Our Board

Steve Wardlaw, Chairman, Emerald Life

Heidi McCormack, Chief Executive, Emerald Life

Claudia Brind-Woody 

Vice President and Managing Director, IBM

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Claudia has been at IBM since 1996 and is currently VP and MD for IBM Global Intellectual Property Licensing. Alongside this, she runs a source code team, IBM’s small Divestiture Practice and IP Management Solutions, a specialised consulting group at the firm.

Beyond her wide ranging senior roles within IBM, externally Claudia serves on a number of advisory boards internationally, including Workplace Pride in Amsterdam, Stonewall Global Diversity Champions in the UK, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates and the John C Stennis Institute if Government Board of Advisors in the US.

As global co-chair for IBM’s LGBT Executive Taskforce she has successfully rolled out straight ally training and certification to 440, 000 employees, initiated employee benefits to LGBT staff members where allowed, worldwide, and has sponsored 41 diversity networks across 30 countries.  

She brings an experience that’s second-to-none to the Emerald Life board which shapes and influences the direction of the company.

Donald MacDonald 

Chairman Guy Carpenter, Africa

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Donald offers the Emerald board a vast experience of senior management across the Insurance sector.

Prior to joining Guy Carpenter, where he is Head of UK & European Sales as well as leading the reinsurance brokers UK, Irish and South African business division, he was second in command of Willis’ UK reinsurance unit.

The board is richer with his drive, enthusiasm and business intelligence.  

Gudrun Steele 

Partner and General Counsel, AgFe LLp

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Gudrun joined AgFe in December 2007 when it was a start-up asset manager; it now manages and advises on assets in excess of £6 billion for institutional investors across a range of asset classes.  Gudrun is a board member of AgFe with responsibility for legal, compliance and HR matters.  Prior to AgFe Gudrun worked at the international law firms Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and Clifford Chance undertaking a wide range of MA work.

Gudrun brings to the board an understanding of starting up a business in the regulated sector and the associated challenges.

Peter Hubbard - Special Advisor 

Former CEO UK General Insurance

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Peter joined UK General Insurance in 2009 as a Non-Executive Director, becoming CEO of the firm in September 2012. Prior to this he was Chief Executive of general insurance at AXA overseeing a major business transformation which saw the creation of new brands Swiftcover and Bluefin, accelerating AXA to becoming the 4th biggest insurer in the UK with over 7,000 employees.

Peter brings a passion and track record for leading the industry to a more customer focused and trusted position, drawing on his experience of influencing a bolder approach to differentiation and value.   

His enthusiasm, leadership and ability to reinvigorate the insurance sector for the better underlines his prominence within the industry and the insight and guidance he offers Emerald Life.

EMERALD SUPPORTS
Stonewall
P3
Human Dignity Trust
Diversity Role Models
The Albert Kennedy Trust