Business in the community and Direct line CEO in conversation

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18 Dec 2020


Mentoring, taking risks and equality

Season 3, Ep. 11

This month our host Oli Barrett MBE is joined by Direct Line Group Chief Executive Penny James and Ivan Kayima, CEO and Founder of collaborative community, Spiela.

In this episode our host Oli Barrett MBE gets an understanding of how to empower people to respond to change and the surprising power of vulnerability.

And of course, our host asks both Penny and Ivan who they’d most like to meet for coff­ee and which books they’ll be adding to the famous Lens Reading List.

Our Guests

Penny James is Chief Executive Officer of Direct Line. She joined the Board as an Executive Director in November 2017. The Board benefits from Penny’s deep understanding of our sector as well as her leadership skills, financial and risk expertise, strategic thinking and cultural alignment. As CEO, Penny is leading both the delivery of the Group’s short-term strategic imperatives, including technological and business transformation, and the development of the next stage of our strategy of targeting long-term sustainability.

Penny was previously Group Chief Risk Officer and Executive Director at Prudential plc, where she was responsible for leading risk oversight globally. Before this, she was Director of Group Finance at Prudential. Penny was previously Group CFO at Omega Insurance Holdings Limited and CFO, UK General Insurance, at Zurich Financial Services. She was a NED of Admiral Group plc from 2015 to 2017. She is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Ivan Kayima is CEO of collaborative network Spiela – an online platform for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to find opportunities. Its mission is to create a social hub where users can come together to share, collaborate, and support one another to grow personally and professionally. Born and raised in Lewisham, Ivan wanted to give back and better to his community by providing opportunities to others He graduated with first class honours in Digital Media from the University of Portsmouth and graduated from New Entrepreneurs Foundation.

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