The former CEO of Lloyd’s of London, Dame Inga Beale is a British
businesswoman with over three decades of experience in the financial services
sector. Inga led the global insurance market through a dramatic period of
modernisation, opening the Lloyd’s Innovation Lab, expanding the company’s
global access, and challenging the ‘old boys’ club’ image of the 330-year-old
Prior to joining Lloyd’s, Inga held a variety of international leadership positions
for GE Insurance Solutions, before becoming Group CEO of Swiss reinsurer
Converium. She was then on the Global Management Board of Zurich Insurance
Group, until she became Group CEO of Canopius, one of the top insurers in
During her time at Lloyd’s, Inga developed a culture of innovation,
modernisation, and inclusion. She expanded the company’s reach to new, highgrowth markets including Asia and the Middle East and delivered some of Lloyd’s strongest financial results. As the first female CEO of Lloyd’s, she played a key role in changing cultural perceptions and highlighting the importance of diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, Lloyd’s launched a number of diversity initiatives, including the Dive In Festival, which grew to become the only world-wide
insurance industry diversity and inclusion event.
Drawing on her experience at Lloyd’s, Inga discusses what it means to lead cultural
change and steer a company through a technological transition without losing its
core character. Her talks uncover how successful transformation means
establishing a balance between tradition and history, and modernity and
innovation. Moreover, she tackles breaking glass ceilings, and building inclusive
environments within the workplace. Inga also analyses the reasons behind a lack of
trust in both governments and the corporate sector, as well as the rise in public
emphasis on corporate responsibility, purpose, ethics, and sustainable business
Inga is a Patron of Insuring Women’s Futures, an alliance of insurance and personal
finance professionals helping to improve women’s long-term financial resilience.
She served as a member of Stonewall’s Development Council and was awarded a
Damehood for her influential work in driving the inclusion agenda for women and
the LGBT community.
She has served as President of the UK Chartered Insurance Institute, a member of
the Geneva Association Board, and a member of the UK Government’s Financial
Services Trade and Investment Board. She serves as Chair of the healthcare group
Mediclinic International, and also sits on boards of the claims handlers Crawford &
Company, the business group London First, and is a member of the London
Mayor’s Business Advisory Board. She is also the President of the British Swiss
Chamber of Commerce.