Graduate Construction Underwriter | Zurich Insurance plc

Currently I am a Graduate Construction Underwriter (engineering lines) for the London Market at Zurich Global Corporate. I have spent the previous 16 months on rotation for the Graduate Programme in Personal Lines strategy and Corporate Casualty claims, gaining both specific technical expertise and also a breadth of understanding about insurance businesses in their entirety. In every rotation I have been focused on making a positive difference to the team or department, for example implementing a new forum in Personal Lines to help improve our products according to specific customer feedback. I have also just become Diploma qualified with the CII having passed all modules with a distinction.

Alongside my day-job and exams, I am on the National Board for our Women’s Innovation Network. For the last year I have strategically lead 10 regional committees across the UK and have recently been given to the opportunity to lead our networking and influencing strategy; this year I have helped form a new group which amalgamates 5 separate women’s networks from across the industry – our first event is a panel debate sponsored by Bloomberg which will be attended by over 250 senior leaders and colleagues in June. I firmly believe that to really create and sustain lasting change, helping our organisations co-ordinate and work together is crucial for success. I recently won an internal ‘outstanding achievement’ award for my work in the network.

Previous to Zurich, I completed an MSc in Sociology at the LSE and also a BA in Sociology from the University of Nottingham where I won the Arthur Radford Award for achieving the top first-class mark in the year.