Graduated from the London School of Economics in 1979 with a language degree. Went on to qualify as a chartered accountant in 1982 and worked in the accounting profession at KPMG until 1985.
Joined the Corporation of Lloyd's and during the ensuing 14 years was variously responsible for accounting, solvency, reporting, membership and capital matters affecting Lloyd's members, underwriting agents and brokers. Was involved in the Lloyd's Reconstruction and Renewal plan.
In 1999, Barbara became Managing Director of the Omega Group and then joined the Hardy Underwriting Group as CEO in 2002.
Hardy manages syndicate 382 at Lloyd's which underwrites a broad mix of business including marine, aviation, energy, property, specialty and catastrophe reinsurance. The Group was listed on the London Stock Exchange until it was acquired by CNA based in Chicago in July 2012. Barbara stepped down as CEO in early 2014.
Barbara has served two terms on the Lloyd's Market Association Board and has chaired the LMA's training and development committee for 6 years. She was a member of the Council of Lloyd's from 2007 to 2009. She is a member of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Insurers and a Vice President of the Insurance Institute of London.
Currently, Barbara is closely involved in a number of initiatives associated with talent management and the diversity and inclusion agenda, namely the Inclusion@Lloyd's group, the Insurance Supper Club, and IWIN, the women's forum established under the auspices of the Worshipful Company of Insurers; she has a number of charitable interests, including as a trustee for the Barbican Arts Centre and a fundraiser for the charity Women for Women International; she is a business angel investor and a non executive director for Domestic and General Insurance Limited.