February 11, 2020 / 8:53 AM / 7 days ago

Lloyd's of London sets up independent group to improve culture

A man enters the Lloyd's of London building in the City of London financial district in London, Britain, April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

(Reuters) - Lloyd’s of London said on Tuesday that former Virgin Money boss Jayne-Anne Gadhia would be part of a committee to “drive long-term culture change” in the world’s oldest insurance market.

Mental Health UK Chief Executive Officer Brian Dow and Lloyd’s Market Association CEO Sheila Cameron are also on the independent Culture Advisory Group, which will be chaired by Lloyd’s board member Fiona Luck and held its first meeting on Jan 30.

Lloyd’s has been fighting a storm over diversity in the past year, acknowledging issues with sexual harassment and day-time drinking in the commercial insurance market, which employs around 45,000 people.

The Financial Conduct Authority last month wrote to the chief executives of commercial insurance companies, telling them to stamp out bad behaviour in the industry and improve diversity, or risk losing their jobs.

Reporting by Muvija M in Bengaluru and Carolyn Cohn in London; Editing by Rachel Armstrong

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