AILA hosts three award finals

The Australian Insurance Law Association is hosting finals for the Ron Shorter Memorial Award for Professionalism in Public Speaking in three states.

Three finalists have been selected in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland (including an insurance broker).

The finalists from each state


  • Adrian Di Pasquale (AIG): Kidnap & ransom insurance
  • Erica Lawson (Logie-Smith Lanyon): Digital transformation and the dawn of social sharing in the insurance industry
  • Alexis Taylor (Wotton + Kearney): Riding in cars with Siri? Potential legal and insurance implications of the rise of artificial intelligence


  • Martin Rowney (HWL Ebsworth): Recovery, risk and reinstatement – a perfect storm
  • Natalie Donnan (McInnes Wilson): Unpacking the fairly untested waters of the rise of the drone – and the insurance implications that may flow
  • Camilla Griffin (Suncorp): The necessary evil


  • Tenniele Horton (QBE): The blurring lines between the roles of insurers, brokers and other advisers
  • Christina Neylon (Ausure): Underinsurance and the negative impacts on the insured in the event of a claim
  • Christopher Smith (HWL Ebsworth): Weird and wacky things people now seek insurance for

The award was conceptualised by Ron Shorter before he died in 2012. It has been running for five years in NSW and expanded to Victoria last year. Queensland joined the awards this year. The award is sponsored by Colin Biggers & Paisley and Unisearch.

Applicants initially explained how they would benefit from public speaking training and nominated an insurance-related topic they would speak on if selected to participate.

AILA selected participants in each state for the second stage of the competition where Polaris Coaching’s Jennifer Beard delivered intense training on key elements and nuances of public speaking. Using their newfound skills, participants then spoke for two minutes on their topics. They were judged by panels who selected three participants to progress to the finals, where they will speak for 10-15 minutes.

State winners will receive a Ron Shorter Award trophy, a $500 Westfield voucher and the opportunity to speak at the 2016 AILA National Conference in Adelaide on 13-14 October. Runners up each receive $200 Westfield vouchers.