6th November 2020

The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) has named Sian Barton, Editor of Insurance Age as the 2020 BIBA Journalist of the Year in a week of digital celebration.

BIBA’s Journalist and Media Awards are held annually to highlight excellence in writing promoting and educating on general insurance matters across a number of categories. Steve White, BIBA’s Chief Executive said: “BIBA has celebrated the work that journalists do to increase the understanding of general insurance for 38 years now, but this was the first we’ve done it virtually!”

Announcing Barton as the winner, White praised her: “Sian has written and curated insurance content for more than six years and is highly respected in our sector, as evidenced in previous wins in our awards. She is known for not shying away from difficult subjects, and for giving her own twists on stories of the moment.”

It was a good year for Insurance Age and its Editor, Sian was awarded Best Interview as well as picking up Highly Commended awards for Thought Leadership and Scoop of the Year. In addition Insurance Age was awarded Publication of the Year for supporting broker issues throughout a difficult year. The judges recognising the hard work the small team undertook to  present timely news and information and the separate ward of Best trade given to its News Editor Ida Axling..

White concluded: “ Our awards showcase the work that journalists, broadcasters, publications and other influential media providers do to increase the understanding of insurance and I would like to thank all entrants who give us such a difficult judging job and congratulate the winners.”

BIBA Journalist and Media Awards winners and highly commended.

Scoop of the Year Award
Hugo Griffiths, Auto Express
Highly Commended:
Siân Barton, Insurance Age

Best Consumer Award
Chiara Cavaglieri, Which? Money

Best Trade Award
Ida Axling, Insurance Age

Most Promising Newcomer Award
Pamela Kokoszka, Insurance Post

Best Interview / Profile Award
Siân Barton, Insurance Age

Best Thought Leadership Award 
Winners: Adam McNestrie and Catrin Shi, The Insurance Insider
Highly Commended:
Siân Barton, Insurance Age

Best Investigative Journalism Award 
Winner: Dean Sobers, Which? Money

Best Campaign Award
  The Insurance Insider Team

Best Digital or Broadcast Award
Winner: Mark Geoghegan, The Voice of Insurance

Best Publication Award
Winner:  Insurance Age

Overall Winner
Siân Barton, Insurance Age

The independent judges

Peter Blanc Group Chief Executive, Aston Lark Limited
Caroline Barr, BIBA Non-Executive Director
Ant Middle, Chief Executive, Ageas UK Limited
Jonathan Evans, BIBA Non-Executive Director
Huw Evans, Director General,  Association of British Insurers’~
Roy White, Chairman, UK, Specialties, Marsh Ltd
Sonya Bryson, Divisional Director, NIG
Clare LeBecq, Group CEO,  The London Market
Keith Stern, Lloyd’s Regional Manager, UK & Ireland, Lloyd’s of London


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