6 New Recruits in the Australasian Management Committee

As YIPs continues to see astonishing growth across all ten branches, a search was launched to further expand the YIPs Australasian Management Committee. The committee is composed of talented and ambitious individuals from around Australia and New Zealand that work tirelessly to ensure that YIPs is providing distinguished opportunities for young professionals in the industry.

A competitive recruitment campaign has resulted in 6 new professionals being welcomed into the YIPs Australasian Management Committee. The new recruits hold various roles within the insurance industry, and each bring their own unique ideas and skills to the table with the goal of continually enhancing the experience for over 6,500 YIPs members.

The Australasian President of YIPs Andrew Shepherd has shared his excitement about the newest additions to the management committee and what’s in store for 2017:

“I am delighted to have such an infusion of fresh talent and thinking into the strategic running of YIPs. An enlarged presence of loss adjusters and brokers as well as increased representation from both NSW and QLD at this level of the organisation are vital to support the organic growth YIPs has enjoyed in recent times. I am thrilled to work with our new recruits on some exciting projects, namely an overhaul of our website, creating presence in the graduate careers space and developing the YIPs brand internationally”.

We asked each of our newest Australasian Management Committee members to describe why they think YIPs is beneficial to the industry, and where they hope to contribute in their new roles.

Alex White (Technology Officer) – Hostsure Underwriting, QLD

YIPs unify the new generation that are entering this great industry and provides them with the opportunity to connect with the industry’s established professionals.  This committee helps create a platform for the new generation to pave a future for themselves and establish themselves within the field. Being the IT officer allows me to bring new and exciting networking elements whereby young individuals (and those young at heart) can explore new career options and help bring together the different groups within the industry.

Chris Smith (Communications & Social Media Officer) – Cunningham Lindsay, QLD

The insurance industry is expansive in scope and includes a vast number of disciplines. From my experience, these are under-represented and young professionals often miss out on exciting insurance-based career paths through a lack of promotion by its existing fraternities. YIPs is a perfect platform in which to open up to young professionals and help them explore what the industry can offer: professionally, academically and socially.

Jackson McDonald (PR & External Media Officer) – GSA Insurance Brokers, NSW

The insurance industry has such a magnetic young professional culture, the innovation and hunger that young generations bring is truly exciting. YIPs fosters that potential and encourages the success of its members through leading education and networking facilitations. My goal is to demonstrate to post-grads and other professionals outside the industry that a career in insurance can be terrifically rewarding.

Kasun Jayarante (Communications & Social Media Officer) – AON, NSW

The insurance industry is not traditionally seen as a natural pathway for many young people.  However, professionals in the industry frequently comment on how both professionally and personally rewarding their career has been and YIPs community provides a great way to build a collegiate culture between young people in the industry.  I look forward to fostering further engagement between the YIPs and the industry to promote insurance as a vibrant career path for talented young professionals.

Maddie Zali (Events & Engagement Officer) – Brooklyn Underwriting, NSW

Just like a multitude of my Insurance Industry counterparts the (excessively used) statement ‘I fell into Insurance’ applies to me perfectly. However what I noticed in the last few years is that similar to myself there is a plethora of University graduates every year that ‘discover’ the Insurance Industry during their quest for a career in an Industry they deem to be more desirable. My goal for getting involved with young professionals via the well-established platform created by YIPs is to work towards changing the mindset of future young professionals. I would like for the future generation in this Industry to move away from thinking Insurance is just a means to an end or a fallback career and instead actively want to work in the Industry because of how diverse, rewarding and exciting it is!

Sylvia Quang (Communications & Social Media Officer) – HWL Ebsworth Lawyers, NSW

There is always a variety of roles available in the insurance industry and it is constantly evolving. However despite its diversity, the insurance community continually maintains an open collegiate environment which supports career development, business networking and up to date education. YIPs provides access to experience and know-how from a group of like-minded young professionals which can be instrumental to personal and professional growth.  My aim is to facilitate easier and faster engagement between YIPs and its members to ensure we are keeping up with our members' needs and continuing to grow as a young professionals' industry body.

