Valerie Baker Memorial Award Nominations are closing..EXTENDED: Nominations open until 12 February 2016!

The Valerie Baker Memorial Award is an award that recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector.  Applications open on 15th October and will close on the 20th December 2015 12th February 2016.


Valerie Baker

The Award memorialises the achievements Val Baker, a doyen of our industry in every sense of the word. She put in a lifetime of effort to improve the professionalism of the Insurance Broking and Underwriting Agency industries with her work continuing by encouraging high potential individuals with this award.  It is awarded nationally once every year and is sponsored by Gold Seal, the Steadfast Group and most recently this year the inclusion of sponsorship from AIMS.

The Award is open to all Australian Brokers and Underwriting Agents, not only to members of the Steadfast Group, AIMS Group or their equity-linked businesses. The winner will be announced at a function to be held at Lloyd’s Australia’s new premises in May 2016.

The winner will receive a career enhancing opportunity to see first-hand how the London Market operates.

The prize includes:

    • Expenses-paid trip to London – business class air fares and accommodation
    • Attendance at a Chartered Insurance Institute short course
    • Focused learning activities with key underwriters and brokers
    • Meet with senior managers at Lloyd’s of London
    • Mentoring opportunities from 2015 winner Julie Pernecker

The 2015 winner Julie Pernecker of All Parks Insurance summed up her experience saying;

“Leading up to my trip to London I was a bag of mixed emotions. Once exposed to the London Market the fears I had were soon replaced with excitement and thoughts of all the opportunities the London Market has to offer. I had been introduced to a whole new world and level of insurance.

 After having the opportunity to sit “on the box” with a few syndicates my mind was working overtime on the great opportunities this could mean for our business.

 The experience of all the people I was put in contact with thanks to the Valerie Baker Award has offered me a wealth of knowledge and opportunities. I cannot wait to see where this takes me in the future.”

If you are interested in nominating a person for the Award or in applying, please go to the link on the Gold Seal website and follow the steps as outlined. Any nominees feeling a little daunted are cordially invited to give Sheila Baker from Gold Seal a call, and she will help all comers through the application process.

There are no age restrictions with the only criteria being that you work for a broking house or underwriting agency. If you fit this simple criteria, there are no excuses, just get in and nominate. So click on the link and nominate (And if you take this advice and win, remember this blog in your acceptance speech!).

Good luck! goldsealsteadfast

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