This month we hear from Rose St Louis on her role as head of partnership at Zurich Insurance, her bronze medal with England Netball and her hidden talents!
Rose St Louis
Your current role:
Head of partnership development at Zurich Insurance positioning our life insurance and investment propositions to financial intermediaries. Zurich Insurance Group is one of the world’s largest insurance groups, and one of the few to operate on a truly global basis. Our mission is to help our customers understand and protect themselves from risk. With about 55,000 employees serving customers in more than 170 countries, we aspire to become the best global insurer as measured by our shareholders, customers and employees.
Your nickname as a child:
What was your first ever job?
A cashier at Halfords.
When did you join the insurance/risk profession?
In 1996 straight from university.
What is your single proudest achievement?
Playing netball for England and winning a bronze medal at the World Youth Championships.
CII Advanced Financial Planning Certificate (AFPC); ICA Diploma in Anti Money Laundering 2007.
Favourite work focused saying:
“Judge by results”.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Treat people how you would like to be treated.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
You get out of life what you put in.
When did you last ride a bike?
An exercise bike – last week at the gym.
If you drive, what car/s do you own?
I live in London I don’t need a car.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I like to sing and I’ve been told I’m pretty good!
If you were a superhero what powers would you want to have?
Telepathy – hear other people’s thoughts.
Are you competitive?
I’m the second daughter of Caribbean immigrant parents. Initially the four of us lived in a one bedroom flat in north London then spent most of my life up until the age of 18 in Bedfordshire until I left to study Public Administration & Management at the University of Kent. My first job was telesales for Endsleigh Insurance for six months and then spent the next eight years working as a financial adviser. I completed my professional qualifications and won a Young Financial Adviser of the Year award. I’ve worked in asset management and outsourced investment processing and now I’m at Zurich positioning our life insurance proposition with some of our general insurance partners as well as developing relationships with traditional financial intermediaries.
About the Insurance Supper Club
The Insurance Supper Club is a private members’ group of senior leaders from around the globe. It provides a forum to meet, network and debate business issues while seeking to inspire the next generations of leaders in the industry and the community as a whole. It is recognised that companies currently have an imbalance between genders at the senior executive level. It is also recognised that having a more even gender balance has a positive effect on the performance and value of a business, yet change has been slow. Many reasons are used to justify this lack of progress: career breaks, reduced opportunities, poor networking and also inaccessible female role models. The Insurance Supper Club offers a platform which promotes active participation of its members.
Find out more at: www.theinsurancesupperclub.com
About the Chartered Insurance Institute
The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) is a professional body dedicated to building public trust in the insurance and financial planning professions. Their 125,000 and more members commit to high professional standards and success in CII qualifications is universally recognised as evidence of knowledge and understanding.
Find out more at: www.cii.co.uk