The Lloyd’s of London Foundation is proud to support causes that are close to the hearts of our people in the Lloyd’s Corporation and in the Lloyd’s market. We know our colleagues across the market dedicate their time and efforts to volunteer and fundraise for charities they are passionate about – so we want to help them do that and celebrate the people who have gone above and beyond for a charity close to their hearts. To recognise their hard work winners receive a donation to the charity they have supported.
Applications now open!
Applications for the London Market Charity Awards 2023 are now open, closing 6 October, 23.59. If you would like to apply or nominate someone for the awards, you can find information on our eligibility criteria and how to complete our online application in the Application guidelines. When you are ready, use our online form to complete your application!
As a long standing initiative for the Lloyd’s market, since its inception the awards have supported 400 colleagues across the market and Corporation, donating £2million to their chosen charities.
As a board trustee and fundraiser, having lost close family members to blood cancer, and in tribute to friends, colleagues and all of those who are currently battling with blood cancer, it’s very humbling and an absolute privilege to have been selected as one of the winners for this incredible and generous award. The award is a testament to the amazing work done by the entire Blood Cancer UK team and will be put to good use in the road to beating blood cancer. Thank you Lloyd’s of London!Amir Sethu, MS Amlin
We would also like to thank everyone who has previously applied for an award and for the contribution they have individually made to their communities.
Meet last year’s winners
Alisa Dolgova, Lloyd's
Charity: Time and Talents
Alisa was a recipient of the charity’s support network when she moved to the UK a few years ago. She won an award for Time and Talents by volunteering on the Board of Trustees. She has been able to use her expertise to make a significant contribution to the charity’s governance and strategy, creating a robust contingency plan after the pandemic and ensuring the sustainability of the charity for future success. She has also helped out in operational ways too, from organising volunteering events to sitting on interview panels and reviewing funding applications.
Time and Talents is a local charity in South East London with a history of providing support to people in Rotherhithe and Bermondsey for 135 years. The community centre provides a range of activities to connect people and reduce isolation, while building supported and resilient communities.
Amir Sethu, MS Amlin
Charity: Blood Cancer UK
Amir won an award for Blood Cancer UK who has seen first-hand the impact the charity’s work has on people’s lives. He volunteered as a trustee and has made a positive impact from the get go, chairing the Audit, Risk and Finance Committee and joining the Research Governance Committee in 2021. Amir has been directly responsible for securing an additional £750,000 of funding for the charity and facilitated international research partnerships.
The charity’s objective is to help beat blood cancer by providing funding to a world-leading network of researchers, helping them to make life-saving scientific discoveries and accelerating improvements in cancer outcomes.
James Cossons, Aon
Charity: Royal Life Saving Society UK
James started out with his local Life Saving club at the age of 14, and 12 years later he is still involved! He won an award for his incredible commitment to the charity and his role as Youth Advisor to the Board of Trustees, where he has revolutionised the role and has done a fantastic job representing the young people of the club. He established the Youth Leadership Team (YLT) in 2019, creating a life changing opportunity for the other young people of the club to support each other. His role as Youth Advisor is coming to an end, but he’s not leaving as he’s now applying for a place on the Board of Trustees.
The Royal Life Saving Society’s mission is to be the leader in lifesaving and lifeguarding in the UK and Republic of Ireland, sharing expertise and knowledge with as many people as possible, and giving everyone the potential to save lives and enjoy water safely.
Jena Selkirk, Chubb
Charity: Mayflower Performing Arts
Jena joined Mayflower Performing Arts as a performer in 2002 and began volunteering in 2010, helping to teach new members. For the past 7 years she has been a director and Head of Movement, leading a team of volunteers to design, stage and teach the young performers, creating performances for the British Championships. Not only has she given up her Saturdays to teach, she has also organised her fair share of fundraising events to raise money for the charity.
Mayflower Performing Arts provides dance training to young people, building their self-confidence and improving their sense of wellbeing. The young people have the chance to compete nationally and internationally, offering them time away from the pressures of social media, home and school life, while allowing them to develop important skills for the future.
Lais Tierno Oliveira, Lloyd’s
Charity: Under One Sky CIO
Lais began her involvement with the charity in 2021 after a friend asked if she could fill in for her one time. She fell in love with the cause, and since then she has volunteered with the charity as an ‘on the ground’ volunteer, working tirelessly to provide lifesaving provisions for those living on the streets, understanding their needs and offering further support. Without volunteers such as Lais, this wouldn’t be possible.
Under One Sky provides support to people affected by street homelessness in London, Brighton and Durham. The charity’s mission is to end homelessness in the UK by shifting public understanding, empowering people to engage with homelessness and providing direct support to those affected by homelessness.
Rebecca McGowan, Aon
Charity: Working Families
Rebecca was appointed as a trustee in 2019 and as treasurer in 2020. As the cost of living crisis deepens and as a result of the pandemic, parents and carers have found it increasing difficult to find flexible work which allows them to balance employment with childcare. Rebecca’s expertise and experience in economic scenario planning, developed through her role at Aon, has helped the charity plan for the future and deal with the challenges the organisation faces.
Working Families is the UK's national charity for working parents and carers. Working Families' mission is to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face at work. It does this by providing free legal advice to working parents/carers who are facing poor workplace treatment and supporting employers to build flexible, family-friendly, high performing workplaces.
Sally Bramall, Willis Towers Watson
Charity - The Brain Tumour Charity (Lizzie's Fund)
Sally set up Lizzie’s Fund supporter group in 2018, and ever since she has been the lead organiser and fundraiser of Lizzie’s Fund, raising over £90,000 in 2022 to fund life changing research. She has also helped raise awareness of the importance of funding for cancer and has featured on BBC local radio.
The Brain Tumour Charity is the largest dedicated funder of research into finding a cure for brain tumours. Their 5 year strategy is to ‘double the survival’ rate of people diagnosed with a brain tumour and ‘half the harm’ by improving their quality of life.
Shelley Simmonds, S A Meacock & Co.
Charity: Disability Rights UK
For Shelly the impact of the Charity is very close to her heart. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2021 and has been Chair of the People, Equality and Governance Committee, overseeing the HR and Governance matters of the organisation. Since being on the committee she has implemented a succession and cover plan, a critical part of the organisations strategy. Being an organisation run by people with disabilities, the plan enables the organisation to continue providing it’s services when employees are unable to work due to illness.
Disability Rights UK is a campaigning and influencing human rights organisation for, and run by disabled people. 85% of Trustees are disabled, as are the majority of staff. The charity works to influence regional and national change for better rights, benefits, quality of life and equal opportunities, empowering and including individuals in every aspect of life.