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Liliana Archibald

Lloyd’s first female broker

Mrs Liliana Archibald was the first female broker at Lloyd’s. She moved from a career as a history lecturer at the University of New Zealand to join her stepfather’s credit insurance brokerage, specialising in export credit cover. In the course of her career, she came to Britain to work for Adam Brothers, specialists in contingency liability for overseas clients. She became a director there in 1970.

At that time, Lloyd’s made a decision to accept women as Names. Archibald applied and in 1973 was accepted. She told Lloyd’s List, ‘I did not break down the barriers; they were broken down for me by the members of Lloyd’s in a very charming way.’