The insurance industry is consistently looking to raise its professional standards – and now the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) has put the spotlight on some of those who are leading the charge.
The institute asked members of the profession to nominate individuals whose work with its local and affiliate institutes, or whose contribution to their local community has helped raise standards. Scooping the Allan Bridgewater medal for outstanding achievement that benefits the wider insurance profession, was Husain Al Ajmi, director of The Foundation for Insurance and Finance Education Limited. He was praised for mentoring in the Middle East, and is seen as instrumental for developing training in the region.
“It is a tremendous honour to be the recipient of the prestigious Allan Bridgewater Award for Excellence,” he said. “My dream has always been to contribute to the raising of standards of our industry and it has been an absolute pleasure to be involved in initiatives that have seen the CII at the heart of the industry growth across so many countries.”
Other winners included Dionne Wall, mortgage adviser for Financial Options, who was named Emerging Professional of the Year. Meanwhile, Juliet Halfacre, senior business developer at Allianz Engineering, and Michael Kevin Clementson, head of agriculture Crawford & Co Adjusters Ltd, picked up the Outstanding Award; and Dr Christianah Bola Onigbogi, chief executive of CBO Insurance Brokers Ltd, scooped the Exceptional Award.
Winners of the Distinguished Award in recognition of service to the insurance industry were: David Oram, technical head office class underwriter at NFU, Hannah Kate Smith, chief of staff at Lloyd’s, Christopher Henley, head of wording at Tokio Marine Kiln, Steven Clemence, director and financial planner at T H March & Co. Limited, and Charlotte Watts, associate director of energy and mining at Aon Singapore.
“It is vital the efforts of those working to raise standards and build trust in the insurance and personal finance profession continues to be recognised,” said CII CEO Sian Fisher.
“Due to COVID-19, the trophies that accompany these awards couldn’t be handed out at a ceremony this year but I hope during these challenging times our more than 129,000 members are inspired by the work that warranted these awards and will join me in virtually applauding the winner’s efforts.”