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.
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.
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.