Our Committee

Steering Committee

Clare Felgate – Events Lead

Events Lead

David Simpson

Joint Deputy Chair

Kalpesh Shah

Chair

Samantha Westaway

Online Content

Nicola Podda

Treasurer

Sam Daruvala

Joint Deputy Chair

Fiona Hills

Secretary

Victoria Ratford

Committee Member

Peter Hamilton

Regional Ambassador

Dona Chacko

Sponsorship Partnerships Lead

Independent Non-Executive Directors

Sally Bramall

Dominic Christian

Louise Day

Clare Felgate - Events Lead

Clare has worked at Lloyd’s for 23 years; working in the Chairman and CEO’s Office, Legal Services, Delegated Authorities and has been with the International Regulatory Affairs team for the past 16 years.

She is one of the Mental Health Champions and Mental Health First Aiders at Lloyd’s, gaining the Level 3 Award in Mental Health First Aid with the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).

Clare has hidden disabilities herself and joined the Disability Community as the Deputy Chair to help raise awareness. She is passionate about helping those with disabilities to have a voice and ensuring they are included equally.

Outside of work Clare has been a Guide Leader for 34 years organising weekly meetings, trips and residentials for girls of 10-14 years old. She is also an Archery GB Level 1 coach and teaches children and adults archery, some of whom have gone on to become top archers in Essex.

Dave Simpson – Joint Deputy Chair

Dave is a Client Relationship Director in WTW’s Marine Division and member of the WTW UK Workability and Mental Health committees, and former co-chair of the Aon UK Mental Health Employee Resource Group. He has also previously served on the committee of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal ‘This Is Me’ campaign. His own experiences with depression, anxiety and addiction – and recovery therefrom – have led him to take an active role in the mental health and wellbeing space, both within his own workplace and externally.

In 2019 he was voted ‘Inclusion Champion of the Year’ by his colleagues across Aon UK.

Kalpesh Shah - Chair

Kalpesh has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 20 year, primarily in senior Finance roles, but also covering Underwriting Services, Actuarial, Business Planning and Business Strategy/Development. He believes everyone should be allowed to be their authentic self and be able to attain their full potential in a more inclusive society without barriers.

Kalpesh has previously been a school governor and currently sits on a number of Insurance Industry committees (Finance, Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Wellbeing). He is an advocate of people talking, sharing their own experiences and sharing ideas, whether in the workplace or society in general. He is a strong believer in collaborating to help change.

Samantha Westaway – Online Content

Samantha works at Mactavish as a Client Relationship Management Director and has experience of chairing a mental health Colleague Resource Group where she helped to develop a wellbeing strategy across the UK and Ireland. As a trained Mental Health First Aider, Samantha is an accomplished public speaker and regularly takes part in forums on the subject.

With personal experience of mental ill health, Samantha is passionate about promoting de-stigmatisation and creating an open dialogue of mental health issues within the workplace.

Nicola Podda – Treasurer

Nico is originally from Italy and, for the last 7 years, is proud to call the UK home. Over the past 2 years, he has been deeply immersed in the financial services industry, gaining invaluable experience and insights along the way. Before diving into finance, Nico worked in events management, mastering the art of organization and coordination.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Nico is passionate about diversity and inclusion. He firmly believes that every community deserves representation across industries. It is not just about checking boxes, but it is about creating spaces where everyone feels valued and empowered to thrive. With this belief as his guiding principle, Nico is dedicated to driving positive change and fostering inclusivity wherever he goes.

Sam Daruvala – Joint Deputy Chair

Sam is a Senior Claims Adjuster at Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK), having worked in the insurance industry since 2010. She is also Co-Chair of TMK’s Disability Network and has lived experience with multiple sclerosis, neurodiversity and mental health. She is passionate about supporting people with visible and invisible disabilities, trying to take the stigma out of disability and making the industry as equitable and inclusive as possible.

