At Aon, Dominic chairs the Diversity Council, which manages the company’s approach to D&I and incorporates their seven BRGs. He supported the development of Aon’s Step Up trainee program, which attracts young people not in education, employment or training to get valuable experience and skills to enable them to enter the job market, often resulting in a role with Aon. Dominic sponsors six BAME women across the industry, and has contributed to initiatives designed to attract BAME talent to Aon. He has contributed to the development of a BAME Future Leaders program, and sponsors the company’s multicultural BRG. Dominic also chairs Inclusion@Lloyd’s, affording him influence across the whole insurance industry to drive a culture of inclusion, and he was instrumental in devising the group’s Dive In festival, now in its fifth year. He sponsors the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, supporting social mobility and ethnic minority groups.
Mary, born and raised in Nigeria up until the age of 7, came to live in the UK in 1996; following her degree in Law, Mary entered the City of London in 2010. She has held a variety of positions at various international Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers, culminating in her role as a Chief Strategy Officer. At Aon, Mary has been an instrumental in developing workshops to upskill ethnic minority students. She organized Aon Insight Week; a week-long workshop for Afro-Caribbean students to learn about the insurance industry. The success of Insight Week resulted in the creation of BAME Future Leaders, a fast-track program for BAME individuals onto Aon’s graduate program which has led to a 40% increase of BAME students onto Aon’s Internship and Graduate scheme. Outside her city life, Mary is a full-time keyboardist in her church and has a deep interest in song writing and music composition.
At Aon, Dominic has ensured that his leadership team have to sponsor 3-5 diverse colleagues and have D&I goals in their objectives, ensuring a strong pipeline of diverse talent. He is committed to driving social mobility to enable those from ethnic minority and disadvantaged backgrounds to have the opportunities that privileged, majority communities take for granted. Dominic has supported the development of Aon’s traineeship programme, Step Up, which attracts young NEETs (those not in education, employment or training) who are aged 18-25 to gain valuable experience and skills to enable them to enter the job market. Alongside one of the BAME women he sponsors, Dominic worked on two initiatives recently to attract BAME talent to Aon, an ‘Insight Week’ to give a week’s work experience to 15 young BAME individuals, involving presentations, skills workshops, and job shadowing to help introduce the candidates to the type of work that Aon undertakes, run by role model volunteers; and a brand new two-day workshop designed to attract BAME individuals and fast-track them to the assessment centre for Aon’s graduate programme. Beyond Aon, Dominic sponsors the Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which supports social mobility and encourages minority groups. As Chairman of Inclusion@Lloyd’s, Dominic also has influence across the whole of the insurance industry and works with leaders at other firms to drive a culture of inclusion. Additionally, Dominic is actively involved in mentoring BAME women to assist with their career progression in the city.
Through 2016 and 2017 Dominic has played a role as an International Executive sponsor for the Aon UK Multicultural group. In his new role as Chief of Staff to Aon’s President and CEO, he has been an advisor to Aon’s global head of Diversity and Inclusion, including supporting with the communication to the Aon Board of Directors pertaining to the performance on their global diversity and inclusion strategy. He formally and informally mentors a number of BAME colleagues at Aon and looks to advise them through his experiences and skills to find the right paths in their business units and to break down barriers where possible. Since moving to the US (from London), Dominic has connected with a local Chicago Charity; Embarc, that works with schools in the Chicagoland area. Embarc’s goal is to drive student success with long-term social and cultural exposure through a three-year, three-level approach to journeying with the integration of their own curriculum. Through the transformative power of these journeys, awakening students to the possibilities of their potential by dissolving the borders of the city and in their minds.
As Chair of the Aon UK Multicultural Network, Ajay has developed and executed a strategic plan building a more inclusive environment for BAME colleagues and developing internal leaders. He has held a number of events helping BAME employees to develop their careers, network and discuss industry-leading issues and has also launched a nationwide web-series profiling BAME Role Models focusing on staff at all levels. In 2017 Ajay co-founded a new industry-wide network (iCAN – Insurance Cultural Awareness Network) – which is the first network set up to support and recognise the careers of BAME and International colleagues in the insurance industry. He has led the London BAME events for “Dive In”, which included 16 cities globally and focused on pertinent BAME issues of recruitment and career development, and leadership. Ajay was also recently promoted to the steering committee of TNON (The Network of Networks) and regularly develops opportunities for young BAME people to develop their careers at Aon and beyond.
Dominic recently took on the role of Chief of Staff to Greg Case, CEO of Aon plc. Dominic supports the CEO and Aon Executive Committee in driving the short and long term objectives of the firm, to advance strategic priorities and empower results for clients, colleagues and communities. He is also a member of the Aon UK community affairs committee, which drives Aons Corporate Social Responsibility agenda forward, and in 2016 was also invited to join the Finance Committee of the Insurance Institute of London.
Dominic is an Executive sponsor for the Aon UK Multicultural group; he also acts as a hands-on mentor and sounding board for the committee to drive forward our agenda. He formally and informally mentors a number of BAME colleagues at Aon and looks to advise them through his experiences and skills.
In 2015, Dominic sponsored and presented the committees program of changing the way Aon recruit into early careers roles in the UK. This initiative secured funding in 2015 and put in place 4 partnerships with external organisations (SEO, Spiral, The Brokerage and E-Act), resulting in a significantly improved way of attracting a more diverse workforce at both apprentice, A-level and graduate scheme stages.