Valerie Baker Award 2016 winner announced

Fri, 06/05/2016

AIMS, Gold Seal and the Steadfast Group are pleased to announce Daniel Bullock as the winner of the Valerie Baker Memorial Award for 2016. The announcement took place at a special event hosted by Lloyd’s on 5 May in Sydney. The Valerie Baker Memorial Award recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector.

Daniel Bullock is from Safeguard Insurance Brokers SA.

The judges were impressed with Daniel’s success in growing his business and his ability to adapt the business in the face of significant internal changes. Coupled with this, has been his sustained involvement in IBNA and seeking to further advance the expertise within the sector. Daniel has clearly demonstrated many of the values epitomised by Valerie Baker during her career.

Daniel will receive a career enhancing opportunity to see first-hand how the London Market operates, including:

  • Expenses-paid trip to London
  • An industry short course to help the winner to network and to increase market knowledge
  • Focused learning activities with key underwriters and brokers in the London markets
  • Tour of Lloyd’s of London and meetings with senior managers

Sheila Baker, Managing Director Gold Seal said, “I’m so pleased for Daniel. He has long been a strong, positive figure in the intermediary space and I know he will make the most of every minute he spends in the heart of the London Market and at Lloyd’s.

This is the first time a South Australian intermediary has won the Award and it speaks volumes to Daniel’s achievements, both within his own businesses and supporting the broader insurance community.

I was not sure how this year’s applicants could match up with the calibre of last year, but I have been seriously impressed by the genuine quality of applications. I’m even more excited at the thought of what talent next year will bring”.

Award nominations were shortlisted and the finalists interviewed by the judging panel. The panel consisted of Chris Mackinnon, General Representative Lloyd’s Australia; Jim Rudkin, Chairman of Steadfast Insurance Brokers and Steadfast Underwriting Agencies representing the Steadfast Group; Martin McAvenna, representing the AIMS Group and Sheila Baker, Managing Director of Gold Seal.

“My thanks also go to the judges on the panel who gave generously of their time and industry knowledge for this purpose as well as AIMS, Steadfast and Lloyd’s for their support of this respected industry-wide award.” Baker added.
The nominees were judged on criteria that centred around ethics and values, business success, client relationships, teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry contribution.

The other highly commended finalists were:
Micheal Kincaid – Regional Insurance Brokers QLD (Steadfast)
Kurt Nilsen - Lion Underwriting (UAC)

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