Mission

Link's mission is to create and maintain workplaces that attract and retain the best LGBT+ talent to the insurance industry.

Link works towards this goal through a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lens, while being inclusive of all types of diversity.

 

Vision

Develop inclusive workplaces that allows LGBT+ insurance professionals to further their careers in an environment where an individual’s sexuality or gender identity is not a barrier to success.

Ensure the economic case for cultivating inclusive workplaces and LGBT+ issues are on the agendas of all executive committees within the insurance sector.

To be an access point for knowledge and resources regarding the very best global practices and policies in relation to LGBT+ and diversity and inclusion issues.

Provide welcoming and inclusive networking opportunities and events to encourage the cross fertilisation of ideas and best practice.

Partner with experts in the field in order to assess and benchmark how the insurance sector compares with others in order to identify the key LGBT+ issues and prioritise activities.

History

Link was formed in the summer of 2012 with the establishment of a Steering Committee. This was followed by a formal launch of the network in March 2013 with an event at the Chartered Insurance Institute. The launch event was attended by over 150 insurance professionals and included a panel discussion with leading insurance executives and diversity and inclusion experts. 

The founding seventeen Steering Committee members were - Richard Beaven; Phoebe Bloomfield; Mark Campbell; Peter Davis; Kristof de Bremme; Theresa Farren; Eva-Jane Galliers; Thomas Harris; Laura Hodgson; Erik Johnson; Greg Lowe; Campbell McCord; James Mee; Robin Reilly; Vanessa Rayne; Myles Ruffy; and James Thomas. 

The companies represented on Link's founding Steering Committee were - Lloyds Banking Group; Aviva; Sirius International; Marsh; AIG; Generali; Zurich; XL Re; Norton Rose; Lloyd's of London; PWC; RPC; Accenture; and Catlin.