dedicates much of his time to supporting and developing inclusive workplace cultures, with a focus on BAME, LGBT+ and disability dimensions. He has led a number of Bank and market wide events and initiatives through his role on the Steering Committee of the Bank of England’s LGBT+ & Allies Staff Network and his position on the Steering Committee of the insurance sector’s DiveIn Festival.


He has over 18 years financial services industry experience across banking and insurance from consulting, in-house and regulatory perspectives both in the UK and internationally. He has worked at UBS Investment Bank, PwC, Hiscox, FSA, APRA and the Bank of England, as well as partnering on projects with the United Nations (UN), World Bank, International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), Access to Insurance Initiative (A2ii) and International Actuarial Association (IAA).


He is a past member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) General Insurance Board and current President of the Casualty Actuaries of Europe (CAE). He also sits on the Board of Trustees of Switchboard, the UK's largest helpline based charity supporting the LGBT+ community. Vishal was named in the 2019 Yahoo Finance and OUTstanding “Top 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders” role model list.



Karen Graves

Senior Independent Director


Karen has been working in the Lloyd’s and London market for over 27 years, starting her career in the compliance arena, moving on to a COO and then a CEO role within the Lloyd’s market for an established Lloyd’s Managing Agency. She is also the Senior Independent Director for the USAA Limited and USAA SA and a Director of a Multi-Academy Trust.


SCOR SE was her first Global Reinsurance role and within scope fall operational matters, oversight and coordination of EMEA satellite offices (Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Dublin, Moscow, Amsterdam, South Africa and Brussels),  Internal Controls, Operational Risk Management, Regulatory Relationships, Property Affairs, Hub Compliance and working with the business divisions on new projects from a strategic perspective. Her experience, prior to SCOR SE, has included establishing offices overseas, taking part in EU College of Supervisors meetings and rolling out compliance processes, with a particular emphasis on corporate governance.


Karen is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and Chair of the Independent Women in Insurance Committee (iWIN). A Founder Member of European Council for the Advancement of Women in Leadership and addition to this a supporter of the Lloyd’s Military Network for senior officers leaving the Armed Forces. As a supporter of educational diversity Karen is a Director of the Burnt Mill Academy Trust, and as a keen painter a member of Lloyd’s Art Group. Age and educational diversity are of particular interest and she often takes part in presentations and conferences on these topics, along with being an ally to LGBTQ colleagues.



Jason Groves

Global Director of Media Relations


Jason Groves is Global Director of Media Relations at Marsh and Chair of Dive In – the Festival for promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the global insurance sector. He is founder and executive sponsor of Marsh’s LGBT+ colleague resource group, Pride, in the UK. Prior to joining Marsh in 2006, Jason was editor of reinsurance magazine, The Review.


He is a board member of The Prince’s Business Emergency Resilience Group, an initiative of Business in the Community, and serves as Chairman of the London Piano Festival.


Jason is active in the communications industry; a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and a Freeman of the City of London, he is also a former Court Assistant of the Company of Communicators.



Ann Haugh

President, Global Markets


Ann Haugh became President Global Markets, AXIS Re, in November 2018. She oversees AXIS Re Strategic Partners, Specialty Re and the Lloyd's platform. Ann joined AXIS Re from Thomas Miller, where she was Group Chief Operating Officer (COO). Prior, Ann held several senior roles at Aspen Insurance Group, including President, International Insurance; Global COO; Chief Underwriting Officer (CUO) and was a member of Aspen's Group Executive Committee. Previously, Ann worked for Zurich, culminating in her role as Group Chief of Staff. While there, she was also CEO, Global Corporate UK and COO for Global Corporate. Before this, Ann worked for Arch Insurance, a division of Arch Capital Group Ltd., as Vice President Emerging Markets and ultimately was CUO & COO, Executive Liability.  She began her career as a Financial Lines Underwriter at Zurich U.S. and Great American Insurance Company.



Erik Johnson

Deputy Active Underwriter

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Erik’s background is in strategy, M&A, and corporate development having worked in Lloyd’s strategy team and as an Assistant Director with Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Insurance Practice. However, he started his professional life as a ballet dancer, training and dancing with Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet.


Erik is an avid volunteer and is passionate about D&I. He was a founding Co-Chair of Link (LGBT Insurance Network), the Insurance Institute of London’s first Diversity Champion, and a founding Steering Committee member of iCAN (Insurance Cultural Awareness Network). He currently sits on the Inclusion@Lloyd’s committee and where leads its Partner Network Initiative, is a Council and ExCo member of the Insurance Institute of London, and steering committee member of iDAWN (Insurance Disability, Ability, and Wellness Network).


In 2019 he was awarded the Chartered Insurance Institute’s ‘Unsung Hero of the Year Award’ and in 2017 was awarded the London Market Forum’s ‘Market Inclusion & Diversity Award’ for his sustained voluntary contributions to improving inclusion and diversity in the insurance market.


Erik is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, a Chartered Insurer, and is a National Forum Officer with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Nicola Ratchford
Head of Marketing and Communications

Nicola Ratchford is Head of Marketing and Communications at AIG in the UK. Nicola has been at AIG for 4.5 years, joining first as head of External Communications for EMEA, then as Head of Communications for Europe before taking on her current role last year. Before joining AIG, Nicola spent 12 years as a strategic communications consultant advising a range of clients on transactions, initial public offerings, crisis situations and reputational issues. Nicola started her career as a journalist writing for Bloomberg and The Deal. Nicola graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Maurice Rose

Maurice Rose is an experienced Insurance Practitioner and currently a Manager at PwC. In his role, he supports clients address complex Risk and Regulatory issues across the London Insurance Market.  Prior to PwC, Maurice worked for the Bank of England, supervising a Portfolio of London Market Insurers and has worked at the Corporation of Lloyd’s, a Lloyd’s Managing Agent and a Large P&C Insurer.


Maurice is Co-Chair of Link, the LGBT+ Insurance Network. Link's mission is to create and maintain workplaces that attract and retain the best LGBT+ talent to the insurance industry. The network has a membership base of over 1200 members and has recently won the Queens Award for Volunteering, the equivalent of an MBE for volunteer groups, recognising the contribution made by the network to D&I within the Insurance sector.



Patricia Roufca
Group Chief Operating Officer & Group General Counsel

Patricia joined Fidelis in 2016 after more than a decade at Aspen Insurance Holdings in London. She was Associate Group General Counsel from 2007 to 2016, Group Company Secretary from 2011 to 2016 and Group Head of Legal from 2014 to 2016. While at Aspen, Patricia advised the Board on governance matters, evaluated and executed strategic initiatives including UK and US acquisitions, led capital raises and successfully defended an attempted hostile takeover. Prior to Aspen, she was a Senior Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene and MacRae, L.L.P. in New York and London. Patricia is a member of the Executive Committee.



Tali Shlomo
People Engagement Director
Chartered Insurance Institute

Tali Shlomo FCIPD – is the People Engagement Director at the Chartered Insurance Institute an inspirational and dynamic diversity, inclusion, wellbeing and HR practitioner working in insurance and financial services for nearly 18 years. Tali is a dynamic thought leader passionate about unlocking talent by leveraging on people strategies underpinned with wellbeing, diversity and inclusion principles. Tali is a Chartered Fellow of CIPD and is an advocate for diversity, inclusion and wellbeing programmes in the workplace to enable business growth and individual career progression.


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