Stephen Ball’s legacy lives on in new JLT scholarship

A year after JLT Australia Chairman Steve Ball passed away while on a trip to the UK, a trio of the company’s rising stars have been recognised by being named recipients of the Stephen Ball Emerging Talent Scholarship.

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Maureen Ball with the three Stephen Ball Emerging Talent Scholarship winners

The Stephen Ball Emerging Talent Scholarship was created by JLT Australia in memory and celebration of “Ballie’s” life and to honour his commitment to developing young talent.

The scholarship is aimed at JLT Australia and New Zealand employees who are establishing their careers and recognises those who have made a significant impact on their division, the wider business and who personify company values.

The inaugural winners of the Stephen Ball Emerging Talent Scholarship are:

  • Jacqueline Milson, National Customer Engagement Manager, Recovre
  • Jamie Rigoli, Account Manager, JLT Australia
  • James Harmer, Account Manager, JLT Australia

The recipients of the scholarship will receive a personalised development experience aimed at providing further opportunities to grow professionally and personally.

Leo Demer, CEO of JLT Australia, said: “It’s great to see such an amazing depth of talent within the JLT Australia and New Zealand. We are proud to continue the work of Stephen Ball in his honour in supporting emerging talent within the insurance industry.”

Ball, or “Ballie” as he was affectionately known, joined JLT Australia in 1982 and was appointed Chairman in 2013. He was a long-serving Board member of NIBA and was awarded NIBA’s Lex McKeown Trophy for outstanding services to broking in 2008.

On May 15 2015, Ball sadly died of a heart attack while playing golf during a visit to the UK. As well as the JLT scholarships, Ball’s contribution to broking was also recognised at NIBA with the annual Broker of the Year Award being renamed the Stephen Ball Memorial Award in his honour.