In 2019, YIPs will be partnering with CPD Anytime to help our members track their development.
All our professional development events held across Australia that are accredited with development points by ANZIIF & NIBA will now be linked into the CPD Anytime platform. This will allow members who attend the event to simply scan the displayed QR code and the points will be instantly uploaded to their training register.
All CPD activity is automatically collated into a personalised training register and can be emailed and printed with a click of a button. Join online or download the App
What does influence mean to you?
I see influence as a perspective or action that has such overwhelming power it can affect beliefs, motivations and ideology without violence or intimidation.
Can you define good leadership?
“Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough so they don’t want to” – Richard Branson
The most solid piece of advice you’ve received?
It’s great to be ambitious and want more of your career, but make sure that living in the moment with your friends and family isn’t a casualty of that. Job titles don’t appear on tombstones.
Which industry do you expect the largest growth from?
I think environmental industries will see large growth as the population becomes more aware of our impact on the world. Things like bio-degradable plastics and effective waste management systems will become big investments.
What book are you reading now?
I’m currently reading a biography about Carrol Shelby who is infamous in the car racing world. Starting life on a chicken farm in Texas and ending up one of the most successful car builders in history.
The Big Meet is careers fair and was held in Sydney on 29 March 2019 and was attended by over 2,000 university students and graduates.
Widya Hasan, Jackson McDonald and Sylvia Quang volunteered with ANZIIF and participated in the event as ambassadors of the insurance industry. They answered questions about the various opportunities in the industry and how students and graduates could use the knowledge from the varying degrees to find a job in insurance, which surprised and enticed many.
Effective 1 October 2018, James Smorthwaite will be formally stepping down from his role as Australasian President of Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs), Australia & New Zealand Inc., to focus on the next stage of his career as an insurance broker with JLT.
YIPs are pleased to announce that James’ successor in the role of President will be current Australasian Vice President, Katie Stephenson, of Marsh, who was voted into the position during an AGM on 25 September 2018.
James Smorthwaite - Former President, YIPs Australia & New Zealand Inc.
Leading YIPs over the past 14 months has been an exceptionally rewarding experience, both professionally and personally. It has been my pleasure and privilege to work alongside the talented and ambitious young professionals that comprise our branch and Australasian committees.
The significant progress and growth we have achieved over the last year would not have been possible without the support of our generous sponsors, the hard work of our 11 YIPs committees across Australia & New Zealand, and the continued engagement of our vibrant membership. I would urge any young insurance professionals with an interest in developing their leadership skills, to apply for a position on their local branch committee.
I am delighted that Katie will be taking on the role of President; having been a part of our Australasian Committee for 5 years as Treasurer and then Vice President. Katie has demonstrated dedication, vision and passion for the organisation and its goals.
I wish Katie, YIPs, and all members the very best in future.
Katie Stephenson - President, YIPs Australia and New Zealand Inc.
These past 12 months has been a time of professional and personal growth for me and the decision to put myself forward for the role of President was not taken lightly.
Our organisation is powered by hundreds of volunteers who dedicate their time to give back to our industry. YIPs has grown from grass roots to now being the largest, not-for-profit insurance organisation for young professionals in Australia and New Zealand – something we are very proud to have achieved in 7 years.
As we close 2018 and enter a new year, we will continue to benefit our industry with new and exciting initiatives delivered with the same passion we are well known for. I am thrilled to be announced as the new President and look forward to continuing our success and prosperity throughout the market.
Young Insurance Professionals (YIPs) Australia and New Zealand Inc is the largest, independent and non-profit organisation for young insurance professionals in Australia & New Zealand. YIPs provides educational and networking opportunities for young professionals; to attract and retain talent by demonstrating how diverse, stimulating and sociable the insurance industry can be. Membership of YIPs is free.
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.