Young Insurance Professionals (YIPS) Australia & New Zealand Inc is a non-profit organisation dedicated to assisting younger insurance professionals throughout Australia and New Zealand with their careers in insurance, and to provide a platform for them to develop their business relationships through educational and networking events.
YIPs was founded in 2011 in Melbourne by Sampath Soysa, Karen McKenzie, James Gilchrist, Martin Parzonka, Lewis Beange, Matt O’Brien, Charlotte Croake (nee Hanson), Michaela White, Adam Jellett, Chelsea Jiang and Jocelin Gawne (nee Clark). From there branches were then set up in New South Wales by committees led by Maddelena Del Vecchio, in Queensland by Vijay Edwards and in Western Australia by Sarah Noonan in 2012, by Myriam Mitchell in Auckland, New Zealand in 2013, South Australia by Josh McCracken in 2014 and a second New Zealand branch in Christchurch in 2016 by Jamie Simpson.
As at April 2016, YIPs operates across 8 branches. It has over 6,500 members who are generally in their 20s and 30s but often older too, as many people increasingly join insurance later in their careers. Most importantly, our members are young at heart, keen to progress their careers and develop solid professional relationships and a community and business networks with others in the industry. We want to make insurance a rewarding career of choice and not one which people end up in through pure random chance. Most of all, we want to enjoy what we do and who we do business with.
Membership is open to all those working in the insurance industry including underwriters, brokers, claims personnel, risk managers, loss adjusters, insurance lawyers, accountants and other service providers.
We also have a Facebook page and LinkedIn group to keep you up to date with jobs, discussions and the after hours side of the industry, plus upcoming events of interest. Join those too and the other social media channels at the bottom of this page, to ensure you don't miss out.