Emma Adie

After completing a degree in Microbiology I took the unlikely career choice to move into insurance, or so I thought.

As it turns out, my degree has benefited me greatly in managing a varying workload and thinking analytically. After a year working in an organ processing lab, I hung up my lab coat and moved to a brokers to begin learning the basics of insurance. Following this I worked at a smaller insurer for two and a half years, and then moved to Talbot where I felt I had a great opportunity to develop my compliance career. Since joining Talbot two years ago I have really enjoyed embracing responsibility as well as challenging the current way things are done, both in my day to day work tasks as well as the overall culture of the company.

As the Compliance business sponsor on the Brexit project, and attendee on the steering committee, I have worked on mapping out the overseas office process, coordinating with the reinsurance team to assess the impact and mapping procedures. A key aspect to the project was challenging processes that did not take into account the wider business impact. I also deal with all sanctions matters and am a go-to person for underwriters, claims staff and AIG’s sanctions team. It has been a challenging year with major changes in sanctions but I enjoy the pressure and fast pace nature that sanctions and financial crime issues bring.

I am passionate about work culture and mental health, organising Talbot’s first Wellbeing week last year. I nominated and am the main liaison for Talbot’s Charity of the Year CALM – Campaign Against Living Miserably (leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45). This is an exciting 2 year relationship in which I will be organising quiz nights, running and challenge events, a football tournament and various raffles, all in aid of CALM. This has lead to me joining Talbot’s Social and Community committees, in addition to becoming a founding member of the Wellbeing committee following completion of the mental health first aider course. I also volunteer for the Lloyd’s Aim2attain workshops, helping secondary children with post education choices and educating primary school children of financial awareness and budgeting in the Tower Hamlets area. I have run two marathons for charity and will be running Brighton marathon in April for CALM.