2 New YIPs Branches!

Following a successful 2016, YIPs has big plans to offer further education and networking opportunities for its members throughout Australia and New Zealand with the opening of two new branches. The ACT and Tasmania now have local committee representation, which results in YIPs having a presence in every Australian state and territory. YIPs is proud to introduce Lara Douglas as the ACT Branch President and Declan McShane as the Tasmanian Branch President. Both Lara and Declan, as well as the new local committees, are enthusiastic about providing professionals the networking and education benefits other YIPs members have enjoyed around Australia and New Zealand. Lara and Declan share some insight into the founding of the two newest branches, as well as the exciting prospects to come in 2017.

Lara Douglas, Australian Capital Territory Branch President

I’ve been a member of YIPs in NSW for a number of years when working as a claims officer. Upon moving to Canberra, I found there was a gap in the insurance industry that a YIPs ACT branch could fill. I approached the YIPs Australasian Committee in November 2016 for approval and support to found an ACT branch and the Australasian committee gave its approval. We’ve since approached Lisa Sherman, (HWL Ebsworth) and Alison Robertson (Allianz) to form a committee. New members joined the committee in early 2017, including Tennille Jorgensen (Aon); Emily-Rose Clark (Allianz); and, Karina Grimshaw (CGU). The committee organised for me to speak at the annual Insurance Dinner held at Hotel Realm earlier in February.  Following the Insurance Dinner, YIPs ACT gained many members and the committee welcomed Andrew Shepherd of Rehabilitation Services by Altius. The YIPs ACT Committee is now preparing for its launch event in July 2017 – stay tuned!

Declan McShane, Tasmania Branch President

I attended a YIPs function in Melbourne where I spoke to Andrew about opening up a branch in Tasmania. He then followed me up and started to put the wheels in motion to get it up and running. I then approached others to organise the committee. My main hope is that it generates a large interest and promotes the insurance industry as a great career choice for other young people who might not know the career options available. For the coming year I would like to hold an event each quarter and to gain more traction with each event to boost numbers. I really want to set the foundations for the branch so it can be a success in the state for years to come.

Valerie Baker Memorial Award – Applications closing 1 March 2017

The Valerie Baker Memorial Award is an award that recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector. It includes an unmatched educational experience in the global hub of insurance, London.  Check out our Working Overseas section for more info on why so many YIPs want to work there.

Applications will close on 1 March 2017.

YIPs are happy to put out the call for you to consider if you – or one of your colleagues – might be the high achiever who might qualify for the award in in 2016. Both previous winners have called the prize “life changing” and certainly that’s the intention. YIPs want you to put the industry’s best into the limelight and give you a learning experience second to none – and to give your career a boost it may not be achieve otherwise.

More information about Valerie Baker and her her contributions to the industry is available here.

If you are interested in nominating a person for the Award or in applying, please go to the link on the Gold Seal website and follow the steps as outlined.

Any nominees feeling a little daunted are cordially invited to give Sheila Baker from Gold Seal a call, and she will help all comers through the application process.

Please note, although YIPs supports this initiative and encourages any qualifiying members to apply, the award is entirely run externally to YIPs.

YIPs Expands its Leaders Seminar Programme

After two years of running very successful leadership panel seminars in Victoria, YIPs have expanded this offering to Sydney and Auckland as well.

The Trailblazers event in Sydney this week sold out very quickly as has the Auckland Insurance Leaders Panel event.  Both events have waitlists operating so people wanting to attend should register on the waitlist if they wish to attend, in case of any last minute ticket cancellations.

YIPs Australasian President, Sampath Soysa, noted that, "the overwhelming response and uptake for these highly interactive and engaging panel discussions with insurance industry leaders reflects the huge demand in the young insurance professionals demographic, for genuine career-focused events."

The seminars allow for unparalleled audience interaction with the industry leaders using Twitter and includes networking with the leaders as well.  The sessions are moderated by YIPs branch committee members to ensure that topics YIPs are interested in, are fully aired.

YIPs has applied corporate sponsorship to keep the price point affordable.  Sampath noted, "We have worked very hard to provide events at an affordable and realistic price point for our members, which represents an excellent value proposition and not simply to make profit."

The leaders chosen for the panels reflect the diversity and depth of experience typical of many senior insurance professionals. "All have inspirational stories of their own career paths which they are happy to share attend these in a more relaxed setting which is conducive to audience interaction.

"We tested and fine-tuned the format in Melbourne for the past two years and sold those out, and we were confident the same would be the case in Sydney and Auckland as well - which has been the case."

