About us

Our mission statement
Core values of IRLA members
Services to Legacy Business Award
IRLA information briefings and training
IRLA Events
IRLA Young Professionals Group
Accredited CPD training
IRLA Committees

Our mission statement

IRLA’s mission is to be an exciting and dynamic platform for insurance and reinsurance legacy professionals from the UK, European and worldwide markets, to network, share expertise and best practice, enhance learning and continue to innovate.

Core values of IRLA members:

  • Demonstrate leadership and professionalism;
  • Earn stakeholder trust and respect through ethical and best practice;
  • Promote innovation for the benefit of the market;
  • Develop sector skills and expertise through continued education and professional development;
  • Promote inclusion and diversity.

Services to Legacy Business Award:

This, as its name suggests, is to recognise exceptional service to the legacy / discontinued business sector over a number of years. Each year the board members of IRLA take some time to consider if someone has achieved this, if so employer, client and peer support are sought to support the nomination.  More than just long service, the winner will have contributed significantly to the development and enhancement of the sector over the years and will be recognised by market practitioners as having had a major positive influence on the legacy sector. This Award is not about contribution to the profits or prestige of a particular employer, but rather about a contribution to the sector as a whole, for example, through innovation, improving professionalism, or acting as an ambassador to the wider business community.

2021 winner – Leslie-Ann Giovnilli, AMS (Outsourcing), IRLA Head of Academy

Leslie-Ann’s nomination came in part recognition of her tireless work during lockdown to keep the association communicating with its membership and maintaining contracts and engagement to keep events such as the annual Congress viable. She said that ‘my passion for legacy and IRLA in particular can make me quite single minded, but with so many career opportunities for people in our marketplace I believe we should all find work that we are happy to get out of bed each day for.’

There was a natural standing ovation from the 280 plus people in the room

You can see a full list of past winners of the award by clicking here.

IRLA information briefings and training

Through IRLA’s well-established Academy programme, members benefit from contemporaneous detail directly from leading speakers and market influencers globally.

IRLA members also receive regular e-newsletters and e-circulars to help keep them informed of all sector news.

Continuing Professional Development

IRLA’s Academy practices a high standard of technical and other relevant training providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) by following a rigorous, independent assessment of our training against acknowledged market CPD Accreditation standards focusing on our:

Transparency – participants can easily identify the potential value and learning objectives

Quality – the training must be delivered to the highest possible standards.

Professional development – the programme must deliver tangible benefits to our membership in relation to their professional development.

These courses may also contribute to accountants, lawyers and other professions Continuing Professional Development requirements. For full details of the different CPD requirements click the button below.

IRLA Committees

From Mem & Arts.  40. Delegation of powers:

The Directors may delegate any of their powers to any committee consisting of one or more Directors. Any such delegation may be made subject to any conditions the Directors may impose, and either collaterally with or to the exclusion of their own powers and may be revoked or altered. Subject to any such conditions, the proceedings of a committee with two or more members shall be governed by the Articles regulating the proceedings of Directors so far as they are capable of applying.

All Committee chairmen have the power to instigate and approve committee actions and then to inform the Board of their decisions, without further need to seek approval and decisions regarding Committee business at Board meetings. 

There are five serving committees:


Ambassador – Adam Horridge, adam_horridge@swissre.com

Purpose: To discuss and recommend a series of learning events to promote legacy and its value amongst the Asian market

Regulation and lobbying

Director Tom Alcock – tom.alcock@fticonsulting.com + 44 (0)7816 189898

Purpose: To keep current on all relevant changes in compliance/regulations and act as a conduit for members and the regulators.

Personal (Head of Academy) Director Liam Bedford – liam.bedford@kennedyslaw.com + 44 (0) 7870 908922

Purpose: To suggest training themes and construct the annual programme of courses with recommended trainers and learning objectives, following the agreed criteria for each type of training

Young Professionals
Chairman & Director – Richard Burrows richard.burrows@weightmans.com + 44 (0) 151 242 6663

Purpose: To discuss and recommend a series of events, members initiatives and benefits for the younger professional member.

Legacy Claims  Committee (a separate legal entity)
Chairman – Michael Mackenzie  michael.mackenzie@pro-global.com + 44 (0) 7715 920809

Purpose: To respond to regulatory, judicial and legislative change in EL (&PL) legacy matters and to seek consensus in maintaining and refining market best practice with particular reference to time exposed losses, while recognising and adhering to prevailing competition rules

If you have any questions or queries on the following CSR matters please contact alpesh.patel@enstargroup.com in the first instance.

The IRLA Board believe that an important principle of leadership is to set a positive example regarding fair and ethical behaviour, and that IRLA members will respond positively in their own behaviours based on what they see of the Board’s conduct. To this end our Corporate Social Responsibility aims can be found here.