Our Founders

Steve Wardlaw


Steve Wardlaw is a respected international business lawyer and prominent gay rights campaigner. Ranked highly across leading LGBT lists of influence, he co-founded Emerald Life to change the insurance industry for the better, bringing with him his passion for equality and his zeal for good business.

“The one thing missing for the LGBT community is the ability to pick up the phone, talk to somebody and feel thought about. Everything we do at Emerald has the community at the forefront of our thoughts. We care about the community because we are a part of the community.”

Heidi McCormack


Heidi McCormack is a game-changing business leader, recognised for her thought leadership on the international stage and her impressive career as a senior figure in one of the largest companies in the United States. Her continual track record in growing robust business informs her vision for Emerald’s growth, and her passion for providing Emerald customers with the service and insurance protection they deserve.

“With insurance, it’s time to level the playing field. As Emerald grows we will be listening to the community, and working with it to ensure we all have the protection we need.”

Stewart Vickers

Digital Marketing

Stewart Vickers entered digital marketing while studying History of Art at University College London. He began as an online content writer for a high-end men’s accessories brand, followed quickly by becoming one of the first hires at an online magazine startup alongside editorial alumni from CBS and The Sunday Times where he was involved in making traditional journalism fit modern social media.

“Working with Steve and Heidi in a company that is all about social impact has been a rewarding experience. Since joining we have seen the transformation of our technology to become far more streamlined and user-friendly as we build momentum to help more people find the financial protection that’s right for them.”