Steering COMMITTEE Members
Employer: DWF LLP
Job title: Solicitor
Why are you involved in iCAN: To work with talented volunteers in creating a cross-industry network which seeks to promote a more inclusive industry for those from a multicultural background.
Job title: Partnerships Director
Why are you involved in iCAN: The longevity of our industry depends on reflecting our clients and customers and there is a very clear business case as to why we should be focusing on BAME initiatives such as iCAN. I am also on the Steering Committee for TNON BAME / Multicultural (The Network of Networks) and through my work here I can see the real value of the networks and the changes a network can make to someone’s career. I am passionate about this area and really encourage people to get involved!
Employer: Zurich Insurance
Job title: Strategic Operations at Zurich Insurance| Chair, Cultural Network|Empowerment Advocate|Mentor|Mental Health First Aider
Why are you involved in iCAN:I'm delighted to be a member of the iCAN committee this year, to help drive our grassroots cultural diversity efforts across the industry; but most empowering for me is being able to freely and openly offer coaching & mentoring and career development support to our increasingly wide range of BAME colleagues, of all ages and business areas. I’m an advocate of developing people and challenging thinking; so it is a pleasure to help our rich talent to navigate, to succeed & reach their top potential. Helping each other is extremely fulfilling but importantly it is just simply good for our business. Particularly and personally, having a mentor throughout each stage of my career has been instrumental in opening my eyes (and ears) to overcoming obstacles. I was inspired to make sure I share these same opportunities with my BAME colleagues who want to learn from my experiences.”
Employer: Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty
Job title: Global Head of Internal Communications
Why are you involved in iCAN: Our customers are diverse and reflect all aspects of our society - it is important for us to ensure that our industry takes this into account in how they do business, both internally and externally.
Job title: Claims Client Relationship Manager
Why are you involved in iCAN:Whilst the insurance industry is starting to realise the importance of Diversity & Inclusion and taking this more seriously, conversations about race, religion and cultural diversity are still largely unaddressed. I feel there is more we should be doing to increase the cultural awareness of our industry and to ensure we are bringing in and developing the best talent from all different backgrounds. As well as setting up a Cultural Awareness Network at Chubb, being part of iCAN has given me the opportunity to share ideas, broaden my network and hopefully make a difference on a larger scale.
Job title: Senior Internal Auditor
Why are you involved in iCAN:I am involved in iCAN because I would like to work in a truly diverse and inclusive environment and I am passionate about the goals we’ve set ourselves. I believe we can work together to develop lasting mentor/mentee relationships, that could be life-changing.
Job title: Data Products & Service Developer
Why are you involved in iCAN:I want to work towards not only attracting more people from BAME backgrounds into the industry, but also retaining their talent and helping them lead successful, long term careers. This will help create a more inclusive and multicultural environment across the industry, and I believe iCAN can play a key role towards this objective.
Employer: Midway Insurance Services Ltd
Job title: Accounts Executive
Why are you involved in iCAN:I am involved in iCAN to help tackle the lack of representation of leaders from culturally diverse backgrounds, lack of multicultural specific Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) and lack of role models from a multicultural background. Also to work with mentors and interract with like minded individuals who see the benefit of a diverse and inclusive industry.
Job title: Operations Team Leader
Why are you involved in iCAN: I am on the Steering Committee for iCAN because I would like everyone to be afforded the same opportunities across the board. From a young age, I was taught that there are good people and bad people in the world that can only be judged based on their actions as a person not on what they look like. I believe we should only look to judge someone based on merits; our successes and failures determine who we are - irrespective of a characteristic or a label someone may assign you.