Karen Graves

Chair, Independent Women in Insurance network

Karen is currently a senior independent non-executive director in the insurance sector.

She has worked in the Lloyd’s and London market for over 25 years, starting her career in the compliance arena, moving on to a COO and then a CEO role within the Lloyd’s market for an established Lloyd’s managing agency. She has managed the formation of a new Lloyd’s syndicate from the ground up from the hiring of teams to the approval by the regulators.

Karen is a Freeman of the City of London and a court member of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Karen is the current chair of the Independent Women in Insurance Committee (iWIN), a founder member of the European Council for the Advancement of Women in Leadership and, in addition to this, a supporter of the Lloyd’s Military Network for senior officers transitioning from the Armed Forces.

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