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
Annual Report
Diversity & Inclusion
IRLA Code of Conduct


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.

2019 winner – Geraldine Quirk, Partner, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

Geraldine was elected by a group of her peers with her reputation as one of the ‘go to’ lawyers in the legacy regulatory area. This annual 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. Ms Quirke was the thirteenth recipient of the Award and the first female winner, in a year of two female winners.

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

The 2020 Awards will be made at Congress, November 2020 in Brighton.

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.

IRLA Events

Our Annual Dinner, Congress and networking events calendar features excellent and regular peer networking opportunities.

IRLA Young Professionals Group

In 2013 the IRLA Young Professionals Group (YPG) was launched.

YPG (under 35’s) is for students, trainees, associates and those with around 5 years’ experience or less from all disciplines, working in and with the insurance and reinsurance industry. It gives an opportunity to network among peers, to share best practice and career tips, whilst learning and benefiting from the guidance and contacts of highly-experienced IRLA mentors who are sector experts.

YPG runs its own programme of events and helps to select Academy content that is relevant for entry-level members.

Accredited CPD training

IRLA’s Academy has year on year successfully achieved CII Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Accreditation, which recognises their quality and relevance to meeting the professional development needs of their participants.

A CPD licence runs for the course of one year and is renewable by application to the CII having successfully undergone a rigorous, independent assessment of our training against CII 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 CII’s 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.

CPD requirements

For more details please contact leslieann.giovnilli@irla-international.com

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 chairman 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:

Learning & Development
Programme Manager – Leslie-Ann Giovnilli, leslieann.giovnilli@irla-international.com

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.

Member Communication
Communication Leader – James Bolton, jbolton@quest-group.co.uk

Purpose: To create and recommend members’ initiatives for IRLA; to improve internal and external communications.  Committee members are brand ambassadors and agree to promote and cascade in all relevant circumstances.

Chairman – Mark Everiss, meveriss@cooley.com

Purpose: To create, manage and drive the member and external events for IRLA.

Young Professionals
Chairman – Amy Berry, amy.berry@pwc.com 

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

Legacy Committee (a separate legal entity)
Chairman – Ian Harvey, Pro Global, ian.harvey@pro-global.com +44 7837 204011

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.

The following companies are members of the Legacy Committee – Allianz, Armour Risk, BAI Claims, Catalina, Compre, Enstar (EU), Pro Global, R&QIH, RSA, RSML, Swiss Re and Zurich.

You can reach us on cosec@irlalcl.co.uk or call us on +44 203 026 3336

IRLA Annual Report 2019

Click here to view IRLA’s Annual Report for 2019.

Diversity & Inclusion

We will foster an inclusive working environment where difference is embraced and where people feel valued and respected. We incorporate equality into our core objectives, making every effort to eliminate discrimination, create equal opportunities and develop good working relationships between different people.

Please click here for History of Women in Insurance & The Financial Lives of Women in the UK

IRLA Code of Conduct

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. The Board pledge to treat all members with courtesy and ask the same in return. The Board also asks that members treat fellow members and Association/AMS staff with respect, without aggression, abuse or harassment.

Association Directors and Association/AMS staff have the right to perform their duties and to assist others without fear of being assaulted, threatened, verbally abused or discriminated against. Any actions, unintentional or otherwise, whether physical or verbal (including threatening or abusive language made in person, over the telephone or in written communication), which cause members, Directors or Association/AMS staff to feel threatened, uncomfortable or embarrassed are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

A single incident can amount to harassment and will be treated seriously. Any reported act or threat of physical or verbal abuse, or discrimination will be reported to the member’s employer with details of the incident.

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