The Lloyd’s Market Association’s (LMA) Worldwide Property Business Panel (WPP) has announced that it is putting all places up for election and will be asking LMA members to elect managing agents, instead of individuals.
It will be the responsibility of each elected managing agent to then put forward the most suitable person.
The changes were proposed by the panel after it challenged whether the election of individuals could be acting as a barrier to the diversity of its membership.
The panel has stated that it believes that these changes demonstrates its commitment to accelerating and achieving greater diversity among its membership in order to be more representative of the Lloyd’s market and its customers.
The panel’s new approach to elections is part of a strategy to introduce a more diverse and representative membership.
The election will take place in December 2022. From January 1, 2023, the elected managing agencies will nominate candidates from within their firms to identify issues of interest and concern to LMA members, liaise with other LMA committees and groups, and take necessary actions to discuss and solve global market issues.
The Worldwide Property Business Panel election results will be announced in January 2023.
“The LMA is committed to making an active contribution to the diversity, inclusion and cultural change within the Lloyd’s market. The unique ability of the Association to bring together representatives of the Lloyd’s markets in committees, provides an opportunity to ensure market discourse recognises the strong technical expertise and diverse viewpoints of market participants,” said Sheila Cameron, LMA Chief Executive.
“Thank you to the existing panel members who have served the market’s interests so dutifully, and for identifying the need bring about this change.”
“The panel exists to represent and promote the interests of the writers of open-market property business within the Lloyd’s market. Therefore, it is the combined decision of the panel members that we take this necessary step to ensure we represent all of the individuals in our market,” added Toby Sawyer, Head of Property, AEGIS London, WPP Chair.