This is me – Being out as an Ally

The Aviva Blog - 17 May 2016
Subjects: International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.
Author: Laurence Beckett

Aviva's Laurence Beckett shares his thoughts on why we need more out LGBT allies in the work place and describes what a rewarding experience it is to be one.

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Andy Briggs

Andy Briggs

Andy joined the Board of Aviva plc in April 2015 as chief executive officer of Aviva UK Life, to lead Aviva’s enlarged UK Life business following the acquisition of Friends Life Group Limited where he was group chief executive.

He has over 25 years of operational and executive experience in the insurance industry across life assurance and general insurance.

Andy is Government Business Champion for Older Workers with Business in the Community.

Sarah Poulter

Sarah Poulter

Sarah Poulter is a member of Aviva’s UK external comms team, having worked for the company for 10 years. She has a keen interest in consumer and social affairs and was responsible for developing many of Aviva’s flagship reports, including Real Retirement, Family Finances and the Home report series.

Steve Bridger

Steve Bridger

Steve Bridger is Managing Director of Group Protection at Aviva plc. 

Steve has worked in the group risk industry for over 25 years, joining Aviva in 2003, with roles previously at Zurich & Unum, building an extensive understanding of the market, the products & the competition.

Steve is responsible for the Group Protection business at Aviva, including strategy, propositions, actuarial, underwriting, operations, claims (group life, group income protection and group critical illness) and sales.

He is a member of the GRiD (market trade body) Steering Committee and the ABI’s Protection Committee; promoting and enhancing the protection market and is passionate about being able to give employees access to invaluable protection benefits through the workplace.

Outside of work Steve is married with 2 children, Harry and Charlotte. He is a long-suffering and resilient West Ham United fan and likes his cars.

Anthony Beilin

Anthony Beilin

Anthony is a member of the Innovation team in our UK Digital business.  This team identify and test emerging concepts which have the potential to transform or disrupt the insurance industry, and ultimately deliver a great experience for our customers.

Laurence Beckett

Laurence Beckett has been working with Aviva since 1989 and is currently the People Director for Retirement Solutions in UK Life.  Laurence is a passionate supporter of the Diversity agenda and is currently the Allies Lead for Aviva Pride. He is a signed member of #heforshe and co-chairs the ‘Fuller Working Lives’ Government Strategy Group.

Nick Emmerson

Nick Emmerson

Nick Emmerson works in the UK Digital Customer Experience team, with a particular focus on mapping current and future customer experiences.  He has worked for Aviva for 18 years in Life Customer Services, Global IT Operations and UK Digital where he has led multiple teams and departments.

 

David Schofield

David Schofield is Group Head of Corporate Responsibility for Aviva. He leads the Aviva group CR team in their work on areas including good governance and community development, including the group’s three year partnership with the British Red Cross, helping communities prepare for, and respond to, crises.

Matt Deakin

Matt Deakin

Matt has worked at Aviva for 10 years in the field of CSR, and is currently UK Environment Manager working on sustainability reporting, strategy and projects including the UK element of the British Red Cross partnership.

Paula Thomsen

Paula Thomsen

Paula Thomsen is Head of Assurance for Aviva in the UK.  She’s worked in software testing for 25 years.  Most of this time has been spent at Aviva, but Paula has also spent time working for a large diesel engine manufacturer in the North of England.  Paula says:  “The reason I continue to enjoy working at Aviva is the emphasis we place on creating a legacy and caring more, whilst recognising the significant benefits this brings to Aviva, our customers and our people

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid

Andrew Reid is Director of Financial and International Communications in the Group Communications team at Aviva.

Hugo Deadman

Hugo Deadman

Hugo works in the Group Communications team at Aviva, and has special responsibility for drafting speeches.  Outside work he watches football, keeps chickens and is just about to start training for ministry in the Church of England.

Amy Chen

Amy Chen

Amy Chen is Senior Counsel in the Aviva Group’s Legal team. 

Liz Kennett

Liz Kennett

Liz Kennett is a Media Relations Manager in the Aviva UK General Insurance press office and is responsible for home, travel and pet insurance queries.

Dr Steve Waygood

Dr Steve Waygood

Steve leads Aviva Investors’ Global Responsible Investment team which is responsible for integrating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues across Aviva Investors’ c£250bn of assets under management.

Iain Hamilton

Iain Hamilton is the UK GI's Head of Pricing and Underwriting. He began his career with Aviva in Feb 1996 in Household and Commercial Property Claims. He then undertook a secondment in our Customer Complaints Team before moving to Pricing in 1999 where he has been ever since.

 

Stuart Wright

Stuart Wright Property and Facilities Director Aviva plc

Stuart Wright is Property & Facilities Director at Aviva Plc, responsible for operational property and facilities activity across the Aviva Group.  Before joining Aviva, Stuart worked at PA Consulting Group and served in the Royal Engineers. Stuart is Chair of the Living Wage Foundation Advisory Council.

Hazel Johnson

Hazel works as the Head of Household claims in Perth and also leads our Major Incident Response for UKGI. Hazel started work for Norwich Union in 1999 and has held numerous claims roles over the years, most notably starting systems thinking in Bodily Injury Bishopbriggs.

Lauren Peel

Lauren Peel

Lauren is the Media Relations Manager for UK Life here at Aviva. She is also the Deputy Chair for Aviva Prive, Aviva's LGBT Network.

 

 

Steve Davis

Steve Davis has worked for Aviva for 24 years, beginning his career in Actuarial. He has worked in the bonds service area and has been offshore three times supporting the business in Pune, India. Steve now works as a Project Manager in Product Governance fixing errors made on policies which have led to customer or fund detriment.

