Bosses at insurer become teachers for local school

BACK TO SCHOOL Zurich Insurance's UK human resources director Peter Campbell and UK general counsel Neil Hodges taking a class with Brookfield School from Fareham
BACK TO SCHOOL Zurich Insurance's UK human resources director Peter Campbell and UK general counsel Neil Hodges taking a class with Brookfield School from Fareham
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BUSINESS leaders from Zurich Insurance in Whiteley have gone back to the classroom – but this time as teachers.

Peter Campbell, UK human resources director, and Neil Hodges, UK general counsel, gave a lesson to 67 pupils from Brookfield School in Sarisbury Green.

They were teaching the youngsters about what insurance companies do to help reduce the risks in people’s lives, as well as why it’s important to be responsible in business.

Stephen Lewis, chief executive officer of Zurich UK general insurance, which has its national headquarters in Whiteley, said: ‘None of the team has any experience in teaching or training, so this has been a great challenge for us.

‘By transferring our knowledge and business skills, we are aiming to give a lesson on important topics that will deliver lasting benefits to the next generation.’

Employees in Whiteley joined those in Zurich’s offices around the world who are involved in volunteering exercises this week as part of the company’s Global Volunteer Week initiative.

Mr Lewis added: ‘We have a very established community investment programme in the UK delivered through the Zurich Community Trust. The trust is funded jointly by the UK businesses and donations from employees, and last year donated over £2m in grants and brokered just under 6,000 days of employee volunteering.

‘Zurich’s first Global Community Week last year was an inspiring success. This year, we hope to build on the momentum and support the overall goal which is to make a real difference to people’s lives.’

Beverley Pugh, director of learning at Brookfield School, said: ‘To be able to work so closely with successful business people from the Zurich executive team is extremely valuable in bringing reality and stressing the importance of the theory they learn in school.

‘In addition, the inspiration and motivation from working with the Zurich team provides the students with a real boost and encourages them to aim high.’