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Aon Risk Solutions U.K.
Julie Page is a broker through and through. Having begun her career at Aon P.L.C., she spent 17 years at rival broking powerhouse Marsh Ltd. before rejoining Aon in 2016. Earlier this year she was named CEO of Aon Risk Solutions U.K.
She loves broking, she said, because of the direct engagement with clients and the diversity of experience, industries and companies with which she comes into contact. Having the “risk conversation before the insurance conversation” is vital, she said, and the industry “really does keep the world moving.”
Having a curious nature and a keenness to “get involved” have been among the drivers of her career success, she said. “I respond to opportunity,” she said.
Ms. Page is a champion of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and was part of the steering committee behind the first Dive In festival in London.
It has been a source of great pride to see that event for diversity and inclusion in the insurance industry “blossom into a truly global event,” she said.
Among those who influenced her career, Ms. Page cites an early female role model, Wendy Wastnedge, a senior broker at a time when there were few women at managerial level. “She was a trailblazer who carved her way through the bias,” Ms. Page said. “She showed me that there is way through and you do not have to accept the status quo.”
Ms. Page also cites as inspiration a male boss with whom she worked at Marsh early in her career and who offered her a promotion. At the time, she was a single parent with a young son living outside of London, and declined the job because the typical early starts of the meetings she would be required to attend would be impracticable from a childcare standpoint. She said her boss’s reaction was to say, “I have never thought of it like that before. Why don’t we change the times of those meetings?”
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