BIBA Journalist and Media Awards – Winners Announced

25th June 2019

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named Esther Shaw as the 2019 BIBA Journalist of the Year.

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive said: “It is 37 years since BIBA held its first journalist awards and this year we added in some new categories to reflect the changing face of the media. We were delighted to see a great number of entries and our panel of independent judges have been, once again, faced with very difficult decisions”.

Steve White, presented Esther Shaw with the BIBA Journalist of the Year Award. He said: “Esther is a very respected and highly successful freelance journalist in the general insurance consumer space.

“Working hard behind the scenes, she is an expert in her field and champions insurance and consumer issues – bridging the gap between the industry and consumers in a fair and balanced way. She is a freelance journalist who has written for many different national publications such as The Sunday Times, The Independent, Observer, the Sun on Sunday and many other financial websites.”

“I would like congratulate Esther, the other winners and everyone who was shortlisted.

BIBA is committed to promoting the work that brokers do in helping businesses and individuals access the insurance protection they need.  BIBA has made awards to journalists for 37 years and this year expanded its categories to reflect the changing nature of financial journalism. As well as entries for news, articles and scoops, the BIBA Journalist and Media Awards include recognition of digital and visual media, campaigns and thought-leadership.  The awards showcase the work that journalists, broadcasters, publications and other influential media providers do to increase the understanding of insurance.

A full list of winners and highly commended journalists from this year’s BIBA Journalist and Media Awards follows:

Scoop of the Year Award
Charlie Thomas, The Insurance Insider

Best Consumer Award
Esther Shaw, The Mail on Sunday
Highly Commended:
Sara Benwell, The Daily Mirror

Best Trade Award
Jennifer Frost, Insurance Post

Most Promising Newcomer Award
Harry Curtis, Insurance Post

Best Interview / Profile Award
Ida Axling, Insurance Age

Best Visual Media Award 
Winner: David Whittam, Insurance Post

Best Thought Leadership Award 
Winner: Rachel Dalton, The Insurance Insider
Highly Commended:
James Daley, Freelance

Best Investigative Journalism Award 
Winner: Sara Benwell, The Sun
Highly Commended:
Matt Scott, Insurance Times

Best Campaign Award
Victoria Bischoff, The Daily Mail

Best Digital or Broadcast Award
Winner: Insurance Age team

Best Publication Award
Insurance Post

BIBA Journalist of the Year 
Esther Shaw, Freelance

The awards are judged independently by the following industry panel:

Nick Hobbs, Director of Broker Market, Allianz Insurance
Laura High, Director, Yutree Insurance Ltd
Tulsi Naidu, CEO, Zurich
Jonathan Evans, Non-Executive Director of the BIBA Board
Roy White Chairman, UK Specialities, Marsh
Elinor Zuke, Zuke Communications
Keith Stern, Regional Manager, UK & Ireland, Lloyd’s of London
Huw Evans, Director General, Association of British Insurers
Barbara Schonhofer, Founder, The Insurance Supper Club
Madeleine Little, Head of Communications for the UK and EMEA, Aon


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  1. About the British Insurance Brokers’ Association

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) is the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation representing the interests of insurance brokers, intermediaries and their customers.

BIBA membership includes just under 2,000 regulated firms, employing more than 100,000 staff.  General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy; they arrange 70% of all general insurance with a premium totalling £62.4bn and 87% of all commercial insurance business. Insurance brokers put their customers’ interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

BIBA receives more than 600,000 enquiries per year to its Find Insurance services, online and via the telephone which are directed to member insurance broking firms.

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