Longer term, YIPs hope to replicate the events across all eight YIPs branches, hopefully within the next 12 months. In some cases, by using Skype or Google Hangouts to bring the event to our newer, smaller branches such as Darwin, Adelaide and Christchurch so that YIPs members in those branches can gain the benefit of hearing from inspirational insurance leaders.

The latest series of leaders seminars marks the lead up to the 5th Anniversary of YIPs in operation which will be marked by events across all 8 branches in early July 2016 to also welcome in the new financial year.

For all media questions relating to this article, please contact press@yips.org.au

2016 Ron Shorter Memorial public speaking Awards now open – QLD added

The Ron Shorter Memorial Award is a public speaking competition for all young professionals, across all insurance industry disciplines in Victoria, New South Wales and for the first time Queensland.

Ron Shorter held positions as a loss adjuster, liability claims supervisor, claims manager and legal practice manager. During his time in each of these roles, Ron inspired and mentored many young professionals. He passed away in February 2012 and the award is now in its fourth year.

The award is run by the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) which has invited YIPs members to apply.

YIPs considers the award would be of great benefit to its members working in the insurance industry in Victoria and Queensland.*

Although run by AILA, this competition is not restricted to lawyers!  In fact, the inaugural 2015 Ron Shorter award in Victoria had a record number of YIPs apply and make it through the quarter final and semi final stages with YIPs member Laura Gaffey from Gilchrist Connell making the Victorian finals.

Applications close 5pm on Monday 2 May 2016 and must be emailed to AILA National Secretariat (national@aila.com.au)

More details including the downloadable application form are available here.

The ultimate winner will receive the Ron Shorter Trophy, a Westfield EFPOST Voucher and the opportunity to speak publicly at the AILA National Conference being held in Adelaide in October 2016.

And even if you don't win, we think there are other benefits of participating:

  • confidence and skills to speak publicly: an inevitable part of a career in the insurance industry
  • develop your brand in the insurance industry
  • build your organisation's brand in the insurance industry
  • you may become a more interesting person

If you have any questions please contact AILA - Victoria Saccaro on 1300 699 140 or email national@aila.com.au or see the AILA website www.aila.com.au

 

* Please note that although YIPs are happy to support AILA in this competition, this is not run by YIPs, nor does YIPs have any control over or involvement in the running of the competition including any personal or other information you choose to supply.

YIPs @ Christchurch March 2016

YIPs are launching in Christchurch on 31 March 2016. Let your Cantabrian YIPs contacts and mates know to sign up as YIPs members now at www.yips.org.nz, so that they don't miss out on the details.

Registrations for the Christchurch launch event will open very shortly.

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Head to Head: YIPs @ Insurance Business TV

In this first of a series of interviews, Australasian YIPs President Sampath Soysa speaks to Insurance Business TV about some of the tougher issues facing the insurance industry including where the big players are going astray trying to attract and retain talent, and why YIPs should be included in the wider discourse and discussion about these issues.

Valerie Baker Memorial Award – Applications closing 20th December 2015

The Valerie Baker Memorial Award is an award that recognises excellence in professional practice in the General Insurance intermediary sector.  It includes an unmatched educational experience in the global hub of insurance, London.

Applications will close on the 20th December 2015.

YIPs are happy to put out the call for you to consider if you – or one of your colleagues – might be the high achiever who might qualify for the award in in 2016. Both previous winners have called the prize “life changing” and certainly that’s the intention. YIPs want you to put the industry’s best into the limelight and give you a learning experience second to none – and to give your career a boost it may not be achieve otherwise.

More information about Valerie Baker and her her contributions to the industry is available here.

If you are interested in nominating a person for the Award or in applying, please go to the link on the Gold Seal website and follow the steps as outlined.

Any nominees feeling a little daunted are cordially invited to give Sheila Baker from Gold Seal a call, and she will help all comers through the application process.

Please note, although YIPs supports this initiative and encourages any qualifiying members to apply, the award is entirely run externally to YIPs.

YIP-YIP-Hooray! from Insurance Business TV – Friday 17 July 2015

YIP-YIP-Hooray! - Insurance Business Online

The insurance industry is often criticised for its struggles to attract and retain new entrants to the industry.

