Diversity and inclusion strategy at William Russell
We recruit, develop and retain people from a range of diverse backgrounds. We strive to develop a culture where everyone feels welcomed and supported and where the contributions of all team members are recognised and valued. Read more about our strategy here.
William Russell, a family-owned expat insurance provider founded in Surrey, UK, in 1992, is committed to maintaining diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategy companywide. We are turning commitments into action to make real progress toward a more inclusive culture and community.
We have staff in 7 countries, with 20 nationalities and speaking 34 languages. For us, this means that the voice, perspective, and individuality of every employee, partner, and customer matters. Having a workforce that is representative of our members means we can offer the personalised service that has become our trademark in the insurance industry.
The William Russell journey to become a more diverse and inclusive company is led by employees from all levels of the organization – from employees to the leadership team. Meet our team here.
Inez Cooper started William Russell in 1992. We remain a family-owned business, and—despite the male-sounding name—are still powered by women. At William Russell, we know that having a gender-balanced workplace contributes to the diversity of thought we need to best service our members.
Founder and Managing Director of William Russell
William Russell remains a family-owned business. Despite its male-sounding name the business is still powered by women; with females making up 65% of the total headcount and 47% of the senior management team. Crucially, women occupy senior positions such as head of transformation and regional sales manager that—at William Russell’s competitors—are almost exclusively held by men.
Alongside healthy female representation in senior positions, William Russell also has a good mix of nationalities and backgrounds amongst its employees. All this helps create a great working environment, which explains why over 14% of employees have been with the business for more than 10 years.
“I joined William Russell five years ago and I’m proud to be a part of an organisation that promotes diversity and inclusion. Each employee is committed to excellence with emphasis on our core values and ethos of William Russell. I enjoy working for a progressive company that fosters strong work relationship which allows us to execute the best possible service in the market.
International Claims Executive
“My journey at William Russell has been a growth story since I joined over two years ago. Every project has brought a new opportunity to learn and grow as a professional. I feel a sense of respect, support, and guidance to develop creative, inspired designs. Together with my colleagues, we are committed to adding value to the company.