James Mee, RPC

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What is your role?
Head of Corporate Insurance

James’ story
I started working in the legal industry in 1995, joined RPC in 2004 and in recent years have led the creation of RPC’s transactional and advisory insurance business. I joined the Link Committee before the formal launch in 2013, and succeeded Erik Johnson as a Co-Chair in 2015.

The Link Committee and network includes so many able, dedicated, talented and good people. Guides like this wouldn’t be possible without so many people giving freely of their time and skills. My focus has been on joining up Link with corporate supporters and influencers across the market, and continuing to challenge the Committee on what role Link plays in the market. We’ve also been working to ensure that the Committee has a succession plan and new members continue to join. Fresh ideas and energy are vital. And, of course, I attend as many events as possible – perhaps the most rewarding aspect of being involved is making friends at all levels across the market.

What was your first motivation to be involved with the LGBT+ community? How has this positively influenced your experience?
To some extent, we all stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before. That’s certainly true in my case. My former partner, the late Robin Reilly, was a founder member of Link. He also co-led Accenture’s LGBT network (in that time, Accenture became #1 in the Stonewall WEI). Robin pushed me to become involved with Link in early 2013, and also to engage more fully in D&I within RPC. He was correct to say that I needed to use the privilege of my leadership position to help to foster a more inclusive and enabling environment for others – and to be visible in doing so. In doing so, I’ve learnt a huge amount, been inspired by a good number of people, and made many friends.

Can you describe the moment you realised you were a role model?
It was when I was told I needed to do better! I had a position of leadership and influence that I wasn’t using as fully as I might. I’ve tried to remedy that ever since.

What do you do on a day to day basis to be a positive role model?
First and foremost, remember one is always dealing with people. Everyone matters. Show respect and do what I can to help others. Many of us in the market are in incredibly fortunate positions.

I speak about Link, LGBT+ and D&I matters regularly. Through my work as well as through Link I spend a lot of time with people right across the market. I try to involve them in what we are doing and support their efforts in return.