It's International Women’s Day!
International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, so today is the perfect occasion to celebrate some of our female talent!
Although the number of female role models has continued to grow over the last few years, women are still playing catch-up with men in many areas, including representation in business and politics.
At Admiral, we pride ourselves on having a balanced workforce and actually have slightly more female than male employees across the Group. Additionally, four out of ten board members are women, meaning we are third out of only 41 companies in the FTSE 100 with 25% or better female representation on company boards. Our outgoing chairman Alastair Lyons will be succeeded by Annette Court, who will be the first woman to head up the Admiral Group board. You can find out more about equality at Admiral here.
But we don’t want to just tell you about what we do – we wanted to share with you some stories of succesful women at Admiral to celebrate their achievements and to inspire other women and girls to follow in their footsteps.
Cristina joined Admiral in 2005 as a Business Development Manager after completing her MBA at INSEAD. She soon moved on to our Spanish Operation, which she headed as CEO for 4 years, before becoming Head of Europe, heading all of our European operations. She came back to the UK in 2015 as Head of Products and became CEO of our UK Insurance business in 2016. Cristina is an inspiring role model for women across the organization and proves that it is your skill and determination, not your gender, which drive your success.
Jane joined Admiral when we started out in 1993 and has worked as Sales Manager, Head of HR and was MD of the Admiral brand. She also took a six year career break and returned part-time in 2011. Since then she has had several roles, including that of Graduate Programme Manager and HR Manager.
“At Admiral we welcome diversity. We have several women in senior roles and on our Board of Directors. We look for the best person for the job and, where possible, we aim to accommodate part-time hours or flexible working arrangements. We recognise that combining work and family life can present challenges to all of us at different stages of our lives. We aim to support our staff and help them balance their work and family commitments. We don’t treat men and women any differently. We offer flexible working to both men and women”
Rowan joined Admiral on the graduate programme in 2015 after doing an English degree and working for a circus. She quickly secured a permanent position on the newly formed Sharing Economy team, where she helped manage and launch Learner Driver Insurance, Admiral Host Insurance and Rentecarlo. She has since moved on to the Car Access Team, where she has been part of one of Admiral’s first Mergers & Acquisitions. She launched the brand new Car Sharing Insurance product in November and is product manager for both this and Rentecarlo. Rowan has got stuck in from the start and made things happen illustrating how far ambition and a strong work ethic can take you.
We hope these stories have given you an insight into careers at Admiral and will inspire other women and girls to pursue their career ambitions. If you'd like to find out about opportunities with Admiral, check out our vacancies page.
If you’d like to get involved with International Women’s Day, there will be various events taking place both in Cardiff and Swansea over the next few days. You can search for local events here.