• Robert Mendelsohn, group chief executive, Royal & SunAlliance Insurance Group

    Bob Mendelsohn was appointed group chief executive and director of Royal & SunAlliance in December 1997, and serves as chairman or director of many of the group's worldwide insurance companies. He joined the company in January 1994 as chief executive officer and president of Royal Insurance in the USA. He is a director and immediate past-chairman of the American Insurance Association and of the Council of Insurance Company Executives, and a director of the International Insurance Society.

  • Patrick Ryan, chairman & chief executive, Aon

    In 1964, Patrick Ryan founded Ryan Insurance Group which merged with Combined International Corporation in 1982. At that time, he became president and chief executive officer at the merged entity, which was renamed Aon Corporation in 1987. In 1988, Ryan was named one of America's top ten corporate directors. Ryan recently received the President's Medal from Loyola Academy and the Insurance Federation of New York's 1999 Free Enterprise Award.

  • Robert Scott, group chief executive, CGNU

    Scott was appointed group chief executive of CGNU plc followin the merger of CGU and Norwich Union in June 2000. Previous to this he was group chief executive of CGU following the merger of General Accident and Commercial Union in June 1998, and group chief executive of General Accident, a position he had held since January 1996. He was appointed deputy chief executive of General Accident in June 1994. He joined the board of in June 1992.

  • Mark Ward, partner, Arthur Andersen

    Ward is the head of Arthur Andersen's UK Insurance industry programme and leads the Arthur Andersen UK financial services business process risk consulting practice. Ward has worked in the UK and Europe for more than 14 years, primarily within the insurance sector. In addition to assurance and transaction services, Ward has led project teams providing strategic and systems advice to financial institutions in the UK and Europe.

  • Max Taylor, chairman, Lloyd's

    After joining Willis Faber as a junior aviation broker in 1970, Taylor held a variety of posts and was appointed to the board in 1990. In 1997 he was appointed group executive director. He is a former chairman of the London Insurance Market Network (LIMNET), a past director of the World Insurance Network (WIN), and past chairman of the Lloyd's Insurance Brokers' Committee. A working member of Lloyd's since 1975, he was elected to the council in November 1997 and became Chairman in 1998.

  • Tim Carroll, chairman, International Underwriting Association

    In 1988 Universal was acquired by the QBE Insurance Group of Australia and in October the same year Tim Carroll was appointed general manager of the newly acquired QBE Reinsurance company in London. In 1991 he moved to Frankona RE (UK) as chief executive and retained this position following Frankona's acquisition in 1995 by Employers Reinsurance Corporation and through subsequent acquisitions of Kemper Re and Eagle Star Re. He is currently CEO of ERC Frankona Reinsurance Limited's non-life operations in the UK. Carroll is chairman of the International Underwriting Association of London.

  • Sir David Rowland, President, Templeton College Oxford

    Sir David was elected as Lloyd's first full-time remunerated chairman at the beginning of 1993 to serve a three year term, subsequently extended by a further two years. He retired as chairman of Lloyd's at the end of 1997. At the beginning of that year a knighthood was awarded to Sir David in the 1997 New Year's honours list. In 1999 he became group chief executive of NatWest but retired from the board earlier this year following the acquisition of the NatWest by the Royal bank of Scotland.

  • Graham Oates, managing partner, KPMG

    Oates is managing partner within KPMG and a UK Consulting board member. In addition, he is executive chairman of Metrius Europe, a KPMG subsidiary with specific focus on digital transformation. Oates' remit is to identify, create and incubate new business and solutions for KPMG Consulting across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Over the last 18 months he has been specifically focused on dealing with the impact of the new economy and developing the company's offerings and capabilities to provide maximum benefit to KPMG's clients. In order to support this objective, Oates splits his time between London and California.

  • Ian Thomas

    Thomas, a business graduate, has studied lions at close quarters during 20 years as a game ranger in Africa. He believes business people can absorb and learn from the animal kingdom. Thomas has written a book, The Power of the Pride, and is a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows. He has also featured in many local and international management magazines and is one of south Africa's foremost wildlife photographers.

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