Winner of the Valerie Baker Memorial Award

By Anna Chatburn    September 3, 2019

6th winner of the Valerie Baker Memorial Award for general insurance

AIMS, Gold Seal and the Steadfast Group were delighted to announce the winner of the 6th Valerie Baker Memorial Award at a special event hosted by Lloyd’s on 28 August in Sydney, attended by senior executives and leading lights from throughout the industry. The Valerie Baker Memorial Award recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance Intermediary sector across Australia and New Zealand. Advisr CEO Andy attended along with Insurance Marketing Specialist Nick Hill of Hillster Marketing.

The winner: Beau Munn

The winner is Beau Munn from Origin Insurance Brokers in Melbourne. Beau is the Executive Director of Origin Insurance Brokers. He started his career in the insurance industry at age of 18 and had his own brokerage by the age of 21. Beau is a young Aboriginal businessman who is passionate about his family heritage and wants to be a role model for other indigenous youths looking for a corporate career in Australia.

Beau thoroughly impressed the judges with his eloquence and passion to add value to his community. We are all excited to see what he brings back from London to help grow his business. I’d also like to recognise the finalists for their hard work and the success they have achieved in their careers to date.
– Sheila Baker, Managing Director Gold Seal and Chair of the judges

2019 Valerie Baker Award finalists left to right Belinda, Beau and Lisa (Kim was travelling)

Highly commended finalists

Among the highly commended finalists were:

Belinda Smith

Belinda started her career by joining the family business in 2001, working her way up from admin duties to managing a client base. In 2013, she took the plunge and started her own business as an Authorised Representative with Western Insurance Brokers in regional Victoria.

Kim Gilbert

Kim is a director of Zenith Insurance Services with 40+ years in the insurance industry. In 2001, he founded Zenith Insurance Services with two other directors. Since its inception, Zenith has grown to 26 direct staff with five authorised representatives servicing clients throughout Australia from their WA office. In 2018, Kim won the NIBA Broker of the Year award. He, and his team at Zenith, have been behind a number of philanthropic projects which have benefited diverse communities worldwide, making Zenith truly a socially responsible corporation.

Lisa Carter

Lisa is the owner director of Clear Insurance Pty Ltd, and a CAR with Insurance Advisernet. She has over 20 years broking experience with a deep technical understanding of insurance, a strong client service focus and a commercial savvy mindset. Beau will receive a career enhancing opportunity to see first-hand how the London Market operates, including:

  • An all-expenses-paid trip to London – business class air fares and accommodation
  • An education experience tailored to the winner’s special interests
  • Career enhancing meetings and networking with key underwriters and brokers
  • Thorough familiarisation of Lloyd’s of London and meeting with senior managers
Advisr CEO Andy congratulating award finalist Belinda

The panel and judges

The winner of the Valerie Baker Memorial Award followed a process where nominations were shortlisted and the finalists interviewed by the judging panel. The panel consisted of Chris Mackinnon, General Representative Lloyd’s Australia, Jim Rudkin, Chairman of Steadfast Insurance Brokers Pty Ltd and Steadfast Underwriting Agencies Pty Ltd, representing the Steadfast Group, Martin McAvenna, representing the AIMS Group and Sheila Baker, Managing Director of Gold Seal, and also this year Rocco Pirrello, a 2018 finalist from GSA Insurance Brokers also participated.

The strength of the cross-industry support from AIMS, Steadfast, Gold Seal as well as Lloyd’s is clearly manifesting itself in the tangible business benefits the award is bringing to the winners. The nominees were judged on criteria that centred around – ethics and values, business success, client relationships, teamwork, innovation, entrepreneurship, and industry contribution.
– Sheila Baker, Managing Director of Gold Seal

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