One organisation is looking to change this narrative as the Young Insurance Professionals, known as YIPs, brings together younger workers across the industry.

Insurance Business TV spoke with NSW Branch president, Min Yang, and Australasian president of YIPs Sampath Soysa, at the NSW YIPS Welcome FY16 new financial year event about what it means for the industry...

 

YIPs member finalist in Vic industry Public Speaking Competition

The Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) inaugural Victorian Ron Shorter Public Speaking competition final on 30 July 2015 in Melbourne includes Victorian YIPs member Laura Gaffey of Gilchrist Connell, as one of the three finalists.*

The competition was open to young professionals from throughout the insurance industry and saw over 50 applications received.  From this, the number of applicants was narrowed down to 22 young professionals who spoke on a variety of topics at the semi-finals held in Melbourne in May 2015.

3 finalists were then chosen from this hotly-contested field, being Laura Gaffey, Danielle Blaschuk and Alexander Morell.

We encourage our Victorian YIPs members to support YIPs member Laura Gaffey by signing up to attend the finals on 30 July 2015 - you can do this by completing the form here and emailing it to vic@aila.com.au - the event is free to attend.*

The winner of the Victorian competition will compete against the winner of the NSW competition later this year at the AILA National Conference in October.

 

 

* Please note that although YIPs are happy to support AILA in this competition, this is not run by YIPs, nor does YIPs have any control over or involvement in the running of the competition including any personal or other information you choose to supply.

 

Last chance to Welcome FY16 in NSW, WA, QLD and Vic…

Last chance to get tickets for the Welcome FY16 events in NSW, WA, QLD and Victoria; log in as a YIPs member to get your local discount code (you must enter this at the time of purchasing your tickets).

Quick links to the event registration pages are below:

Remember, we will be running wait lists for those events which sell out but don't rely on those to get tickets - get in early and get yours.

Last Chance All

YIPs get ready to Welcome FY16

For those of you in the thick of End of Financial Year tribulations or approaching the gloom of midwinter in New Zealand - the much-anticipated series of Welcome FY16 mid-year events kick off in July across Australia and in NZ.

Registrations have already begun in Vic and WA.

Log in to ensure your details are up to date, and to get your tickets for your nearest branch event as and when they go on sale.

These events are known to sell out so don't miss out.

Public Speaking Award for Vic Young Insurance Professionals

As a Young Professional in the insurance industry it is inevitable that at some stage of your career you will need to speak publicly.

The Ron Shorter Memorial Award is a public speaking competition for all young professionals, across all insurance industry disciplines in Victoria and NSW.

Ron Shorter held positions as a loss adjuster, liability claims supervisor, claims manager and legal practice manager. During his time in each of these roles, Ron inspired and mentored many young professionals. He passed away in February 2012 and the award is now in its fourth year.

The award is run by the Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA) which has invited YIPs members to apply.

YIPs considers the award would be of great benefit to its members working in the insurance industry in Victoria.*  This competition is not restricted to lawyers!

Applications close Friday 1 May 2015 and must be emailed to AILA President Susan Vidler president@aila.com.au

More details including the downloadable application form are available here.

The ultimate winner will receive the Ron Shorter Trophy, a Westfield Voucher worth $500 and the opportunity to speak publicly against the NSW competition winner at the AILA National Conference being held in Melbourne in October 2015.

The runners up will each receive a Westfield voucher worth $200.

And even if you don't win, we think there are other benefits of participating:

  • confidence and skills to speak publicly: an inevitable part of a career in the insurance industry
  • develop your brand in the insurance industry
  • build your organisation's brand in the insurance industry
  • you may become a more interesting person

If you have any questions please contact AILA President Susan Vidler on 02 8274 2811 or by email to president@aila.com.au .

 

* Please note that although YIPs are happy to support AILA in this competition, this is not run by YIPs, nor does YIPs have any control over or involvement in the running of the competition including any personal or other information you choose to supply.

YIPs Movember 2014 events just keep getting better

YIPs have celebrated an epic Movember in 2014, with Movember-themed events run across 6 Australian and New Zealand branches, including the launch of our new South Australia branch.

Photos from the events held so far are here.

It is the last chance to get tickets for the YIPs Sydney Movember Fiesta event on Thursday 27 November 2014 and the YIPs Brisbane Movember event on Friday 28 November 2014 - so get yours now and avoid missing out.  

