2017 Australian Insurance Industry Awards winners named

The winners of the 2017 Australian Insurance Industry Awards held at The Star in Sydney have now been named.

The Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIIF) and the Asia Insurance Review (AIR) hosted the awards to recognise the great achievements of insurance companies and insurance professionals.

“With a breadth of the industry represented amongst this year’s winners, it is very pleasing to see that this industry and its people are increasingly focused on the betterment of our industry, our staff and our community through various projects, programs and innovations. While not everyone can be a winner, it’s been great to see this focus evident throughout many submissions for this year’s awards,” said ANZIIF CEO, Prue Willsford.

The broking and general insurance categories saw some familiar faces take home awards, including Austbrokers Coast to Coast, who won Small Broking Company of the Year; Aon, for Large Insurance Company of the Year; RAA Insurance, for Small-Medium General Insurance Company of the Year; NRMA Insurance, for Direct General Insurance Company of the Year; and Allianz Australia, who won Large General Insurance Company of the Year.

“The winners of this year’s awards really speak for the glory of the industry. Insurance still has so much to offer society, and the winners of tonight’s wards must make this pitch and push the standards higher,” said Asia Insurance Review Editor-in-Chief, Sivam Subramanian.

Other winners from the night included GSA Insurance Brokers; who took home Medium Broking Company of the Year; CHU Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd, for Underwriting Agency of the Year; AIA Australia, for Life Insurance Company of the Year; Suncorp’s Cyclone Resilience Benefit, for Innovation of the Year; Barry.Nilsson., for Professional Services Firm of the Year; TAL, for Women’s Employer of the Year; and Allianz Australia’s One Service, which won Insurance Learning Program of the Year.

Among the awards for individual excellence, Kimberley Jonsson of CHU Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd was announced Young Insurance Professional of the Year, Vivek Bhatia of icare was announced Insurance Leader of the Year and John Lamble, who has been credited with redefining the insurance landscape, was recognised with the ANZIIF Lifetime Achievement Award.

The winners for each category are listed below:

Service Provider to the Industry of the Year-Gallagher Bassett
Professional Services Firm of the Year-Barry.Nilsson
Women’s Employer of the Year-TAL
Insurance Learning Program of the Year-Allianz Australia, One Service
Innovation of the Year-Suncorp, Cyclone Resilience Benefit
Small Broking Company of the Year-Austbrokers Coast to Coast
Medium Broking Company of the Year-GSA Insurance Brokers
Large Broking Company of the Year-Aon
Underwriting Agency of the Year-CHU Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd
Direct General Insurance Company of the Year-NRMA Insurance
Small-Medium General Insurance Company of the Year-RAA Insurance
Large General Insurance Company of the Year-Allianz Australia
Young Insurance Professional of the Year-Kimberley Jonsson, CHU Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd
Insurance Leader of the Year-Vivek Bhatia, icare
ANZIIF Lifetime Achievement Award-John Lamble