INGA BEALE is used to smashing glass ceilings.
She made history in 2013 when she was appointed chief executive of Lloyd’s of London, the first female to head the insurance market in 325 years.
Today Ms Beale made headlines again when she became the first woman and first openly bisexual to top the annual power list of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender executives.
This year’s Top 100 from OUTstanding also celebrates its highest ever ranking transgender executive, Martine Rothblatt, CEO of United Therapeutics, at number four.
The professional network said this is particularly important, when research shows 32 per cent of transgender workers think coming out would have a negative effect on future promotions.
Suki Sandhu, founder of OUTstanding, said: “Compared to 2013, we see far more people wanting to be associated with the lists – this year we have 42 brand new additions to the Top 100 alone.
“This is fantastic news as I hope it shows people are both more comfortable about being their true selves at work, and also that they see the value of ‘going public’ in terms of inspiring the next generation of leaders.”
Christopher Bailey, the Yorkshireman at the helm of global fashion brand Burberry, was number eight in the list. Others include Antonio Simoes, chief executive of HSBC Bank UK.
Ms Beale said: “I am proud of the commitment of Lloyd’s and the London insurance market to celebrate diversity and ensure we are an attractive, globally relevant and inclusive sector.”