Insurers back charity cricket tournament

The fifth Insurance Ashes tournament took place at North Sydney Oval in February, raising more than $25,000 for the Primary Club of Australia’s charities.

Teams from Austbrokers/Sura, CGU, QBE and Steadfast competed in a four-way round-robin tournament with rankings determined by net run rate under the Last Man Stands scoring system.

Austbrokers/Sura retained the coveted trophy, despite a strong challenge from runner up CGU.

A highlight of the day was the wheelchair basketball game, organised by Wheelchair Sports

NSW/ACT on the Oval concourse. The Primary Club has recently committed to a $40,000 investment in more wheelchairs.


Mock trial followed by networking

“Insurers in court, a mock trial”, a joint initiative by the Young Professionals Subcommittee of the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) and the Lloyd’s Development Group (LDG), was held in March at Banco Court, followed by networking drinks at Verandah Bar.

AILA and LDG organise the event to give attendees an insight into court practice and procedure.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Honourable Andrew Bell, presided over the mock trial. Teni Berberian and Nicholas Simone appeared as counsel for the plaintiffs and David Talintyre and Ashley Cameron for the defendant.

Dominique Vagi (Hutch Underwriting), Debbi Thorne (Network Insurance Group) and Julijana Sumner (Axa XL) participated as hypothetical witnesses.

AILA and LDG event organisers included Bre Bailey, Thomas Nguyen, Rebecca Badra, Gerrie Johnson and Gemma Mackinnon.

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CQIB celebrates long lunch

About 330 industry professionals attended the Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers (CQIB) All Industry Long Lunch held at The Greek Club in South Brisbane in March.

MC was Michael Atkinson and guests were entertained by speed painter, Brad Blaze. The lunch was one of many CQIB charity events in partnership with Wesley Mission Queensland.

More than $17,000 was raised through a raffle and auction for Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.


UAC/Lloyd’s Sydney Underwriting Expo expands to larger venue

The Underwriting Agencies Council (UAC) Lloyd’s expo in February was the first to be held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour.

The much larger venue space gave brokers more room to interact with UAC members. There was a record 112 exhibitors and more than 600 brokers registered.

The event was also the first time UAC had offered naming rights for one of its underwriting expos.