New cross-sector task force to improve women’s resilience to risk

Posted On: 
28th November 2017

Senior leaders from across the insurance profession are joining forces to improve women’s resilience to risk. The new task force is being formed as part of the Insuring Women’s Futures (IWF) programme and will develop new and innovative solutions to the risks that women face in life. 

IWF is a programme of change led by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) to improving the sector’s knowledge of women’s risks, the representation of women at every level of the profession and access to solutions to those risks. 

This new task force will focus on three key areas:

  • Improving awareness among women of the risks they face in life and engagement with the existing solutions
  • Developing joined-up policy interventions
  • Identifying new and improved insurance solutions to women's risks.

The task force will concentrate on setting the priorities for positive change and galvanising the profession into action. It will work in conjunction with a number of working groups that will look at tactical activity to drive change, facilitated by the CII.

The task force comprises the following senior representatives:





Anthony Baldwin

CEO, AIG Europe

Aviva Life

Andy Curran

MD Pensions & Investments


Darrell Sansom

Chief Marketing Officer, AXA UK


Joanne Musselle

Chief Underwriting Officer

Legal &General

Cheryl Agius

CEO General Insurance

Liverpool Victoria

Mike Crane

Broker Managing Director

Money Advice Service

Helen White

Head of Financial Capability

Swiss Re

Russell Higginbotham

Head of Life and Health products

Scottish Widows

Jackie Leiper

Director of Employer Relationships

Virgin Money

Emily Cox

Director of Public Affairs


Sally Burrowes

Director of Legal & Business Support


David White

MD Life & Savings

To date 20 firms have expressed positive support for the initiative, offering direct input to the working groups in addition to the taskforce itself; including: Aegon; AIG; Aviva; AXA; British Friendly Society; Chubb; Covea; Hiscox; Legal & General; Liverpool Victoria; Money Advice Service; MS Amlin; Prudential; QBE; RSA; Scottish Widows; Swiss Re; Virgin Money; XL Catlin; Zurich

Sian Fisher, Chief Executive Officer of the CII, commented: “Women today are increasingly left high and dry as the daily pressure of modern life rises, while the historic support systems recede. It's a problem that affects men too, but to a lesser extent. This new task force will collaborate to drive real change for the benefit of society, helping to raise awareness and engagement among women of the risks they face in life, and how our profession can empower them to improve their resilience.”

Inga Beale, Patron of the IWF programme, CEO of Lloyd’s and President of the CII commented: “Women are less engaged with insurance protection products and services than men, and as a consequence are under-protected. That is a risk for society, not just for women. This new task force will bring together expertise in a range of areas to work with the insurance profession to address this issue and drive real change.”