Major player announces death of chairman

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Major player announces death of chairman
Former NIBA president and chairman of JLT Australia, Steve Ball, passed away over the weekend as did long-time non-executive director and Ball’s predecessor, Brian Coppin.

Ball was visiting the United Kingdom for the JLT Group and Thistle Underwriting Services Conference when he suffered a heart attack on Friday afternoon

Coppin passed away in Perth following a long battle with illness on Friday evening.

“JLT is sad to announce the sudden passing of Steve Ball, Chairman of JLT Australia, and the death of Brian Coppin, his predecessor in the role,” the company confirmed in a statement.

“Between them, Steve and Brian came to represent the heart and soul of JLT Australia.

“Steve was very much the ‘Heart’ of our company, in his kindness and unquestioning support for all staff, especially young colleagues whom he enjoyed mentoring as much as his real job.

“Brian was very much the ‘Soul’ of JLT in his continual championing of our Client First mission. His dedication and loyalty to the business over so many years has been inspiring.”

Ball, who served the NIBA board for 12 years holding the role of President from 2004 to 2006, was awarded the Lex McKeown Trophy for services to broking in 2008.

NIBA CEO Dallas Booth paid tribute to Ball’s contribution to both NIBA and the insurance industry in general and believes his passing is a great loss for the industry.

"It's a great loss to the insurance industry in Australia,” Booth said.

“Steve worked tirelessly for many years to enhance the professionalism of brokers and made an immense contribution to NIBA for more than a decade. We will miss Steve greatly and our thoughts are with Maureen and their two children at this time."
  • Alex Damon 2015-05-19 12:34:28 AM
    So sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I worked with him at Jardines in the early 80s and he was a really straight down-to-earth and fun guy. Way too young.
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  • Jeff Smith 2015-05-19 1:32:58 AM
    This news is so unbelievably sad and I feel for his Wife and Family. Like most of us around Steve's vintage, we grew up in the Industry with Steve and, whilst I never actually worked with him, I knew him well and we did some training of younger people together for the Institute when Bob McPherson was there. I also shared some NIBA time with him. Steve was always a competitor however, was always absolutely of the highest integrity and very much from the old school of ethics. He always had a smile for you and was never too busy to say g’day and have a beer and a punt. He will be deeply missed. RIP Steve.
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  • Phil McGuire 2015-05-19 3:01:46 AM
    Extremely saddened to hear the news and felt for Steve's family and JLT. I had the pleasure of working with Steve at Lumley in the mid seventies and to say that it was fun was an understatement. The days were so alive with humour that the boss sat a few of us, (Steve included) outside his office so he could keep an eye on us. Steve always kept us laughing with his quick wit. This with his good nature and kindness continued throughout his working life. What a wonderful contribution to the industry. Steve will be missed by all who knew him but certainly the better for it. It was a privilege to know him. Rest in peace my friend.
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