Fiona Hills – Secretary

Fiona is a forensic accountant at C. Lewis and Company, specialising in the measurement of Business Interruption insurance claims. She has been in the insurance industry for over 12 years, during which times she has had to take some long-term sick leave for Crohn’s disease. Fiona joined the iDAWN team because of her particular interest in diversity and inclusion, as well as to help bring together and destigmatise (and demystify) people with both visible and invisible disabilities in the insurance industry.

Victoria Ratford – Committee Member

Victoria works at Gallagher as an Associate IT Director for EMEA and is currently the Gallagher inclusion and diversity disability workstream lead for the UK. She has worked in the insurance industry for nearly 30 years in various roles including Account Broker, Compliance, Training and IT. Victoria joined the iDAWN team because of her passion to work with likeminded colleagues in the insurance industry to make positive changes by removing barriers and stigmas associated with people with both visible and invisible disabilities.

Peter Hamilton - Regional Ambassador

Peter is the Head of Market Engagement at Zurich.

With a background in Marketing, Peter has responsibility for Zurich's engagement in Life industry issues. He is involved in consumer and regulatory developments in the protection and broader financial services market, and chairs the ABI's Retail Protection committee and the ABI's Long Term Care Working party.

He sits on BIBA's Access to insurance committee, and in July 2021 was appointed Disability and Access Ambassador for the Insurance industry, a post that reports through to the Disability Unit in the Cabinet Office.

Dona Chacko - Sponsorship Partnerships Lead

Dona is a recent graduate in MSc Insurance and Risk Management from Bayes Business School and has embarked on a journey in the insurance industry, working as a Trainee Treaty Technician at United Insurance Brokers.

Dona joined iDAWN because she is deeply committed to fostering inclusivity and contributing to positive change within the insurance industry. In today's fast-paced world, where competition and the need to excel are immense, individuals may face significant mental health challenges. Dona believes in actively combating these challenges and creating a supportive environment. She is passionate about making a positive change in the world, and joining iDAWN allows her to contribute to these important goals while leveraging her skills and experiences to drive meaningful impact.

Sally Bramall

Sally is currently Global Head of the Market Relations Governance at Willis Towers Watson. She joined Willis in 1988 and has served in roles including Global Head of Market Security, COO of Financial Institutions Group, and COO of GB Client & Business Development Group.

Sally is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute, holds an M.B.A. from the University of Hull, and is a Court Assistant of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.

Sally is a passionate supporter of diversity and inclusion in the insurance market and sits on the committees of Inclusion@Lloyd’s and iWIN. She is also Diversity Officer and Vice President of the Insurance Institute of Ipswich, Suffolk & North Essex.

Dominic Christian

Dominic is Global Chairman of Aon’s Reinsurance Solutions business. He is a member of the Global Executive of Aon. He is Deputy Chairman of Lloyd’s. Dominic is a Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a Trustee of the StandUpFoundation, a Director of The Bermuda Society, Chairman of the Lloyd's Tercentenary Research Foundation and Chairman of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA).

For 2015/16 he was President of the Insurance Institute of London. In 2017 he was elected to the Court of Common Council of The City of London. He leads the Inclusion@Lloyd's Group – a contemporary approach to Diversity and Inclusion being in his view central to future business success. He was recently appointed Chair of ClimateWise. Dominic holds an Honours Degree in History from the University of East Anglia and an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law.

His children describe his interests as Family, talking, football, tennis, history, architecture, East Anglia, new countries, trees, lakes, cats and overworking. Not all are approved of.

Louise Day

Louise is Director of Operations at the IUA and has over 30 years’ experience governing and delivering change across the London Market and wider financial services sector. Louise joined the IUA in 2015 to oversee company market involvement in market modernisation and has since been involved in many major initiatives as well as running operations for the IUA. She is a non-executive director of London Insurance Market Operations & Strategic Sourcing (LIMOSS).

Louise is also a member of the inclusion@Lloyd’s committee and a dedicated supporter of London Market diversity and inclusion campaigns. Louise has been involved in project delivery throughout her career and has additional experience of managed service delivery. She has worked for London market insurers for 10 years and is passionate about evolving the market.