The exhibition, commissioned by Lloyd’s, features the profiles and portraits of six diverse role models, which will be displayed alongside existing portraits of former Lloyd’s chairpersons. The role models were chosen in recognition of their efforts in championing DE&I within the insurance industry and to reflect their personal journeys. The portraits were taken in and around the Lloyd’s building and feature references to their life and achievements.
Erik’s portrait, hung in the Old Library, Lloyd’s of London | Source: MIC Global LinkedIn
The artist behind the new portraits, Franklyn Rodgers, is a celebrated portrait artist and creative director. He dedicated several months to thorough research – delving into the rich history and evolution of Lloyd’s as a corporation, as well as the symbolic Old Library – which allowed him to craft an aesthetic that compliments the existing portraits with the essence of Lloyd’s identity, culture, and historical legacy.
Erik is passionate about inclusivity and DE&I within the insurance industry, having co-founded three DE&I partner networks. In recent years his advocacy has been recognised, having received awards in 2017, 2019, and most recently in 2023 for his dedication to championing inclusion and diversity. On being chosen as a role model in this project, Erik felt it was important in ‘a market where historically different backgrounds were not always highlighted or welcome… Being gay is not a visible diversity characteristic and being visible matters’ and that the portraits will allow ‘visitors to see first-hand the diversity of the market, encouraging diverse talent to join and remain in the Lloyd’s market.’
His full profile can be read on the Lloyd’s of London website.