Valerie Baker Memorial Award winner off to London

South Australian broker Daniel Bullock has earned an all-expenses-paid professional development trip to London after being announced as the winner of Gold Seal’s 2016 Valerie Baker Memorial Award.

The annual award recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector. The nominees were judged on criteria that centred around ethics and values, business success, client relationships, teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry contribution.

Bullock, who is the MD of Safeguard Insurance Brokers, based in the Adelaide suburb of Plympton, impressed the award judges through his success in growing his business and his ability to adapt the business in the face of significant internal changes, as well as his active involvement with the IBNA cluster group.

The other highly-commended finalists were Micheal Kincaid Regional Insurance Brokers in QLD; and Kurt Nilsen of Lion Underwriting in NSW.

The Valerie Baker Memorial Award judges consisted of Chris Mackinnon, General Representative Lloyd’s Australia; Jim Rudkin, Chairman of Steadfast Insurance Brokers and Steadfast Underwriting Agencies; Martin McAvenna, representing the AIMS Group; and Sheila Baker, Managing Director of Gold Seal.

For winning, Bullock will receive a career-enhancing opportunity to see first-hand how the London insurance market operates, with his prize to include:

  • All-expenses-paid trip to London
  • An industry short course to help the winner to network and to increase market knowledge
  • Focused learning activities with key underwriters and brokers in the London markets
  • Tour of Lloyd’s of London and meetings with senior managers

Sheila Baker, Managing Director Gold Seal said: “Daniel has long been a strong, positive figure in the intermediary space and I know he will make the most of every minute he spends in the heart of the London market and at Lloyd’s.

“This is the first time a South Australian intermediary has won the Award and it speaks volumes to Daniel’s achievements, both within his own businesses and supporting the broader insurance community.”