Ernest Lionel Jacobs

Artist: Henry Marvell Carr

In office from: 1943 - 1946

Background: Underwriting

Jacobs, an underwriter, joined the General Committee in 1918 and became Deputy Chairman in 1937. Although his tenure as Chairman lasted only three years, he had trenchant views about the need to reform the way the Society was governed but found it difficult to bring about change. He also faced resistance to his desire to bring about an amalgamation between the Society and British Corporation but his persistence led to the opening of the discussions which would reach fruition in 1949.

Jacobs died in May 1969.

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British Corporation history

Women of LR

During both the First and Second World War women were appointed to administrative posts and by 1945, 35 women were employed at head office. They were the backbone of the Society, ensuring the steady running of the organisation through a tumultuous period.