’If you want to talk about collaboration on diversity and inclusion in the Lloyd’s market, you have to talk about Dive In,’ says head of culture

Dive In – the insurance industry’s market-wide festival around diversity and inclusion (D&I) – is aiming to showcase ”amazing opportunities” within the sector as part of its theme for 2023.

Insurance Times will be a media partner for this year’s event, which will take place from 26 -28 September 2023.

Dive In was launched in 2015 by Inclusion at Lloyd’s – a collaboration between Lloyd’s of London, the International Underwriting Association, the London and International Insurance Brokers’ Association and the Lloyd’s Market Association – and aims to ”empower individuals to realise their potential”.

Its theme for this year will be Unlocking Innovation: The Power of Inclusion.

This will be centred around inclusion and innovation, exploring the types of action firms can take to shape inclusive cultures and attract new talent.

Global insurance firms that have partnered with the festival this year include firms such as AIG, Allied World Assurance, Aon, Aviva, Axa XL, Chubb and Willis Towers Watson.

Speaking to Insurance Times, Lloyd’s head of culture Mark Lomas said: “If you want to talk about collaboration on D&I in the Lloyd’s market, you have to talk about Dive In, which originated in 2015 and is now a truly global movement.”

New initiatives

As part of this year’s event, Dive in will introduce two new programmes – Dive Into Reverse Mentoring and Dive Into Insurance.



Dive Into Reverse Mentoring aims to foster connections between industry leaders and global talent and will see senior leaders engage with individuals at lower levels within the industry.

However, unlike traditional mentoring arrangements, the programme will see junior participants take the mentoring role, guiding and instructing the more senior individual.

Mentors will be paired with mentees who share similar interests and participants can select from 16 topics covering areas such as social media, technology, speaking up and mental health. 

Meanwhile, Dive Into Insurance will provide up to 1,000 voluntary and outreach opportunities for people to get involved.

These opportunities will include going out to local schools, employment fairs, volunteering and skills-based volunteering.

Lomas said: “This initiative is part of changing the perception of the sector by actively and proactively having individuals go out and make connections with people, helping them understand all of the wonderful opportunities available in the market, as there are some amazing opportunities on a global scale.”