Hollywood-themed gala draws record attendance

More than 350 insurance professionals gathered at the NT Insurance Conference awards dinner in October, when seven winners were crowned at an “old Hollywood” themed gala.

Champagne flowed as guests in evening finery strode a red carpet featuring Walk of Fame-style brass stars naming award nominees. The entrance to the draped ballroom, which featured ostrich-feather centerpieces, was flanked by replica giant Oscar statues.

Young Insurance Professionals NT runs the conference, which is free to attend.

“Our event [last year] was the biggest ever,” the group’s President Travis Saxby tells Insurance News. “We hope this is the first of many years of growth and excellence.”

The Stewart Cox Memorial Award was presented to North Australian Insurance Brokers Director Karl Tester, while broker professional of the year went to MGA Insurance Group Darwin Assistant Branch Manager Alana Brown.

TIO Motor Accident Claims NT’s Sophie Mirkhan Ariffin won the young insurance professional prize, while the award for customer service professional was won by her colleague Ashleigh Taylor.

The BDM/underwriting professional gong went to GT Insurance Underwriter John Carey; claims professional to Allianz Injury Management Consultant Gemma Kearney; and service provider to Altius Group Rehabilitation Consultant Jenny Jubb.


CQIB hosts charity lunch and golf day

The Council of Queensland Insurance Brokers treated members to two events in November and December.

The council hosted its sixth All Industry Lunch on November 23, with 370 people in attendance at Victoria Park Marquee in Brisbane. The event raised $3610 for Foodbank, which helped provide more than 7000 meals for families over the Christmas period. Sponsors for the event included CHU and Johns Lyng Group.

The council also held its golf day on December 7 at the Wynnum Golf Club, where 36 teams of four challenged for the top spot.

The event was sponsored by Vero and raised $4680 for charity group Wesley Mission.