Damian Cross

Damian Cross

Damian Cross has worked at Aviva for over 8 years within GI property claims and has worked within the property sectors private/public & asset management for over 20 years. Damian was recently admitted as an Honorary fellow of the British Damage Management Association for amongst other things driving collaboration between all major incident response parties for the benefits of the customers & communities. He is committed to leaving a clear legacy in how the insurance market & associated partners respond to communities in their time of need and has provided input into the recently produced BSI 12999 code of practice for the organisation & management of assets following incident damage.

Adam Uszpolewicz

Adam Uszpolewicz

Adam Uszpolewicz is CEO of Aviva Poland.

Gavin Scaife

Gavin Scaife

Gavin Scaife has been a technical consultant for Asprea (Aviva) for the last 8 years.  He has worked in domestic and commercial claims for the last 18 years across a number of different insurers and loss adjusters, initially starting his career in motor claims and underwriting. 

Amanda Mackenzie

Amanda Mackenzie is a member of Aviva's Group Executive currently on secondment to Project Everyone, working with the UN to make the Global Goals for Sustainable Development famous.

Zelda Bentham

Zelda joined Aviva in 1989 and is the Group Head of Sustainability focusing on global challenges affecting our customers, our business and the insurance sector.

Dave Lovely

Dave Lovely

Dave Lovely is the global claims director at Aviva general insurance 

Steve Waygood

Dr Steve Waygood

Steve Waygood is Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Aviva plc

Simon Oswald

Simon Oswald

Simon Oswald is UK Public Policy Manager at Aviva plc

Sam White

Sam is the global lead on sustainability issues at Aviva.

Victor Riega

Victor Riega 2

Victor Riega joined Aviva in November 2010 and is the Group CR Governance and Risk Consultant. His role includes responsibility in human rights policy, non-financial reporting, business ethics and ESG indices and surveys.

Karen Arthur

Karen Arthur

Karen Arthur has worked at Aviva for 25 years and is the Manager of the Tenants Contents Insurance Unit.

Maurice Tulloch

Maurice Tulloch - The Aviva Blog

Maurice joined Aviva in 1992 and is chief executive officer of Aviva UK & Ireland General Insurance with responsibility for leading Aviva's largest general insurance business.

Joe Booth

Joe Booth

Joe is an Internal Communications Consultant in Aviva’s Global Communications team. 

Andrew Brem

Andrew brem

Andrew joined Aviva in December 2014 as chief digital officer.  Andrew is accountable for driving Aviva’s group-wide digital transformation which will have a significant impact on every aspect of our interactions with customers.

Diane Chapman

Diane Chapman

Diane Chapman is a Creditor Risk & Governance Manager at Aviva UK, working to ensure we manage our business risks and ensure we comply with all our regulations to protect our customers and brand reputation. Diane is also an Aviva Corporate Responsibility Champion.

Anna Stone

Anna Stone

Anna Stone was appointed Group Archivist of Aviva in November 2000.

She discovered archives as a career half way through a degree in History at Exeter University. After a year of work experience in the archive section at Lloyds TSB, she took her MA in archives and records management at University College London. This included further work placements at BT and the Bank of England. Her first job after qualifying was as deputy archivist for Guinness based in an old hop store on the Park Royal Brewery.

Her first task on joining Aviva was to set up a new group archive in Norwich and transfer to it the archives of General Accident and Commercial Union which were then stored in Perth and London.

Alicia Jennings

Alicia Jennings

Alicia Jennings works in the Aviva Group Reporting team as a Senior Project Manager responsible for managing the corporate reporting suite. 

Louise Colley

Louise Colley

Louise has worked for Aviva for twenty-six years (across all brands CU, CGU, NU and Aviva) and has gained a wealth of experience working across Strategy, Distribution, Marketing and propositions development for Annuities, Pensions and Protection.

 Louise is currently the Managing Director of Protection and a member of the Life Executive team.

Nick Mayhew

Nick Mayhew

Nick Mayhew is a Claims Supply Chain Manager in UK General Insurance. He has worked for Aviva since 2011, and is currently part of the Property Supply Chain Team.

Paul Heybourne

Paul Heybourne

Paul is our Global Digital Innovation Lead with a focus on both internal and external idea sources and has a track record of bringing new innovations to market, including moving traditional traded products online, digitising back office process, and leading our engagement with the start up technology community.

 

Julie Higman

Julie Higman

Julie Higman has worked in Aviva's Income Protection team for over 16 years.

Matthew Parkhouse

Matthew Parkhouse meets Pudsey

Matt Parkhouse is a communications consultant in Aviva's retail operations communications team.  He is responsible for communications, local corporate responsibility projects and supporting fundraising and volunteering events.

Umang Patel

Umang Patel

Dr Umang Patel is clinical transformation lead at Aviva UK Health

Alison Cole

Alison Cole

Alison Cole works in the UK life Risk team supporting the Chief Risk Officer and her team who manage and analyse Risk. 

Robert Ledger

Robert Ledger

Robert has worked in the insurance industry for 26 years, predominantly within Aviva and its legacy companies. Robert's background includes sales, marketing, operational and telematics based roles.

Joanne Goddard

Joanne Goddard

Joanne Goddard is the Group Head of Corporate Responsibility Governance and Engagement at Aviva plc. She has responsibility of communicating and managing Aviva’s corporate responsibility to internal and external stakeholders including the Living Wage Foundation.  

Simon Warsop

Simon Warsop

Simon has been with Aviva for 15 years and is the general insurance chief underwriting officer for personal lines.

James Dalby

James Dalby is Market Intelligence Manager in Aviva's UK Life business. James has worked in financial services for 20 years and has always been focussed on investment related matters.     

Sue Winston

Sue Winston

Head of communications at Aviva plc

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