About Us

Patricia McSherry – Managing Director
Email: patricia@the-net-work-meetings.com

Patricia is the Managing Director of The Net-Work Meetings Limited, the parent company of TWIN & TPNW. She deals with the membership, sponsorship, bookings and all the meeting/event logistics.
She helped set up The-Pensions-Net-Work (TPNW) in March 2006, The-Women’s-Insurance-Net-Work (TWIN) in February 2007 and The-Investment-Net-Work (TIN) in May 2007.
She took over the company in December 2010.
With a background in TV, Theatre, Cabaret, Fitness, Sales and Recruitment, Patricia’s work history is certainly not average. She has learned a great deal from her wide range of experiences. She has been a village Councillor since 2012. Is an active volunteer at Zenith Youth Theatre Company in Bath, is Chair of its Management Committee and has a seat on the Board of Trustees. She has one daughter, who is studying BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Guildford School of Acting (University of Surrey).

A representative from each of our Sponsors has a seat on the Advisory Board

Flood Re is represented by Sam Dansey

Sam is responsible for Flood Re’s market facing operation; its systems, processes and people. Sam also leads Flood Re’s engagement strategy and relationships with its participants, whether primary insurers, MGAs, brokers and other industry companies; bringing them along with Flood Re as the scheme and its social purpose develops. Sam is also a founding member of the facilitation team that assisted Flood Re in progressing in its aim to become a high performing and strengths-based organisation which continues to deliver in Flood Re’s new model of remote/office working.


Reynolds Porter Chamberlain is represented by Alexandra Anderson

Alexandra is an insurance lawyer with particular expertise in both construction and surveyors’ claims.
On the construction side, she acts predominantly for architects and engineers and has been involved in many complex and high-value disputes involving projects in the UK and worldwide.
Alexandra also has a wealth of experience in acting for surveyors, both via their insurers and upon direct instructions. She has been involved in advising on and defending a wide variety of claims, arising from all aspects of the typical surveying practice, from survey and valuation to property management. She acts for a number of the largest UK practices, as well as working with RICS on various risk management and education issues.
Alexandra is a regular speaker and author on a wide range of topics affecting both construction professionals and surveyors and co-edits Hogarth’s ‘Insurance for the Construction Industry’. She was involved in the 2008 and 2011 revisions to the RICS minimum terms and sits on their Market Liaison Group.

Other members of the Advisory Board are:

Sara Ager

Sara set up GreenKite in 2019 with a team of other experienced financial services professionals. She has been working within the financial services industry since 2001.

Sara specialises in helping businesses close the gap between ‘front end’ commercial ambition and regulatory and legal requirements. Her detailed understanding of market dynamics and of the current market conditions facing businesses allows her to look ahead and anticipate problems and issues which an organisation may face further down the track.
Sara has been a member of TWIN since 2014 and has been a regular attendee and guest Chairperson. Sara joined TWIN’s Advisory Board in September 2021.

 Chika Aghadiuno

Chika is a general insurance actuary at Aviva who has recently branched out in to a broader Enterprise Risk role. As Group Risk Strategy & Analysis Director, Chika leads a small team of risk experts tasked with looking across Aviva’s global operations and providing insight to key decision makers on the macro and emerging risks faced by Aviva.

Separately, as well as being on TWIN’s Advisory Board, Chika is a Board Director of the Aviva Staff Pensions Scheme and is active in the diversity space as co-chair of the Aviva London Women’s Network and is chair of the IFoA Diversity Advisory Group.

 Monique Alder

Monique has over 30 years’ expertise in strategy, finance, risk, operations, insurance and technology within the Lloyd’s, wholesale, retail, start up and SME sectors across the UK, Europe, India and USA.

Kathy Byrne

Kathy has been working in financial services for more than thirty years and has an eclectic mixture of experience in insurance, savings and risk. She is the CEO of Metfriendly, providing a comprehensive range of savings, investments and protection products tailored to meet the needs of the police family in the London area. In the past Kathy has managed the retail investment business for an insurance company, run an actuarial department covering life and non-life business lines and worked in product design and development. Kathy is a part owner of a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina and the first wine, Alpasión 2011 Malbec, was awarded 90 ‘parker’ points by Wine Advocate magazine.

 Neil Cantle

Neil is the Principal and Consulting Actuary at Milliman.
Based in the London office covering a wide range of consulting areas including: Enterprise Risk Management; Strategy; Product Development; Longevity; and, Mergers & Acquisitions.Neil initiated the creation of CRisALIS(TM), a cutting-edge development to facilitate better enterprise risk management and the early identification of emerging risks in complex environments.
Neil joined TWINs Advisory Board in September 2021.

Helen Crofts – Co-Founder and Past Chair

Helen spent many years in the corporate world as an actuary in the international reinsurance sector before her career took a scenic detour via motherhood, self-employment and a mild obsession with yoga.

She now lives in Shropshire and works remotely, providing analytical consulting services to insurance clients in Bermuda and occasionally the Caribbean – when she isn’t driving her children to assorted sporting fixtures. 

Cathy Garner

Cathy Garner, BSc (Hons), ACII, Chartered Insurer, is a co-founder and Director of G3P, a company formed to set up a new life and health insurance carrier in Europe.  During her 30+ year career, she has been the Active Underwriter of both ANV Life Syndicate 779 and Kiln Life Syndicate 308, and latterly was the Global Head of Life and Disability for Global Benefits Group.  Prior to entering Lloyd’s, Cathy spent a decade working for Swiss Re Life & Health UK and Friends’ Provident.  In 2016 Cathy was identified by young insurers as an industry role model in an Insurance Post survey, and as an Influential Woman in Re/Insurance by the Intelligent Insurer.  She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers, and a Freeman of the City of London.


Peter Le Beau

Peter Le Beau decided to form The-Net-Work in 2001 after leaving Swiss Re. He felt there should be an opportunity for people to meet informally and discuss the major strategic issues affecting the life insurance world. The inaugural meeting was held in May 2001 and it has grown to become one of the most respected strategic forums in the Life industry. 

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