Scholarship winners announced

Six brokers are being helped on their way up the professional ladder after winning this year’s annual NIBA College scholarships.

Two brokers were selected to win the prestigious Frank Earl Memorial Scholarship with Victorian brokers Samantha Forkas, of Willis, and EBM’s James Lording each claiming an Advanced Diploma through NIBA College, as well as full registration for this September’s NIBAConvention – courtesy of sponsor Macquarie Pacific Funding.


Samantha Forkas and James Lording.

Stuart White, CEO of Macquarie Pacific Funding, said: “We have a strong commitment to supporting learning, training and professional development in the insurance broking industry and are proud sponsors of The Frank Earl Memorial Scholarship.

“We believe that this educational award is a great way to promote Frank’s legacy. Frank Earl was a well-respected broker, a long serving NIBA board member, and was a driving force behind NIBA developing the higher education programs that are in place today. We congratulate Samantha and James, who are deserving winners.”

Meanwhile, four more brokers won Professional Excellence Scholarships to participate in NIBA College’s Certified Professional Insurance Broker (CPIB) development program, courtesy of CGU.

Bunmi Ajayi (Megalines Insurance Brokers, VIC);  Adele Krstevski (InterRISK, NSW);  Gavin Doherty – Bruce Insurance Brokers, WA) and Ian Poustie (CKA Risk Solutions, WA) were the four winners.

Darren Jones, CGU’s National Manager – Key Accounts & Industry Associations, Broker & Agent Division, says:  “We are committed to building strong partnerships with brokers and working together to strengthen the broker industry more broadly. The CGU-NIBA Professional Excellence Scholarships are a fantastic opportunity for insurance professionals to develop their skills, build capacity and capabilities to  respond to changing customer needs.

“We are delighted to offer our support and encourage all those looking for educational opportunities to apply next year.”