BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards – Winners Announced

6th July 2016

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA), the UK’s leading general insurance intermediary organisation, has named Sarah Pennells as the 2016 BIBA Journalist of the Year.

The awards showcase journalists who have made a contribution to furthering the understanding of what can often be highly complex insurance issues. National, regional and trade journalists are eligible to enter their work in nine categories in the competition.

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, acknowledged Sarah’s consistent high quality, clear consumer focus and all round balanced approach.  He said: “Other judges have already highlighted the consistent high quality from Sarah and her researched and well-presented work”.  Sarah is very well respected and has the customer at the heart of her work.

A full listing of winning and highly commended journalists from this year’s BIBA Journalist of the Year Awards follows:

Best Consumer Award

Highly Commended: Joe Finnerty, Auto Express

Winner:  Victoria Bischoff, The Daily Mail

Best Personal Finance Journalist Award

Highly Commended: Leigh Jackson, Which?

Winner:  Sarah Pennells, Freelance

Trade Feature Award

Highly Commended: Catrin Shi, The Insurance Insider

Winner: Charlie Thomas, The Insurance Insider

Trade News Award

Highly Commended: Ida Axling, Insurance Age

Winner: Adam McNestrie, The Insurance Insider

Gary Hyndman Most Promising Newcomer Award

Highly Commended: James Connington, The Daily Telegraph

Winner: Amelia Murray, The Daily Telegraph

Scoop of the year Award

Highly Commended: Rebecca Rutt, This is Money

Winner:  Tom Lloyd, Insurance Times

Best Interview/Profile Award

Highly Commended: John Manley, Insurance Times

Winner: Ben Dyson, Insurance Times

Online Award

Highly Commended: Emmanuel Kenning, Insurance Age

WinnerKatie Marriner, Post Magazine

Broadcast Award

Highly Commended: Clare Matheson, BBC Radio 5 Live, Business

Winner: Bob Howard, BBC Radio 4, Money Box


Winner: Sarah Pennells, Freelance

The awards are judged independently by the following industry panel:

Teresa Fritz, Non-Executive Director, BIBA Board
Simon Green, Director of General Insurance & Protection, Supervision Division, Financial Conduct Authority
Mark Weil,
Chief Executive for UK and Ireland, Marsh Ltd
Andrew Gibbons ACII MIoD, Managing Director, Mason Owen Financial Services
Heather Wheeler MP
Tim Ryan, Executive Chairman, Ryan Insurance Group Limited
Phil Bayles,
Chief Distribution Officer, Aviva
Huw Evans, Director General, ABI
David Robinson, Executive Vice President, European Group & President, UK & Ireland, Chubb


Notes to editors

  1. For further information please contact:BIBA press office:
    Pam Quinn, Head of Communications
    020 7397 0223
  2. 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.

General insurance brokers contribute 1% of GDP to the UK economy and BIBA brokers employ more than 100,000 staff.

54% of all general insurance is sold by an insurance broker and they arrange 78% of all commercial insurance business.

Insurance brokers put the client’s interests first, providing advice, access to suitable insurance protection and risk management.

BIBA helps more than 250,000 people a year to access insurance protection through its Find a Broker service, both online and via the telephone.

BIBA is the voice of the sector advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.