Leon Walker

Leon is chair of the Global Cultural Awareness Network (CAN@Lloyd’s), which promotes religious and cultural diversity, career progression and diversity of thought. In 2018 this included a celebration of Indian Maritime Business and the launch of an associated mentoring scheme, an initiative targeting 65 BAME emerging talents, creating a platform to share their experiences of working in the Lloyd’s Market resulting in a “Black Paper” for Leaders due for release in October 2019. Leon also played a leading role in Lloyd’s signing up to the EMpower Ethnicity Pay Gap Mandate, which kicked off the Lloyd’s I Did It (Self ID) campaign for the collection of the data to report its Ethnicity Pay Gap. Outside of work Leon is chair of the EMpower Working Party which has representation across financial services and drove the creation of the EMpower Ethnicity Pay Gap Mandate. He is also deputy chair of the Lloyd’s Assembly, which promotes diversity of thought and experience across the Lloyd’s Market. Leon is a governor at Manorfield Primary School in Tower Hamlets, and speaks regularly on race & equality, on podcasts and at panel events, including DiveIn. Leon is an established reverse mentor to leaders in Insurance and Politics and runs a successful mentoring circle for emerging talents from diverse backgrounds, supporting the development of their early careers in Financial Services.

Shirine Khoury-Haq

Shirine is the Executive Sponsor for Lloyd’s Cultural Awareness Network (CAN) which exists to actively promote awareness of different cultures within Lloyd’s, and provide an open and supporting environment to include everyone interested in related topics. This is enabled through a comprehensive plan of education and events. Alongside the above, she also informally mentors a number of young women who predominantly have an African background. Additionally, over the last two years her operations team have partnered with the Clara Grant Primary School – an ethnically diverse school in Tower Hamlets. These initiatives run alongside the organisations well-established BEE Financial Literacy programme. In her previous role, she also sponsored and staffed a similar initiative at Stockley Academy, another ethnically diverse secondary school in West London. Shirine is also a member of the Governing Board of the Clara Grant Primary School, which is currently undergoing academy conversion.