London First, the capital’s leading business campaign group, today 10 January announced that Dame Inga Beale will join its board.
Dame Inga, the former chief executive of Lloyd’s of London, will assume her role with immediate effect. She will join other senior business leaders on the board in helping to steer London First through a challenging period for the capital. Board members include Angela Jain, managing director of ITV Studios; David Sproul, chief executive of Deloitte UK; Peter Norris, chairman of Virgin Group; and Martin Brok, president of Starbucks EMEA.
The first female CEO in over three centuries of Lloyd’s of London’s history, Dame Inga has over three decades of experience in global financial services, including holding senior leadership positions with General Electric, turning around Swiss reinsurance firm Converium, sitting on the Group Management Board of Zurich Insurance Group, and as Group CEO at Canopius, the prominent Lloyd’s managing agent.
She 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 is currently Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures, and a member of the London Mayor’s Business Advisory Board, the UK Government’s Public Service Leadership Taskforce. Her philanthropic interests include being a member of Stonewall’s Development Council and the England Rugby Football Union Try for Change Board.
Paul Drechsler CBE, Chairman of London First,said:
“Dame Inga is a passionate champion of our city and a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion.
“With a wealth of experience in the financial and insurance markets, Dame Inga will be a fantastic asset to our board.
“Against a backdrop of political and economic uncertainty, Dame Inga’s experience and insight will help us to ensure businesses in our capital continue to thrive and deliver growth for the whole of the UK.”
Dame Inga Beale added:
“London First has a critical role to play in campaigning on the issues that make the capital the best place for business to invest, and for Londoners to live and work – whether that’s keeping us open to global talent or pushing for more housing, and better transport links.
“London is one of the most exciting places in the world to be right now, and I am looking forward to representing the rich diversity of the city’s business community – from financial services to the latest tech and digital start-ups.”
Over the course of its 25-year history, London First has been at the forefront of identifying solutions to the capital’s challenges. It was instrumental in creating the role of Mayor of London and the capital’s first Chief Digital Officer, as well as pioneering the educational charity Teach First. Most recently, London First has successfully campaigned on ensuring the Government’s apprenticeship levy is more effective, and it continues to press for action to ensure firms can access the talent the economy needs from around the globe; to increase housing supply and to tackle transport congestion.
Details of London First’s board can be found here.
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