If you are travelling to either of those branches, get a ticket and meet the local YIPs.

There is also still time to donate to the YIPs Movember Team here - every cent counts for this great cause, so please dig deep.

YIPs 2014 End of Year Movember events set to roll out

This year, YIPs will be running a record number of end of year events across NSW, Vic, QLD, WA, NZ, the NT and, for the first time, SA as we launch our branch there.

Make sure you sign up now as a YIPs member or log in and update your contact details on the site (including your location details). If you will be travelling during November, check the dates for the YIPs events near you too and let your interstate colleagues know to do the same.

You will be then be in the loop for early bird Member-only registrations and discounted tickets for these events and hopefully will not miss out. Several of these events will almost certainly sell out.

We also suggest you join the YIPs Movember team which is the worthy cause YIPs will be supporting through our 2014 EOY events. Dets here.

YIPs well-stocked with Young Guns

Insurance Business Magazine has released its 2014 'Young Guns' edition which features several YIPs branch committee members and officers:

  • Sarah Kempton (NT Branch President)
  • Chaice Evans (NT Branch committee member)
  • Lizzie Carver (NSW Branch Treasurer)
  • Raisa Conchin (QLD Branch committee member)

YIPs Australasian President Sampath Soysa noted, 'YIPs is proud that so many of our outstanding and dedicated committee members have been formally acknowledged as being the high achieving insurance professionals we already knew them to be.  We feel this reflects the high calibre of committee members we have across all of our branches and the professionalism of the YIPs organisation as a whole.'

YIPs congratulates all of the 'Young Guns' featured in the article, many of whom are YIPs members too.

You can purchase and download a full version of the Insurance Business Magazine issue here.

Please contact the YIPs Australasian Communications Officer with any media queries.

Dawn of a new era – YIPs’ first Underwriter sponsor!

ACE Group announced today that ACE in Australia has become an Australasian sponsor of YIPs.

ACE's sponsorship will assist YIPS implement an exciting calendar of events in FY15. YIPs will continue to expand its professional development seminars and networking activities in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Auckland, and soon Darwin as well.

Country President for ACE in Australia and New Zealand, John French said 'ACE has a culture of career progression and personal development, so it’s only natural that we support an industry wide initiative that will help young people prosper in this wonderful industry. I’m really proud to see lots of ACE team members participating, both as attendees and as volunteers on the various YIPs branch committees.'

YIPs not only organises great events, it has also created a website that is an excellent resource for people looking to advance their career,” he said.

Sampath Soysa, Australasian President of YIPs, said “YIPs is delighted that ACE has come on board as our newest Australasian sponsor, and first ever underwriter. ACE’s reputation as an employer that is committed to attracting, nurturing and developing young talent and staff, fits perfectly with the objectives of the YIPs organization across Australia and New Zealand. Support from the team at ACE will be invaluable as we implement our exciting program of events and other new initiatives throughout 2014 and beyond.”

Please contact the YIPs Australasian Communications Officer about this article or any related queries about YIPs Australasian sponsorship.

Gilchrist Connell backs YIPs

Specialist insurance law firm Gilchrist Connell is proud to announce its Australasian sponsorship of YIPs.

The firm has an even closer association with YIPs, having just appointed YIPs founder and Australasian President Sampath Soysa, as Principal to Gilchrist Connell’s newly opened Melbourne office.

As well as ‘sharing’ Sampath’s terrific leadership and legal talents, there’s a good fit for us with the YIPs sponsorship – Gilchrist Connell itself is still in its ‘youth’ having just marked its sixth birthday, and a decent proportion of our own staff fall in the YIPs target age range,” said Gilchrist Connell Managing Principal Richard Wood. “We also have a high proportion of female lawyers, being another area in common with YIPs which has a large number of female branch presidents and female members generally across its branches.

YIPs has quickly established itself as a highly relevant membership forum and resource for young professionals in the insurance industry - having grown its membership to over 3,000 members under Sampath’s leadership.

Gilchrist Connell is glad to have this opportunity to contribute and stay in touch with topical issues affecting younger people who have chosen insurance as a long term career, via YIPs vibrant ‘movers and shakers’ and as the industry continues to evolve,” he said.

For any media inquiries, please contact the YIPs Australasian Communications Officer or email info@yips.org.au.