Australia’s best young brokers revealed

The 2018 Insurance Business Young Guns list is finally here

Australia’s best young brokers revealed

Insurance News

By Nicola Middlemiss

Australia’s most promising brokers have been named in Insurance Business’s annual Young Guns list with 35 rising stars making the final cut.

Nominated by colleagues, managers and peers, these up-and-comers have been recognised for bringing fresh ideas into their practice and have already distinguished themselves far beyond their years.

QBE’s Nicole Coleby is among those featured in the list – originally joining the company in a casual customer service role, Coleby was recently promoted to business operations manager and is one of two senior female leaders in the firm’s specialty business.

“I have worked in the insurance industry for over 25 years and have found Nicole to be one of the most accomplished insurance professionals I have worked with,” said one of her colleagues.

Kim Nguyen, of Allianz Australia, also made the cut – starting her insurance career as a broker, Nguyen has since transitioned to become a market-leading account manager, managing a $10 million GWP general insurance portfolio of marquee insurance brokers in NSW.

Melbourne-based James Tsalkos is also included in this year’s list – since joining Swiss Re Corporate Solutions less than a year ago, Tsalkos has emerged as a prominent underwriter of D&O and professional indemnity while also becoming an active member of various industry bodies.

The full list of 2018 Insurance Business Young Guns is below:

Celeste Abbondanza, assistant business relationship manager, QBE

Jodie Maree Banks, senior underwriter, About Underwriting

Alana Brown, broker, MGA Insurance Brokers Darwin

Edward Burrell, senior associate, insurance and reinsurance, Clyde & Co

Nicole Coleby, business operations manager, specialty, QBE

Jess Dametto, account broker, Webber Insurance Services

Matthew Dawson, business development manager, Direct Insurance Brokers

Kim Dempster, acting underwriting manager, strata insurance, QUS

James Dunstan, officer manager and account executive, North Queensland Insurance Brokers

Claire Farmer, underwriting account manager, CHU

Meggan Freestone, senior underwriter, accident and health, QBE

Sarah Hando, underwriting manager, Rural Affinity Insurance

Temika Hill, assistant account broker, Stewart Insurance Group

Bailey Howden, senior underwriter and team leader, WA, Accident & Health International

Leigh Moulden, director and principal, Doreen Insurance Solutions

Ben Neat, executive loss adjuster, Integra Technical Services

Kim Nguyen, senior account manager, Allianz

Laura Nicol, claims consultant, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

Chris Park, director, National Insurance Group

Brodie Pigram, insurance officer, Queensland Urban

Daniel Quintin, branch manager, Gallagher

Samuel Rogers, account manager, financial lines group, cyber insurance specialist, JLT

Jonathan Ross, account executive, Aviso WA

Michelle Ross, national program manager, Cornerstone, Chubb

Jenna Sammut, account manager, professional risks and direct, retail risk services, JLT

James Skiba, senior claims officer, DUAL Australia

Adam Sloan, general manager, Insure 247

Carla Taylor, business development manager, Vero

Gareth Terrell, independent broker unit underwriter, casualty, Chubb

James Tsalkos, assistant vice president and underwriter, finpro, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions

Schalk van der Merwe, director, Omnisure

Adam Ware, partner, BJS Insurance Brokers Gippsland

Nikita Willis, account executive, SRG Corporate

Graham Whitty, sales and development manager, strata insurance, northern region, QUS

Paul Wright, national manager, CMIB, Sear Insurance



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