Sydney, 28th July 2017 – Throughout the months of July and August, YIPs branches across Australia and New Zealand will hold events to welcome the 2018 Financial Year. The YIPs End of Financial Year events gave Young Professionals an opportunity to engage in an evening of networking drinks and canapés with their colleagues from various areas of the insurance industry.
Tickets for the events drew great interest, and in many cases sold out within weeks, if not days of release. The EOFY functions are keystone events in the YIPs calendar and are hotly anticipated by Young Professionals each year. The events have been a great success, with some branches still to hold their events in early August.
Sydney, 6th July 2017 – Effective from 1st July 2017, Andrew Shepherd will be retiring from his role as President of YIPs Australia and New Zealand as he pursues an exciting promotion in a leadership position within the Client Operations Division of Marsh. He wishes to focus his efforts on this new endeavour that will bring new responsibilities and demands to his role. Andrew will be succeeded by current Australasian Vice President and Sponsorship Officer James Smorthwaite of JLT Sydney, who was unanimously nominated and voted into the position last week by the YIPs Australasian Management Committee.
Andrew Shepherd, Former President, YIPs Australia and New Zealand
“During my 3 years in the management committee of YIPs and especially in my last year as President, we have achieved so much. We now have branches in Tasmania and Canberra as well as having forged connections with organisations in Canada and London under the International Young Insurance Professionals Network. I have also increased our management committee significantly to enable us to manage the organisation more effectively. In addition, we have devolved more funds to local branches to enable them to put on the best events for our members as well as creating a development fund to attract graduates and school leavers into the industry. I have led an overhaul of our website and branding which you will be seeing in the coming weeks.
I am personally delighted that James will be taking over at the helm, he has proved an excellent Sponsorship Officer and Vice President and passionately shares in my vision for the future direction of YIPs. I wish James and the team well.”
James Smorthwaite, President, YIPs Australia and New Zealand
We wish to sincerely thank Andrew for his keen support and dedication in leading YIPs over the past three years. I hope to continue to realise his vision of turning YIPs into the premier advocate for young professionals in insurance, and to undertake new initiatives to attract and retain fresh talent in our industry. We wish Andrew all the best in his new position.
Sydney, 31 March 2017 – On Wednesday night, the YIPs NSW branch hosted the inaugural ‘Fireside Chat’ event; an exclusive opportunity for a limited number of YIPs members to hear from a highly successful industry representative to gain insights into their experiences and career pathway. A limited ticket release saw approximately 60 people attend last nights’ event.
Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance (BHSI) proudly supported this Fireside Chat featuring Peter Eastwood, Global President and Chief Executive Officer on his visit from Boston, USA. Chris Colahan, BHSI President Australasia, joined Mr Eastwood to ask several questions around his 26 year journey in the global insurance industry, including his career at AIG and Lexington, through to then launching Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance.
A Q&A session followed giving the attending YIPs members the opportunity to ask Mr Eastwood questions about his early insurance career, his leadership style, finding work/life balance and his insights into opportunities for the industry over the next few years.
Drinks and canapés followed the Q&A session for attendees to network with their peers, Mr Eastwood, Mr Colahan and other BHSI employees that were present for the event.