After winning a national election to Chair Aviva Balance in the UK, Anna built the foundations of the community, designed its strategy, recruited members, socialized it to employees, encouraged intersectionality and shared best practice externally. She introduced Diwali celebrations into Aviva Bristol and her artwork, titled “We Sikh Peace”, was featured in a Remembrance exhibition and raised awareness of the 83,000 Sikh soldiers who lost their lives fighting with the British Army. Anna has worked closely with media personality and former monk, Jay Shetty, to help wisdom go viral within Aviva’s marketing team. She’s a member of the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers’ Diversity and Inclusion Network and was a panelist alongside Marketing Directors from The Guardian, Boots and Direct Line in the Inclusion Panel at their annual conference. She has trained with Google to run #IamRemarkable workshops with under-represented groups and was recently awarded an internal Diversity Champion Award.
Sonia co-chairs Aviva Origins, and has driven fundamental change at Aviva through providing leadership on race and ethnicity, partnering with the Central Diversity Team on diversity mentoring, rolling out unconscious bias training for managers, and developing the Origins Internship Programme with the Social Mobility Foundation for underprivileged students. The group has held events and celebrations to educate and raise awareness, they delivered outreach for Ramadan, opened a purpose-built prayer/multi-faith room, changed the hospitality form and launched an Ethnic Minority Leadership Programme. Externally, Sonia is a Mentor and also sits on the committee of the Society of Asian Lawyers, leads the Asian Legal Awards and represents Aviva on the House of Lords Multi Cultural Professional Forum.
Chika seeks to be a visible and accessible presence in the organisation, expanding on her role as co-chair of the Aviva London Women’s Network. She blogs to raise awareness and interest among Aviva’s ethnic minority community and allies, and has supported the process of establishing an ethnic minority network at Aviva. She has represented Aviva at parliamentary roundtables on the topic of race and is a Group Executive nominee on the Aviva Global Inclusion Council. Chika has sought to connect Aviva with her activities outside the workplace, such as working with the Amos Bursary, and smaller social enterprises including Beyond the Classroom and Brilliant Aspirations. This has provided these young people with exposure to a range of careers and senior leaders, and also internships within Aviva. External to her role, Chika is a mentor for the Amos Bursary and chair of the Diversity Advisory Group for the UK actuarial professional body. She has written a number of articles and participated in panels on diversity for the profession and has been exploring the establishment of a UK African Actuarial network.
Rahul has been instrumental in establishing Aviva Origins, a community which focuses on ensuring Aviva promotes a fully inclusive environment where colleagues from diverse ethnicities and backgrounds can flourish. Rahul is a keen advocate of cultural inclusivity and in October organised a day of Diwali festivities at Aviva’s London site. Rahul is also an active mentor and coach to several junior BAME colleagues. The aim of which is to create a private, trusted space where they can share the important things that matter to them, whether they are personal or professional, and to draw on his experiences to help them make informed decisions about their careers. Externally, Rahul represents the Chartered Insurance Institute at panel events, talking to students at inner-London schools and University events, where the representation is often predominantly BAME, to help them understand career options. Rahul also supports students as part of the CII’s Qualification Mentoring Scheme and acts as a mentor to BAME talent as part of the Social Mobility Foundation’s Aspiring Professionals Programme, which aims to give students an insight into top professions and provide them with the skills needed to achieve their potential.
At Aviva, Nick’s primary area of focus has been on gender equality and creating opportunities for women to advance in the workplace. In that context, he has actively promoted the Aviva Women’s Network as well as the company’s Women of the Future programme, which includes many BAME members. He is currently working on the creation of the Women of the Future programme across Aviva’s Asian businesses, which will aim to ensure that their Asian female talent pool is supported and given the right tools to be able to reach leadership positions throughout the organisation. He is also a strong supporter of the Aviva Pride LGBT ERG and acts as a mentor to people throughout the organisation. Externally, he supports an orphanage in Vadodara, India that takes in abandoned infants and provides them with food, shelter and the possibility of an education. Often the children in the care of the orphanage suffer from a range of disabilities and the organisation is able to support their specific needs.
Chika is seeking to be a visible and accessible presence in the organisation, expanding on her role as co-chair of the Aviva London Women’s Network. She has blogged to raise awareness and interest among Aviva’s BAME community and allies, and is in the process of establishing a BAME network at the organisation. She has represented Aviva at parliamentary roundtables on the topic of race and has been appointed by the Aviva Group Executive to their new Global Inclusion Council. Chika has sought to connect Aviva with her activities outside the workplace, for example by organising Digital workshops with the Amos Bursary (aimed at academically able black boys and young men) and the Women’s Network, where attendees were predominantly young black girls. Chika also set up and leads a local African-Caribbean church community group whose objectives include celebrating their diverse and rich cultures with each other and the wider community and encouraging younger members to embrace their cultural heritage.