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Work and play for Rebecca Wilson in London

Insurance Risk & Professional Jun-Jul 2011

In the first of a new series, we catch up with a insurance professional who has had an eventful couple of months. First up, 2010 Warren Tickle Memorial Award Winner Rebecca Wilson relives her recent trip to London.

"The entire experience was amazing. London is one of my favourite cities in the world, so it was fantastic to head back there.

“One of the highlights was to visit Lloyds of London – my good friend Chris Lavender now works in the London market and was kind enough to show me around. He then took me out for a good, old-fashioned insurance lunch near by.

“I was very fortunate that some of my colleagues at Austbrokers and our business partners in Australia had introduced me to some great people in the London market. A lot of them took the time to meet with me and show me through their business operations.

“One person in particular, Paul Butler, spent a couple of hours talking to me and mentoring me on the pressures of running a business, achieving results, and maintaining a work-life balance. It was a great experience and I feel very lucky to have had it.

“From a non-work perspective, the trip also gave me a great chance to meet up with some of my closest friends. We did some sightseeing, shopping and shared lots of laughs over good food and wine. We also had a barbeque to celebrate the royal wedding.

“We also spent a week out of London. We went to a lovely day spa for two days, which was really relaxing, and then visited the picturesque Cotswolds, which had lovely green fields and thatched buildings.

“Given the time of year, it has been all systems go since I’ve returned back to work. But having said that, I’ve come back feeling really relaxed.

“This trip highlighted what we young professionals can actually achieve in the insurance profession. I am feeling really motivated about what I can achieve both in the next 12 months and in my career at Austbrokers ABS.

“I’d like to thank Vero and NIBA for such an amazing experience and I would encourage all young professionals to apply for the Warren Tickle Memorial Award.”

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