About Us

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

Patricia is the Owner of The Net-Work Meetings Limited, the parent company of The-Women’s-Insurance-Net-Work (TWIN) & The-Pensions-Net-Work (TPNW). She deals with the membership, sponsorship, bookings and all the meeting/event logistics.
She helped set up TPNW in March 2006,  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 Councillor since 2012, and was elected Paulton Parish Council’s Chairman in May 2023.  She 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. 

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

Flood Re is represented by Kelly Ostler-Coyle

Kelly is Head of Communications at Flood Re, previously she worked in Comms and Public Affairs at the Association of British Insurers. Kelly also has extensive experience working in government both in Whitehall and in Parliament for Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP. She is an award winning communications public affairs and campaigns professional with a background in financial services. Experienced in developing strategic integrated public relations, policy and public affairs initiatives and delivering tactical campaigns that support corporate priorities.

Other members of the Advisory Board are:

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.

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.

 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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