Enda Brazel has just completed three and a half years in his role as Chief Underwriting Officer with RSA Insurance Ireland. Enda was previously Chief Underwriting Officer and Chief Operations Officer with IPB Insurance. He also had a previous career prior to insurance in aviation with Aer Lingus – his last role there was Head of Business Planning.
What has been your career highlight to date?
After a huge team effort over three years we returned RSA Ireland to profit last year (2017) – a tremendous achievement given how steep the challenge was. Also delighted with the team we built through this which should ensure ongoing success.
What qualities do you need to succeed in business?
Honesty, integrity, intuition and especially resilience.
Who or what are your main influences?
Have learnt a lot from over the years from many mentors, too many to mention, especially in Aer Lingus.
What is the most challenging part of your role?
Getting the balance right between being fully committed to work and business, and fully committed to home and family also.
What, in your view, is the biggest challenge facing directors in Ireland today?
Everyone knows about compliance, regulation, and directors’ obligations under company law, but ensuring as a director that you’re getting the right level of visibility into this is critical. Board packs are getting ever-longer, so being able to filter down to the key questions that determine company health and success, is vital.
What, in your opinion, makes a great leader?
Honesty, integrity, intuition and resilience. Courage and vision. Spending more time listening than talking is also useful!
What do you hope to gain from your membership with the IoD?
I’m excited to continue my own personal development as a director through the IoD, and look forward to building my networks further. Having access to the resources of the Institute is a plus.