We are all thrilled that the determination and efforts of our Women in CILA group were recognised by the insurance industry at the British Insurance Awards on 4th July 2018. On winning the Diversity award, past CILA President Candy Holland, said: “I am just completely blown away and thrilled to bits!”
On the evening the Institute was represented by Candy Holland (Echelon), Terri Adams (Sedgwick), Maggie Cowing (Crawford & Company), Lynn Cufley (Crawford & Company), Michelle Haynes (QuestGates), Helena Evans (Davies) and Kim Alcock (Davies) all of whom have played their part in promoting female representation within our profession. There was much excitement and even a few tears when the winner was announced and it was great to see other CILA members who were attending the event passing on their congratulations and sharing in the success of our profession.
Highlights of our Diversity award entry
Since forming in 2015, the group has:
• Secured the support of the CILA Council through the agreement and publication of a Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) policy.
• Generated membership debate on gender inequality by publishing articles such as “What, no women?”
• Created a dedicated webpage on the CILA website for Women in CILA and the option for members to sign up to our Women in CILA group
• Recruited female members to volunteer on CILA Committees and to stand for election to the CILA Council
• Ensured that female speakers feature in CILA events, including the CILA annual conference
• Established a programme of monitoring and interpreting exam data to identify gender trends, plus a regular review of exam syllabi and content for potential gender bias
• Celebrated the qualification success of female members in our membership magazine.
• Published profiles and stories of talented women in our profession, exploring subjects such as returning to work after maternity leave
• Hosted career development events such as “Mentoring Moments” and “Building the Career you want”
• Enhanced the Institute’s knowledge and understanding of diversity and inclusion issues by sharing best practice
Female representation - In 2015 only 6% of the volunteer positions on our Special Interest Group committees were held by women, this has increased to 17%. In 2015 women held 10% of the volunteer positions across CILA Council and all CILA Committees, women now hold 15% of these positions. Female members are now actively participating in the design, planning and delivery of Institute activities, challenging gender bias if they see it and promoting an inclusive culture.
Qualification Progression - There has been an uplift across the qualification journey in terms of take up amongst women since 2015. The percentage of women compared to men completing the Diploma has risen from 22% to 37% in 2018, and the number of females qualifying at Advanced Diploma level has increased from 21 in 2015, to 37 in 2018. Last year 5 women were successful in becoming Chartered Loss Adjusters compared to just 1 in 2016.
Support and Inspiration - Over 130 women have attended the career development events hosted by the WIC group.
Awareness - The campaign has motivated several female members to created female networks within their place of employment, sparking dialogue with their employers and bringing attention to gender equality in loss adjusting workplaces.