Broker award nominations open

Nominations for NIBA’s top broking accolade are now open, with the award refreshed with a new name and sponsor for 2016.

QBE will back NIBA’s national Broker of the Year Award, which has been renamed the Stephen Ball Memorial Award in memory of the former NIBA President and JLT Australia Chairman who died last year.

QBE has signed a three-year agreement to sponsor the accolade, which will put the five regional Broker of the Year winners into the running to take out the national Stephen Ball Memorial Award.

The overall winner will be announced at the 2016 NIBA Convention in Melbourne this September, and will be the recipient of a professional-development prize valued at $20,000.

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth says: “Recognising and rewarding excellence in insurance broking is central to what we do at NIBA. We are particularly pleased to be able to honour Stephen Ball by renaming the award.

“Stephen embodied all the qualities we look for in insurance brokers, and we believe this is a fitting tribute for all he brought to the profession. We’re extremely pleased to be partnering with QBE on such a prestigious award, and we are very grateful for the support they will be providing.”

QBE Australia’s Executive General Manager Intermediary Distribution Jason Clarke says: “QBE is incredibly proud to be supporting the Stephen Ball Memorial Award and working with NIBA to recognise and celebrate the commitment and professionalism of intermediaries in our industry.

“This award not only provides brokers with a valuable opportunity to showcase their exceptional work, but to motivate others by demonstrating what’s possible. We’re especially excited to be involved in the year the award is renamed. Stephen epitomised the very best qualities of the broking profession and dedicating this award to his name makes receiving it even more significant.”

Stephen’s wife, Maureen Ball, adds: “I am really delighted to see Stephen’s contribution to insurance broking recognised by this award. He was a strong advocate of the industry and while he genuinely encouraged self-development, he recognised that a strong industry needs its members to participate to keep it relevant and robust.”

I hope that the future recipients of this award will be encouraged by these comments to get actively involved in their industry,” she adds.

Regional nominations for the 2016 award will open until 15 April. Complete an online nomination form here.

Meanwhile, nominations for the Vero-sponsored Young Professional Broker of the Year Award are open until 29 February. Full details and nomination forms can be found here.