BIBA creates regional young ambassadors to promote the interests of younger members

3rd August 2015

Following the success of its ongoing Young Broker Steering Group, the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has appointed a young ambassador to each of its 12 regions.  
The newly appointed ambassadors will represent the interests of younger members across the UK; canvassing views, encouraging learning and promoting insurance broking as a career.  In addition, they will work closely with BIBA and other industry stakeholders to ensure that opportunities for development and progression are available. 
Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive, said: “We said earlier in the year when we launched our Young Broker Steering Group in January that we wanted to address the issue of succession planning in the industry.  Creating our young ambassadors is a natural progression of this initiative.  We see this group of young professionals as instrumental in ensuring we maintain a healthy flow of opportunities through the broking sector, bringing new ideas and helping keep the industry at the forefront of social and technological change.”
Commenting on her appointment Elizabeth Mathew of Gallagher’s (West Midlands region ambassador) said: “There’s a huge amount of untapped talent in the industry and my aim is to make a real impact and galvanise young brokers.”  Adding to this, Alan Clarke, of Higos Insurance (West of England region ambassador) commented: “One of the rewards of my job is seeing young brokers grow into the next generation of professionals.”
The initiative is one that supports BIBA’s 2015 Manifesto call to make the insurance sector as a career of choice and will promote the flow of talent into the industry with young brokers influencing its shape in the future.
Young ambassadors now appointed are:
Alan Clarke, Higos Insurance, West of England 
Alexandra Witham, Everard Insurance, South East
Andrew Weir, Greenwood Insurance, Scotland
Caitlin Dean, Bluefin, Greater Manchester and West Pennine
Elizabeth Mathew, Gallagher’s, West Midlands
Emma Bell, R.K. Harrison, Central
Kerri-Ann Hockley, PolicyBee, Anglia
Lois Williams, Gallagher’s, East Midlands
Louise Jones, Thomas Carroll, South Wales
Sam Gosney, Mason Owen Financial Services, Merseyside, N. Wales, W. Cheshire and IOM.
Stephanie Goldsmith, Ravenhall, Yorkshire and Northern
*Appointment in Northern Ireland to be confirmed.
1.Photos can be downloaded here Alan Clarke – Elizabeth Matthew
3.For further information please contact: 
   BIBA press office:
   Pam Quinn, Communications Manager
   020 7397 0223
4. 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 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 79% 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 400,000 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 industry advising members, the regulators, consumer bodies and other stakeholders on key insurance issues.