The IRLA Young Professionals Group (YPG) is a platform for those new to the legacy market, from all disciplines, working in and with the insurance and reinsurance industry, to network, share experience, learn new skills and develop talent. Membership of the YPG is through your organisation’s corporate membership – if you wish to enjoy YPG benefits please contact us to find out if your company is a member.
The IRLA YPG aims to make an active contribution to the legacy sector by organising regular networking events and providing a series of accredited training sessions which promote:
The YPG’s LinknLearn sessions provide members with the opportunity to join in professional training, either as a presenter or participant, with peers in all areas of the legacy sector. Previous LinknLearn sessions include: An Introduction to the London Market, M&A and Restructuring; A Mock Arbitration, Possible Future Claims; and the Basics of Solvency II. These sessions are followed by networking drinks.
As well as the LinknLearn sessions, the YPG also host several social events.
All YPG are also encouraged to attend the learning and development sessions and social events with the wider IRLA group. IRLA aims to provide every YPG member with up to 12 hours free CPD each year. Click here for the events diary.
*following attendance of the preceding LinknLearn event (free of charge)
The IRLA YPG was launched in 2013 under the chairmanship of Hannah Vaughan, of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Since inception, membership has grown to almost 440 members.
This Award was introduced to recognise a young professional employed in the legacy market and the criteria for this Award is as follows:
• Achieving outstanding business outcomes
• Recognised for outstanding customer/client service
• A one to watch for future leadership
The recognition is not just about contribution to the profits or prestige of an employer, but also in having an external awareness of the sector from both a personal development and with a professional attitude in all of their business dealings.
The 2023 Award will be presented at Congress, May 09, 2023 in Brighton and the deadline for nominations is April 13 2023 which must consist of no more than 250 words each from a senior colleague, a client and a peer. Please click here for the form.
Nicola is a Senior Manager in the UK/Europe M&A team, London office. In a very tough competition of seven nominees, Nicola was selected by the judges as she came over as a person who had made a real difference in her business and stood out to clients and peers alike as going above and beyond the expected. There was a genuine warmth and recognition in the nomination comments.
For the list of past Young Professional of the Year Award winners click here
The IRLA YPG mentoring program is a relationship outside of the reporting line that helps individuals to develop their skills, knowledge and behaviours in order to move successfully through the different stages in their careers. The intent of a mentoring relationship is to match a more experienced person who acts
as a listener and guide to a person with less experience in whatever area of business or personal development.
Through the IRLA mentoring program, we aim at pairing experienced leaders and talents from the legacy industry in a mentor-mentee relationship.
“Mentoring has had huge impact for me. For the first 10 years of my time in the London Market it was sink or swim, but then I found myself with a manager who took time to help me adjust my attitudes to match my business skills. He made it clear that railing against the obviously unfair – gender – regime that was the London Market (and my firm) was not the way to succeed. I had to gain insight, develop connections and create networks, in other words the three strands that would ultimately make the change for me, if not the whole marketplace. Since this time, I have participated in more informal career chats as both a mentor and mentee. As part of my career development I have enjoyed sharing my own hard gained wisdom and by talking to others, quite often younger than myself, I have obtained solutions on career and work aspects that I had seen as a blind alley”. Leslie-Ann Giovnilli, Head of Academy
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.
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.