Maxim Cook announced as Co-Chair of Link

After a weeks-long application and selection process, Link is excited to announce the appointment of Maxim Cook as our new Co-Chair, where they will work alongside existing chair Maurice Rose and the committee.

The appointment marks a great step forward for Link and reflects our increased commitments and successes as an organisation. The workload had simply grown too much for one person to coordinate, and so we decided to find a Co-Chair.

Amongst several excellent applications received, Maxim stood out. Maxim works at Tokio Marine Kiln (TMK) where they are heavily involved in their LGBTQ+ network and helps to coordinate the company’s entire I&D programme.

As Maxim puts it, they took over as chair of the TMK network group at short notice and their experience there led them to discover an aptitude they never knew was there. At the same time, their profile as an industry champion of LGBTQ+ awareness has increased thanks to appearances at Dive-In and other panels.

After just three months chairing the TMK network group, Maxim was seconded onto I&D where they have focused particularly on ensuring events are both accessible and diverse.

“I find this work thrilling and rewarding,” Maxim said, adding: “Whilst inequality and underrepresentation drives me to make the market a better place for our community, I always have the best interests of the entire community at heart.”

“Since Maxim became chair of the network group at TMK, the group’s membership has quadrupled, which is a testament to his commitment, drive, and organisational skills,” said Maurice Rose.

“Maxim is passionate about raising awareness for minority voices and bringing their intersectionality around non-binary and neurodiversity inclusion to the forefront of the discussion and will be instrumental in driving Link forward. I am very pleased to be working with Maxim as Co-Chair, and I am confident this appointment will support Link’s mission to make the Insurance industry the employer of choice for the LGBTQ+ community,” Maurice added.