About: Inga Beale
Dame Inga Beale is an acknowledged business leader in financial services and a popular keynote speaker. Inga was CEO of Lloyd’s of London from 2013 – 2018.
She was the first woman to be appointed to this position in the 326 years of the company’s history. She was also the first leader to move the company from paper-based to digital. She helped move the culture from one that was male dominated to one that was more inclusive and diverse. During her tenure, saw the opening of the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab, and expanding the market’s access across new, high-growth markets including China, Dubai, and India.
Inga’s career began in 1982 with Prudential, where she trained as an underwriter, specialising in international treaty reinsurance. Joining General Electric in 1992 as an underwriter in their insurance division, she eventually rose to a central management position in 2001.
Remaining with GE until 2006, and undertaking senior leadership roles in Paris and Munich, Inga then moved to Swiss reinsurance firm Converium. Here she led a major turnaround of the business before it was acquired by SCOR in 2007.
In 2008, Inga Beale joined Zurich Insurance Group as a member of their Group Management Board. The following year she was named the group’s Global Chief Underwriting Officer, before she became the Group CEO at Canopius, the prominent Lloyd’s managing agent, until 2013. In December 2013, Inga was announced as the new CEO of Lloyd’s of London,
Throughout her career, Inga has been a strong proponent of inclusion and equality in the workplace, which contributed to her particular success in addressing numerous problems within Lloyd’s of London regarding chauvinism. Inga was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2017 New Year Honours for her services to the economy.
Dame Inga Beale is a leading figure of equality and inclusion, not only for women but for all no matter how they identify. Making headlines as the first female CEO of Lloyds of London, Inga spearheaded the company as the first female CEO in their 320+ years of operation, shaping the company’s inclusion policies.
Now booked as a female motivational speaker, Inga Beale is able to cover topics such as creating an inclusive workplace, modernising tradition, changing risk landscape and cultural change.
Currently, Inga is the Chair of Mediclinic, a Supervisory Board member for the NN Group and a Non-Executive Director for Crawford & Company.
Throughout her career, Inga Beale has made it her mission to create inclusive workplaces, which has seen her ranked 1st on the OUTstanding & FT Leading LGBT Executives List– the first woman and bisexual person to be ranked on this list. Appalled by the standards of equality within the workplace, Inga pushes the importance of creating inclusive workplaces and shares her successes as a woman in a male-dominated sector.
Other prominent roles of Inga’s include being the Board Director and President of the Chartered Insurance Institute, Global Chief Underwriting Officer for Zurich Insurance Company, Group CEO of the Canopius Group and Group CEO of Converium.
With almost four decades of experience throughout the financial and insurance sector, Inga has become a role model for driving agendas of diversity, inclusion and equality- having set up LGBT support and resource groups and LGBT Insurance Networks.
Gaining a reputation for her ability to implement progressive policies in the workplace, Inga now offers guidance in the form of consulting and keynote talks to businesses on inclusion.
As an openly bisexual businesswoman, Inga Beale utilises her first-hand experiences of discrimination and homophobia, to empower other businesses to support their LGBT+ employees. Inga was the first women and bisexual person to be named on the Outstanding & FT Leading LGBT Executive Power List, a testament to her influence on the industry.
Creating an Inclusive Workplace
Inga talks from experience, addressing taboo topics, about building inclusive environments that enable all employees to thrive at work.
She is passionate about empowering women in business, breaking through glass ceilings and discusses how firms can foster inclusive workplace environments.
A Journey of Cultural and Technological Change
Lloyd’s of London was founded in 1688, and needed to modernise to compete with today’s technology. Inga was hired as CEO to do this massive transformation.
She shares her story of cultural and technologies changes put in place as part of this process, and gives advice for driving successful business transformation.