Women in Insurance

HFG WII Logohave always supported diversity within the insurance industry.  Historically the insurance industry has been built and established predominantly through a veritable network of ‘boys clubs’, therefore HFG identified that there was a need to provide a network for the female workforce to come together to offer support, networking and advice away from the office environment.

Our events consist of two speakers from the insurance industry, a charity raffle and networking session – all held in a convenient venue in the heart of the insurance industry.  The event provides an opportunity to gain an insight into the careers of two senior level insurance professionals and also the ability to network with colleagues and peers.

PREVIOUS EVENT: Tuesday 8th March – International Women’s Day, Davy’s Wine Bar Plantation Place

We were pleased to welcome the following speakers to our event.

KByrne_3992Kathy Byrne – Managing Director 
Askis Limited 

Kathy Byrne is an actuary, author and vineyard owner.  Her insurance experience covers an eclectic mix of life, investment and general insurance products.

Outside the insurance world, she was involved in setting up a new savings business from scratch and is a Non-Executive Director of Alpasión Vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina.

Kathy discussed her career path through insurance and how she has overcome any challenges along the way.

Matthew Maddocks – Head of Underwriting Strategy
Sirius Group

Having worked in the insurance industry for over 20 years, Mat has worked in a variety of Lloyd’s Syndicates in an actuarial and underwriting capacity.

Mat talked about about how diversity has changed over the years, how unconscious bias still has a hold on the decisions we make and the behaviours we embody and finally how it is important is it to ‘Be Yourself’.


Theresa Farrenson – IT Partner
Theresa has over 20 years’ experience in IT and is currently an IT Partner at Aon.

She has been a member of Aon Pride Alliance since its inception in 2008 and is also a founder member and co-chair of LGBT Insurance Network (Link).  Link is a professional network for members of the LGBT community and their allies who work in the insurance sector.

Theresa is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is on a mission to improve the profile of the Insurance Industry and encourage it to capitalise on diverse teams to improve innovation and ultimately profitability.

Theresa focused on diversity and how LINK is hoping to encourage these changes.

“Thank you for hosting such a great event. The speakers were both great choices & spoke really well”

                            “I would like to thank HFG for the invitation to their Women in Insurance event.  It was a great networking opportunity for me”

“I just wanted to say a quick thank you for hosting the Women in Insurance event last night and your hospitality.  We had a great time and gained useful advice from the speakers”

If you would like to get involved with our Women in Insurance events, either as a speaker or to attend, please join our Linkedin group for more information.

If you would like to be made aware of our next event please email: marketing@hfg.co.uk or join our LinkedIn group: http://bit.do/HFGWii