Bob Nicholls and Ian Raper announced joint winners of the 2016 Francis Perkins Award

11th May 2016

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named Bob Nicholls and Ian Raper joint winners of the 2016 Francis Perkins Award.

Francis Perkins, the first chairman of BIBA, instigated the award to give recognition to members of the Association who give their time and energy for the furtherance of its causes.

The judges named Bob Nicholls and Ian Raper joint winners of this year’s award due to their long standing and committed participation in BIBA over many years, at both regional and national committee level.

Bob served for many years on the local regional committee for many years, including as Chairman in 2003 and also on BIBA’s General Insurance Brokers’ Committee.

He retired in 2004 but since then worked for BIBA for nearly 10 years in a part time capacity looking after our Merseyside and Greater Manchester regions and even now is actively involved in regional dinners for both BIBA and the CII.

Ian joined the Yorkshire & Northern regional committee in 1981 and has just stood down following retirement.

He served as committee secretary from 1981 to 1990, chairman in 1991 and 2001 and regional treasurer from 2011.

He also sat on BIBA’s General Insurance Brokers’ Committee, from 2001 -2005 and for 8 years acted as our Regional executive for the region

Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, announced the awards at its annual conference in Manchester.

Steve said: “I am delighted to present this joint award to Bob and Ian in recognition of their contribution to the Association and to the broker sector in general. This is the very first time a joint award has been made as it was simply impossible to choose one as being more deserving over the other.”


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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 having merged with the Institute of Insurance Brokers (IIB) in November 2011.

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.